Oneonta superintendent reports ‘State of the Schools’



The following is a substantially condensed summary of a presentation Oneonta City Schools Superintendent Michael Douglas made to a group of parents and interested community members at the school auditorium last Thursday night. He asked that the boxed notice be given special attention.

School demographics
• Total enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1492
• White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 997
• Hispanic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 347
• Black . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
• All other. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
• Out-of-district students. . . . . . . . 367
• Students getting English language
services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

Oneonta is a Title 1 school, meaning

• it receives annual federal funding ($209,821 this year)

• used to identify and assist students in meeting academic standards

• used to purchase staffing, programs, and materials

• used to recruit and hire highly qualified teachers

• used to involve parents in planning and activities IMPORTANT NOTICE

All residents of Oneonta are asked to complete the Oneonta City Schools strategic preferences and priorities survey which will be used as an input document to the school district’s 5-year strategic plan. A large response of at least 1000 completed surveys is needed from a cross-section of city residents for valid projections to be made from expressed preferences and priorities, according to Superintendent Michael Douglas. Residents may take the online survey by visiting the Oneonta City Schools website, or may pick up a paper copy at the Oneonta Board office, fill it out, and return it to that office. Discipline

• few discipline issues

• reasons: good students, good parents, good teachers

• 258 total discipline incidences last year

• most common were tardies and failures to report to detention

• 42 considered level 2 incidents – more than routine significance

• least problems with discipline of any place he’s been – Douglas

ACT scores, compared to last year
• English . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up 5%
• Algebra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up 3%
• Reading/Social Studies . . up 4%
• Biology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up 8%
• Total of all four . . . . . . . . . up 9%

How does Oneonta compare?

• typically in top 20 districts (out of 138) statewide, taking all data categories

• considering it ranks 134 out of 138 statewide in spending per pupil, results are “phenomenal,” according to Douglas Funding update

• school system now included as line item in city budget

• based on 4 percent of total city sales tax revenue, totaling $200,000 annually

• if passed, county sales tax will produce an additional $150,000 annually Expenditure highlights (last two years)

Classroom
science lab renovation
classroom desks
Smartboards
technology access points
whiteboards/Chromebooks/calculators
Facilities
auditorium lighting/curtain/sound
two buses
emergency A/C replacements
security cameras
Wish list highlights
People
band/choir teacher
art teacher
Math/science/social studies teachers
English language teacher
special education teacher
elementary teacher
technology teacher
Capital improvements
band room
baseball field
air condition gym
track
turf on football field
auditorium seating/sound
library upgrade
weight room
To do: 5-year strategic plan
• complete stakeholder survey
• capture community priorities
• specify action items and deadlines
• create framework for future decisions