Low Enrolment & Underutilization in the KPRDSB’s 4 city high schools in Peterborough

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Low Enrolment & Underutilization in the KPRDSB’s 4 city high schools in Peterborough. A Tax Payer’s Perspective Bill Templeman, www.ascentassociates.ca Nov. 24, 2011 . Introduction. This presentation examines only the implications of Board decisions for Peterborough tax payers. . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Low Enrolment & Over-Capacity in the KPRDSBs 4 city high schools in Peterborough

Low Enrolment & Underutilization in the KPRDSBs 4 city high schools in PeterboroughA Tax Payers PerspectiveBill Templeman, www.ascentassociates.ca Nov. 24, 2011 Introduction

This presentation examines only the implications of Board decisions for Peterborough tax payers.

The Numbers

The numbers in this presentation were provided to the ARC process by the KPRDSB.

The Numbers

While these numbers are not new, the analysis and implications in this presentation have not been seen before.The Numbers

Selected maintenance and capital costs Enrolment (actual & projections) A few questions

Maintenance Question?

As maintenance cost at PCVS are less than the other 3 schools and half of the same cost at TASSS, why are we turning away from the lowest cost provider?

SCHOOL RENEWAL CAPITAL Custodial, Maintenance, Utilities and Renewal Costs from KPRCostStats.pdf

Capital Question?

So why are we walking away from a school (PCVS) in good repair upon which we spent over $2,700,000 in plumbing upgrades in 2008?

Enrolment

The tax payer absolutely understands the Board of Educations problem and wants them to fix it as best they can71% todayThe tax payer dislikes underutilizationThe simplest fix is close a schoolThere were 4 schools in the ARC:ASCVIKCVIPCVSTASSSBest UtilizationWorst UtilizationThe Board has decided to close PCVSThis maximizes underutilization which the tax payer does not like.The current situation, 71%, better not happen for a whileUsing the Boards numbers here is 201471% in 2014The Board can change its decisionThe tax payer knows the elected officials, the trustees, are in charge and responsibleThe trustees represent the tax payersThe trustees are the tax payersThe trustees are local tax payers

What about other paths?Details What happens at the schools?Suppose KPRDSB stay on its track:close PCVSmove IAP students to TASSSdistribute the other students to the surviving 3 schoolsassume no attrition from the public system ResultKCVI and TASSS will be below 65% capacity by 2014

KPRDSB Enrolment Modeller

KPRDSB Enrolment Modeller

In closing, tax payers have four questions for the Board:Unanswered Questions

1) Why are we closing a school with the lowest operating costs?

Unanswered Questions

2) Why are we closing a school after recently investing $2.7M tax dollars in upgrades?

Unanswered Questions

3) Why are we closing a school that will not solve the low enrolment problem for the long term?

Unanswered Questions

4) Is the Board spending our tax dollars effectively for the long term? Unanswered Questions

We request a 1-year postponement of any school closure decisions to allow for careful analysis to ensure maximum tax-dollar effectivenessWe therefore request a 1-year postponement of all school closure decisions to allow for careful analysis to ensure maximum tax-dollar effectiveness.I make this request on behalf of tax payers who dont want to see their dollars wasted, on behalf of those who cannot be here, on behalf of board employees who have been cowed into silence by a fatwa of fear, and most of all on behalf of all of us, tax payers, students, families, board employees, and trustees, all of us, have been intimidated for almost two months by a mendacious blitzkrieg of relentless pressure tactics. We have been told by senior board administrators that the decision to close PCVS cannot be reversed. This is just not true. Tonight marks the end of the beginning. We tell our students that if they experience bullying, they should tell their teachers. But what can we do when the Board is the bully? The school yard rules no longer apply. Out here on the streets, when we face a gang of bullies, we stand up and fight. And Director Hick, that fight starts tonight. Thank you.

26A Tax Payers PerspectiveBill Templeman, www.ascentassociates.ca Nov. 24, 2011 Slide presentation and supporting data available for review from Donna Bested per policyRight click and Open Hyperlink to study data:

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