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Important Announcement

On Monday, May 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m., the O-M Board of Education will be providing a public forum following the regular board meeting that begins at 5:30 p.m.  During the next week, information about staffing, accreditation, enrollment, finances, and reorganization/dissolution will be shared on the school website and social media.

The attached chart shows district staffing compared to enrollment.  Enrollment data starts in 2001 and the staffing comparisons begin in 2011 for teachers and administrators.  Certified enrollment is used to calculate budget information for a district.  Served enrollment relates to the number of students being served in the district.  The chart on the bottom left labeled  Students* Per Certified Staff And Regular Education Teachers shows for many years O-M has more staff serving fewer students when compared to the state.  The same is true for administrators.  

 

A recent staffing issue facing most districts in the state is the ability to hire licensed staff to teach in all content areas.  For the 2023-24 school year, the district employed multiple long-term substitute positions to cover content areas.  While this is not a reflection on those staff who helped the district, it is potentially an accreditation issue for the future if the Board of Educational Examiners does not approve the district's waiver applications.

 

The district has reduced staff as enrollment has declined, but the rate of reduction and the increase in staffing costs have exceeded general fund resources.  Monday information will be shared related to offer and teach and Chapter 12 for school accreditation.

O-M Staffing Compared to Enrollment Document

Below is a document outlining steps for reorganization.  The process requires a simple majority of the voters in both districts to approve the reorganization resolution to pass.  Reorganization usually follows whole grade sharing of districts.  While the board originally explored whole grade sharing with Nodaway Valley following the feasibility study from Green Hills AEA, enrollment numbers and financial projections are requiring the board to explore other options.  On Friday, information about the dissolution process will be shared.

Steps For Reorganization

The legal summary to dissolve a district is provided.  This requires a simple majority of the voters to be approved.  At a minimum, a citizen committee is created providing input to the board.  In visiting with a superintendent who worked through the process to dissolve a district, that district also created a committee to create a plan for memorabilia.  A building committee could be another group for the board's consideration to create.

 

The second chart provides current tax rates of surrounding districts to Orient-Macksburg.  The public forum is  scheduled for Monday, May 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The forum will be largely open for questions and comments to the board with a very brief overview of the data shared with the public.  The board will not take any action on May 20, but it is anticipated a decision will be made by June 30, 2024.

Orient Macksburg Dissolution Memo

Orient Macksburg and Surrounding Tax Rates

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