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					School District Long-Term
Demographics Plan
NDCC §15.1-07-26




          School District 3 and 5-Year Planning Documents

North Dakota Century Code 15.1-07-2 requires districts to engage in a long-term
planning process during each even-numbered year. NDSBA has posted forms on this
Website to help you organize data for your planning process. Sample worksheets are also
provided to assist in the goal-setting portion of your planning.


15.1-07-26. School district demographics – Long-term planning process

1.     Between January first and June thirtieth of every even – numbered year, the board
       of each school district shall invite the public to participate in a planning process
       addressing the effects that demographics might have on the district in the ensuing
       three-year and five-year periods, and specifically addressing potential effects on:

       a. Academic and extracurricular programs;

       b. Instructional and administrative staffing;

       c. Facility needs and utilization; and

       d. District tax levies.

2.     At the conclusion of the planning process, the board shall prepare a report,
       publish a notice in the official newspaper of the district indicating that the report
       is available, and make the report available upon request.
School District Long-Term
Demographics Plan
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                      SCHOOL DISTRICT LONG-TERM
                         DEMOGRAPHICS PLAN

                                    NDCC §15.1-07-26


We, the School Board and superintendent/business manager of the __________________

School District have completed the data gathering that was outlined in NDCC 15.1-07-26

and provided the information at public information presentations for our patrons and

sought their responses regarding our future course of action. Those responses and

alternatives are also reported as part of our completed plan.




_____________________________                         ______________________________
Signature of School Dist. Supt/                       Signature of School Board President
       Business Manager




Dated this ________ day of _______________________, __________.
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                          Description of High School Programs and Services


      Required Units

    High        2008-09
   school      (students
  courses      must take        CONTENT AREA                                                  SERVICES
 (must be          to                                           No. of                                                          Currently
  offered      graduate)                                        Units                                                           Offered?
over 4- yr       NDCC                                         Currently
  period)       15.1-21-                                       Offered                                                          (Yes/No)
NDCC              02.2
15.121-02

      4             4         English language arts                 5           Special Education                                     4


      4             2         Mathematics                           4           Counseling                                            4

      4
                    2         Science                               5           Library/Media                                         4

      4
                              Social studies (may incl                          Art (Specialist)                                      4
                              ½ unit of ND Studies
½ unit ND                     and ½ unit of
 Studies                                                                        Music (Specialist)                                    4
                    3         multicultural studies)               4.5
 must be
 offered                                                                        Physical Education (Specialist)                       4
 every 2
   yrs                                                                          Computer (Specialist)                                 4

                                                                                Adult Education                                       N
    ½ PE                      Physical education
½ Health                      (may incl ½ unit of                   2           Chemical Dependency Counseling                        N
                    1         health)
                                                                   .5           Social Worker                                         N
2 of same                     Foreign or native
language                      language                              2           Gifted and Talented Program
                                                                                                                                      N

                              Fine Arts (music and
    2 (one
                              art)                                  3           Athletics - How many? _________                       7
    must be
    music)          1
    2 CTE                     Career and Technical
    courses                   Education (See Note 1                             Clubs – How many? _________                           3
                              below)                                7
                                                                                Co-curricular Activities – How
                                                                                many? _________                                       4

                                                                                Distance Education                                    7

1
  CTE course areas include: Agriculture, Business and Office Technology, Career Development, Diversified Occupations, Family and
  Consumer Sciences, Health Occupations, Information Technology, Marketing Education, Technology Education, Commercial Art,
  Auto Collision Technology, Automotive Technology, Automotive General Service Technology, Parts Merchandising and
  Management, Diesel Technology, Photography, Construction Technology, Facilities Maintenance, Heating, Ventilating and Air
  Conditioning, Sheet Metal Technology, Residential Plumbing , Electrical Technology, Drafting Technology, Television Production,
  Electronic Technology, Graphic Communications, Machine Tooling Technology, Welding Technology, Recreational Small Engine,
  Technology, Aviation Technology
2
  The number of units required for high school graduation is 21 credits for students graduating in 2007-08; 22 credits for students
  graduating in 2009-10; and 24 credits for students graduating in 2011-2012.
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                              Graduation Requirements
Courses required for graduation are now stated in North Dakota Century Code. Both the
2007-08 Interim Education Committee and Commission on Education Improvement are
studying the desirability and feasibility of increasing required units--at least in math and
science. The prospect of increased graduation course requirements should be part of your
discussions.

Graduation requirements are found in NDCC 15.1-21-02.1 and 02.2.


                 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

English language arts                          4 units

Math                                           2 units

Science                                        2 units

Social Studies                                 3 units (may include ½ unit ND studies &
                                               ½ unit multi-cultural studies)

Physical Education                             1 unit (may include ½ unit of health)

Foreign/Native American language               1 unit
Fine arts
CTE

Electives                                      2007-08: 8 units
(Unless specific course requirements are       2009-10: 9 units
increased)                                     2010-11: 11 units

Number of units to graduate                    Current: 21
                                               2009-10: 22
                                               2011-12: 24
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                              HIGHLY QUALIFIED STAFF

Number of teaching positions currently held
by individuals NOT meeting highly qualified                                 0
requirements
Number of aide positions currently held by
individuals NOT meeting highly qualified                                    0
requirements

                             STATE ASSESSMENT RESULTS


                                                    Previous Year                      Current Year

                                                    Met         Not Met               Met          Not Met


District Adequate Yearly Progress                   X                                 X


                             Subgroup Status on State Assessment


                                                    Previous Year                      Current Year
             Subgroup Category
                                               Reading            Math           Reading            Math
                                                          Not         Not                   Not         Not
                                              Met         Met   Met   Met       Met         Met   Met   Met


Students with disabilities


Ethnicity groups


Students with limited English proficiency


Economically Disadvantaged
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                               Fall Enrollment

        Category            Current    1 Year      3 Year      5 Year
                                      Projected   Projected   Projected
Pre-K Enrollment               0
Kindergarten Enrollment        7          5          4            5
Grade One Enrollment          10          7          6           11
Grade Two Enrollment           8         10          5            4
Grade Three Enrollment        12          8           7           6
Grade Four Enrollment         10         12          10           5
Grade Five Enrollment         11         10           8           7
Grade Six Enrollment          12         11          12          10
Grade Seven Enrollment        14         12          10           8
Grade Eight Enrollment        10         14          11          12
Grade Nine Enrollment         17         10          12          10
Grade Ten Enrollment          14         17          14          11
Grade Eleven Enrollment       14         14          10          12
Grade Twelve Enrollment        14        14          17          14
K-6 Total Enrollment           70        63          52          48
7-9 Total Enrollment           41        36          33          30
10-12 Total Enrollment         42        45          41          37
7-12 Total Enrollment          83        81          74          67
K-12 Total Enrollment         153       144         126         115
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                         Enrollment History and Projections

                - 10  -5            Present     %     +3    +5            %    Trend (+/-)
                Years Years                   Change* Years Years       Change
                                                                          **
Pre K
Kindergarten        8         9        7       12%      4       5        28%        (-)
1-6 Grade          67        65       63        5%     48      43        31%        (-)
7-8 Grade          26        32       24        7%     21      20        16%        (-)
9-12 Grade          77       72        59      23%    53        47       20%        (-)
Total              178      178       153      14%     126     115       24%        (-)

       *       Percentage of change from previous 10 years to present
       **      Percentage of change from present to 5 year projection



                                    Expenditures/Pupil

        Year                General Fund Budget       Pupils         Expenditures/Pupil
                                  1,637,402            170                  9,632
    2003 to 2004
                                  1,639,877            165                  9,939
    2004 to 2005
                                  1,655,151            151                 10,965
    2005 to 2006
                                  1,801,182            164                 10,983
    2006 to 2007
                                  1,833,217            153                 11,982
    2007 to 2008
      Current
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                 General Fund Revenues, Expenditures, Balances

        Year                Revenues               Expenditures     Balances
                            1,654,927               1,637,402       534,823
      03 to 04
                            1,804,613               1,639,877       699,559
      04 to 05
                            1,713,729               1,655,677       755,800
      05 to 06
                            1,842,009               1,801,182       796,627
      06   to 07
                            1,800,261               1,833,217       763,671
      07 to 08
       Current



                                     Mill Levies

     Year          General Tuition      Building            Other      Total
                        165.48           9.18                   -      174.66
  2003 to 2004
                        165.67           9.32                   -      174.99
  2004 to 2005
                        144.98           8.65                   -      153.63
  2005 to 2006
                        139.17            8.3                   -      147.47
  2006 to 2007
                        161.41           8.26                   -      169.67
  2007 to 2008
    Current
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                                   Instructional Staff

                             Current Staff                 Projected
                                                3 Yr. Projected   5 Yr. Projected
           K                      .905              .905               .905
           1-6                     5.5               5.5                5.5
           7-12                    8.5               8.5                8.5

          *Note: By 2006 all teachers must be highly qualified.


                                  Administrative Staff

                        Current Staff                           Projected
                                                 3 Yr. Projected        5 Yr. Projected
K                           1.5                         1.5                   1.5
1-6                         1.5                         1.5                   1.5
7-8                         1.5                         1.5                   1.5
9-12                        1.5                         1.5                   1.5
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               OBJECTIVES OF THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT PLAN

 Chapter 15.1-07 of the North Dakota Century Code requires school boards
on every even numbered year to participate in a planning process addressing
the effects that demographics might have on the district in the ensuing three-
year and five-year periods. Specifically, the plan will address potential effects
on:
       a. Academic and extracurricular programs
       b. Instructional and administrative staffing
       c. Facility needs and utilization; and
       d. District tax levies


Throughout this report, the school board has provided a numerical and/or
summative response to these questions. The summative responses address six
basic questions.

       a. An overview of school facilities and future needs
       b. Where the district is now
       c. Where the district is going; and
       d. Where does the board want to go to serve students and the
          community as best it can.
       e. Effects of demographic changes on academic programs
       f. Effects of demographic changes on extracurricular programs
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AN OVERVIEW OF SCHOOL FACILITIES AND FUTURE NEEDS:

The Scranton Public School building and grounds are in excellent condition and maintained very
well. Physical upgrades and repairs are ongoing as needed to keep our facilities attractive and
efficient. Within the past year major upgrades have been made to the computer lab, gymnasium,
hallway lockers, lounge and security in the school. We have also added air conditioning in
several rooms as well as a wireless computer lab in the library.

Each year our technology resources continue to grow and become more advanced.. Additional
desktop computers, laptops computers, digital cameras, projectors, video cameras and SMART
Boards have been purchased or replaced. Most recently we purchased a Senteo system that is
portable and can be used in any classroom as an instructional tool. Our school is very well
equipped with the most up-to-date technology for our students and teachers. Since 2006 our
SMART Board technology has doubled going from six to twelve units. We have ongoing
professional development for our teachers to learn more about this kind of technology and utilize
it for more effective teaching.

Beginning in August, 2008 we will be members of the Great Western Network. This I-TV
consortium consists of about forty high schools. Dual credit is also available through various
universities. We believe this greater number of schools will give us more flexibility and
opportunities for our students. The conversion from MPEG digital technology to H.323 and
analog lines will take place during the summer of 2008.

The building has recently undergone fire inspections as well as asbestos inspections according to
the law. The building is up to code and no modifications are needed at this time. The boilers
have also been inspected and are in good working condition. Any modifications or changes
requested by the Fire Marshal, asbestos inspector or boiler inspector have been made in a timely
manner.

Currently we are researching the feasibility of an office remodel project. We have asked
consultants to look at the project and provide estimates. A change of administrative structure at
the school facilitates the need to coordinate offices in a more efficient floor plan.

The grounds are also in overall good condition. Last summer we completed a significant asphalt
project at the south and west of the building. Improvements to the physical appearance of the
sports complex have been made with the planting of a new grass variety. We are also
considering a grass irrigation system in the front of the building.

There is no reason to believe that there will be any degradation to the school plant and grounds
over the next five years.
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WHERE IS THE DISTRICT NOW:

Currently our K-12 enrollment is 151 students. Looking back at our demographic prediction
created in 2006, we had 153 students enrolled at that time. We predicted a rapid decline in
student numbers over the next three years. In actuality however, we enrolled 160 students in
2007 and this year we have 153 students enrolled. We have one combined classroom in the
elementary. We have tried to avoid combining early elementary classrooms but class sizes from
year to year dictate logical combinations. We know that by extending our Kindergarten year,
those students will achieve greater success in first grade. In the secondary we have a full staff to
instruct core areas as well as elective courses such as business, foreign language and vocational
agriculture. Currently we have two academic core classes combined by grade as well as some
elective courses. are not combined in the secondary except where elective classes are concerned.
By the fall of 2008, our administrative staff will consist of a Superintendent/Secondary Principal
position as well as an Elementary Principal/Athletic Director.

Our school has consistently been accredited with commendation which means we are placing
highly qualified instructors in the classrooms. This will be a challenge for us in the future with
the “No Child Left Behind” law and the shortage of teachers in core areas. We have worked
diligently with the teaching staff to ensure their status as highly qualified. Difficulties may lie in
replacing these teachers as they retire or seek other opportunities.

Financially the school district is stable. The interim fund (carry over) shows a solid balance
from one year to the next. Predicting our financial future is very difficult for a couple of
reasons. First, we predict the new school funding formula put in place by the last legislature will
continually change and adversely affect our revenue. Secondly, dollars dedicated to education
by the state is impossible to predict from one biennium to the next. As with any entity, if large
funding shortages occur, budget cuts will be eminent.

Educationally several indicators reinforce that Scranton students are performing very well. Since
the beginning of the high stakes testing under NCLB, our district has always made AYP in both
the elementary and secondary. Our district has taken great strides to improve achievement and
student assessments. Over the past five years we have worked with McREL to map our
curriculums and align content with the state standards. We have also worked extensively with
the NWEA testing program to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in both our students and our
curriculum. We will continue to work with both of these companies in the future in a ongoing
effort to improve education.

The Scranton School District takes pride in the achievements of its students as well as the
progressive nature of the district. Our strongest assets include a strong educational staff, a
friendly and positive environment, and community support from parents and patrons.
Community surveys for strategic plans verify that the Scranton community takes pride in their
school
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WHERE IS THE DISTRICT GOING:

The Scranton School District is currently experiencing declined enrollment from last year but the
same enrollment as the year prior. Using our Fall Enrollment Reports to compare enrollment
from year to year, enrollment numbers over the last five years is as follows: 2007-2008 (153
students), 2006-2007 (167 students), 2005-2006 (153 students), 2004-2005 (167 students), 2003-
2004 (170 students). In the past we have used our census numbers to make future enrollment
predictions. In reality, these numbers have not proven to be very accurate. Even when
predicting one year in the future, the predicted number has been underestimated by as many as
fourteen students. A growing need for a workforce in southwest North Dakota is a contributing
factor to this unpredictability.

Our Kindergarten to graduation numbers indicate our enrollment will take another dramatic
change over the next five years. The numbers show a rapid downward trend with enrollment
(refer to the inserted table). Hopefully like in the past, new students will curb this rapid decline
and enrollment changes will not be as dramatic

The possibility of the construction of a power plant or an ethanol plant in our area could have a
large impact on our school and community. At this point in time, we know of no definite
commitment by the companies to break ground on the project.

Even though the projections show a decline in numbers, the Scranton School Board is dedicated
to providing for quality education and preserving programs to the extend possible. If budget cuts
are necessary in the future, the board will study overall budget expenditures, classroom
combinations possibilities or a reduction in program.


WHERE DOES THE BOARD WANT TO GO TO SERVE STUDENTS AND THE
COMMUNITY AS BEST IT CAN:

The Scranton School Board plans to continue the services it is currently providing throughout the
next five years. This includes maintaining a strong curriculum, utilizing and expanding distance
education opportunities for students and adults. Dual credit and college credit courses are
examples of how this interactive technology is used to prepare our students beyond high school.

The Scranton School District will continue to provide for and improve educational opportunities.
Current initiatives in the areas of curriculum development, professional development and school
technology will be sustained and ongoing. We will continue to collaborate with neighboring
school districts in providing for professional development where commonalities exist.

The board understands that during the next five years, issues involving students and finance will
arise with both curricular and extra-curricular activities. The channel of communications will
remain open if and when tough decisions need to be made. It is important to the school board
that our community is informed and their wishes heard.
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EFFECTS OF DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES ON ACADEMIC PROGRAMS:

The projected change in demographics over the next five years indicates that class numbers will
decline. As stated earlier, in order to operate efficiently financially, combining classrooms at
various levels and restructuring staff are future probabilities. This is more easily achieved
through natural attrition of staff (retirement, changing positions, etc.) We have taken these steps
in the past by combining responsibilities when staff members have left the district. This will
occur again in the fall of 2008 as administrative roles will be combined. It is important to note
that there is a difference between anticipated student enrollment and actual student enrollment.
Over the next five years the school board will be examining this trend annually.

EFFECTS OF DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES ON EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS:

The Scranton School Board will continue to monitor future participant numbers on an annual
basis. Currently we are involved with cooperatives in football, wrestling, speech and cross-
country track. We feel that all of these co-ops are successful but strive to keep our programs
locally when numbers permit. These are important programs for our school and community.

We realize that with the projected decline of student enrollment that more decisions may be
needed. Often times schools our size go through a period of decline in a program. Decisions on
programs are based on whether or not these numbers will adequately recover in the future to
sustain the program. In some instances the declining numbers of participants limit the amount of
teams (3 in basketball) we have traditionally fielded, but there are still enough athletes to sustain
a program. Extra-curricular programs are also monitored annually by the Board of Education.


PUBLIC MEETING ON_2008

A public meeting on school demographics and planning was held at ___ p.m. on _____, 2008 in
the schools music room. Notification of the meeting was published in the school newsletter and
a sign was posted near the entryway of the school. Notice of the meeting also appeared in the
school memo which is distributed to staff and posted on the school web site.

When School Board President Mona Teske called the meeting to order there were ___ people in
the audience. The plan was handed out for review and brief discussion was held on various
topics in the plan. Chairperson Teske called for questions and comments about the plan. The
board suggested that the plan be available in the office for patrons to take and review. The
public meeting on the plan ended at ____.

				
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