Weekly Update 12-22-15

Wright City R-II School District

Hello Wildcats!

A brief update.

First off, I wish you and yours the safest and warmest of holiday season that lays before you. If I don't run into you during the break, I will see you next year!

And...if you give others gifts in the near future, let's hope they like them better than my dogs liked their new dog beds...picture is 1 day after they received said beds!

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Trivia...holiday movie style

  1. What is the name of Rudoph's dad?
  2. Who wrote "The Nightmare Before Christmas?"
  3. The rabbit in the magic hat in "Frosty the Snowman" is named...?
  4. What is the Scrooge's first name?

For those of you...

...who have family members that are also small business owners (or if you are yourself), I thought this picture might be a good reminder of why we need to take a break with family and friends over the holidays.
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Special Education Director

I wanted to thank the entire selection committee for their hard work so far and to come. We have interviews set up for the week of January 4th...weather permitting.

Thank you to Kelly Brooks, Jackie Nierman, Mary Ann Mueller, James Baker, Teah Kelly, Anna Burlage, Donna Jones, Rebecca Schoolcraft, Jill Smoot, Konee Box, Andrea Shremp, Shawn Brown, Doug Smith, Dawn Day, Michele Reigh and Jen Hecktor for giving of their time and perspective.

State Finance Update

As I try to do once a month, this is a section updated where the state is revenue wise.

Individual Income Taxes are up 7.79%!

Sales & Use Tax are up 2.75%

Corporate Inc. & Franchise Tax is down 5.88%

Other collections are down 3.25%

Overall, revenue is up 5.45%, or $188 million more.

Refunds are also up, by 23.3%, or by $52 million.

So, the actual Net Revenue YTD is up 4.22%, or $136 million.

When we look at funds that go directly to schools, Prop C is up 3.85% for July-December. And, it is 51.19% of the appropriation...so it is trending well. 6 months down should equate 50%.

Gaming, believe it or not, is up! by a mere 0.30%. However, it is only 45.57% of appropriations...so it is not trending so well according to the budget. The good news is that this appears to be the 2nd straight year without a big drop in revenue from gaming.


As you may or many not know, our state revenue is not based on enrollment. It is based on attendance. Average Daily Attendance, or ADA, is the average number of students present in a day for the year.

States often have a formula for distributing funds adequately (based on student needs), equitably (fairly to all districts) or a combination of the two. For those that do the former, that is done in many ways. Some states will list weights by specific disability for example. Missouri favors the adequacy, but does so via WADA.

WADA is Weighted Average Daily Attendance. The formula has 3 groups that it looks at. Free & Reduced Lunch (FRL), Special Education (IEP) and Limited English Proficiency (LEP). They look at high performing districts and the average % of their students who fit one of those 3 buckets. They do so every other year. They then set that average as a threshold called State Adequacy Target (SAT). If your % is higher than the SAT, then you receive more funds.

DESE just released a revision of the SAT for FY17 and FY18 for the 3 areas.

  • FRL: 35.4%
  • IEP: 12.3%
  • LEP: 1.9%

They take a data point at 3 different times for each of these.

The FRL is calculated on the last Wednesday of January for resident students who have attended at least 1 of the previous 10 days of school. They then take a multiplier of 1.25 for the pupil count that exceeds the threshold of the SAT.

IEP...that data is collected in December. And the multiplier is 1.75.

LEP...that data is collected in October. And the multiplier is 1.60.

Obviously, 2 of the 3 have occurred this year.

Our FRL rate last year was at 54.7%. ,That higher than the 35.4% SAT and higher than the state average of 51.7%.

Our IEP rate was in the upper 14% range last year and preliminary data looks to be slightly above 15%.

LEP, we tend to be very close to the SAT.

December 25th...Full Moon!

This will not happen again till the 30's. So, let's see if anyone can get these pictures recreated on this rare holiday.

A little holiday humor

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And...for the fellow pet owners you will meet over the holidays...

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Trivia Answers

  1. What is the name of Rudoph's dad? Donner
  2. Who wrote "The Nightmare Before Christmas?" Tim Burton
  3. The rabbit in the magic hat in "Frosty the Snowman" is named...? Hocus Pocus
  4. What is the Scrooge's first name? Ebenezer


See you next year!
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