Friday, March 6, 2015

JCC March 6, 2015

District Perspective
Superintendent John Carver  
Office: 563-547-2762
Twitter: johnccarver 
SKYPE: johnccarver

GREAT WORK Crestwood FFA Chapter! 
Congratulations to all those who competed in the FFA Leadership CDE's. Conduct of Meetings was the 1st place team and advances to Districts - Madison Fitzgerald, Amber Hinck, Alexis Gosnell, Karissa Stika, Katie Huhe, Amber Mast, and Kandise Hauber. Tommy Pecinovsky - Bronze in Ag Sales, Judd Grover - Bronze in Creed Speaking, Michael Lensch - Silver in Job Interview. Future Farmers of America, the BEST STEM, school to work program in the United States!

March Madness: CADETS FORWARD!

Good job CADET Girl's Basketball TEAM. The win Tuesday in Des Moines over Spirit Lake was FANTASTIC! 

We are all VERY PROUD of the TEAM!!

Transformation: Howard-Winneshiek
Strategic Plan
As we move forward, the priority remains the vision: to discover, develop and expand passions, creativity and strengths, and mission to prepare and empower our students to think creatively, serve, contribute and succeed locally and globally. 

Howard-Winneshiek recognized nationally as a "District of Distinction"
This past week Howard-Winn was recognized by District Administrator Magazine. Districts of Distinction is a national recognition program created by District Administration magazine to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that work. Howard-Winn joins 62 school districts from across the Nation, along with five others from Iowa, to be recognize for creative initiatives that are yielding quantifiable benefits, and that could be replicated by other districts. Very Cool!

Change and Challenge

It is important to remember that we are working to create new in an environment that is constantly changing, and in many instances, being shaped by forces outside the District. Families are leaving the area for believed economic opportunities when we have jobs here in Howard County to fill. With funding tied to student enrollment and determined by elected officials in Des Moines, rural Iowa and particularly Howard-Winneshiek is vulnerable. The way forward means economic development along with requiting and retaining families.

Short Term (est. 15 months)  
Stabilize the District financially
  • This will be an ongoing challenge as we continue to shrink in enrollment and are dependent on the State Legislature for funding. 
  • Become as efficient as we possibly can, both with work force and operations.  Crucial action are transparent and shared with all. Keri Schatz is important to this mission. 
  • Network/partnership with South-Winn, New Hampton, Turkey Valley and NICC. I think this relationship/partnership will take 12+ months to fully see cost savings.
  • Think outside-the-box and look forward to opportunities.
  • Build capacity (PD) in the secondary staff to provide "flipped" digital instruction for students with no loss of quality.
  • Seek help and build relationships with system thinkers. (For example: perhaps Gates Foundation, Iowa State University, NASA, John Deere? Elliot Smith, Iowa Business Council?) 
  • Network/support recruiting families to Howard-Winn and IOWAC3 (our consortium). 
Mid Term (est. 15-24 months)
  • 2016-17 secondary courses that do not have a lab to be taught digitally/online/flipped, sharing instructors between South-Winn, New Hampton, Turkey Valley and NICC.
  • Develop system template.
  • Fill jobs in Howard County (bring families).
Long Term 2020 Howard-Winn (arrival in transformed condition 5 years)
  • A new "DNA" of teaching and learning that meets and exceeds our Mission and Vision. 
2015-16 Calendar, your thoughts and reflection appreciated!
Public comments are welcome on the proposed calendar for the 2015-16 school year. The design features include:

  • It assumes a start date of Monday, August 24, 2015. The Start Date is still being debated by the State Legislature and subject to the Governor's approval. 
  • Monday full day Professional Develop
  • Coordinated start dates with Turkey Valley, South Winneshiek, New Hampton, and NICC.
  • Exceed the mandatory 1,080 hours of instruction. (This accommodates weather delays.) 
  • We anticipate there will be modification to this proposal as a result of State mandate.  
Your comments, reflections and thinking can be emailed to:

The intent of this calendar is to coordinate with NICC, Turkey Valley, South Winneshiek, and New Hampton, so as to be able to share instruction, professional development opportunities and services.   

Budget Reductions / Negotiations
As has been shared, with declining enrollment and budget concerns, the District is working through decreasing expenditures. 

The initial assumption was that $750,000 in reductions would need to be made over a two-year period. From that first assumption, the environment has changed. It seems funding and enrollment continue to shrink.  

The "Proposed/Projected Reductions FY2016" shares actions taken or that will be taken. What is reflected assumes a pay freeze for teachers and associates. This has yet to be negotiated. 

The Howard-Winn Education Association opening proposal is for a 6% increase. It should be noted that "aging" the salary schedule (estimated 1.25%) is about $105,000. Bus drivers increases are locked in to do a multi-year contract.  

In addition, at Monday's Board meeting, I will recommend that District Administrative salaries be frozen for the 2015-16 school year. 

It is important to note that with continued decline in enrollment, and funding challenges, even with these reductions, future reductions will be a reality. The way forward is to tell the Howard-Winn story, recruit families and grow the region. 

More information will follow. 

CADETS continue to move forward!
Learning and excitement at Howard-Winn last week!  

GREAT Job CADET Boys Basketball TEAM! What a BLAST to play at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids! #PROUD OF YOU! 


in the news! 

Way to go NEIC All-Conference Musicians


Way to go Mrs. Day and #CHSspeech!
24 Division #1 WOW!


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