The Vision 2020 plan was presented to the Davenport Community Schools Board members at the regular Board meeting on February 26, 2018. Board members heard recommendations from district administration on a responsible and proactive plan that we can implement to restructure its facilities and finances while preserving our values and strengths.
The Davenport Community School District is facing difficult realities in the present and the future. It is important to retain our areas of strength, continue to support our District of Distinction initiatives, and honor our part. Our diverse urban district offers students unique opportunities. We want to continue to support those opportunities as well as being able to respond to new opportunities to provide the best possible education for our students.
The realities we face include a loss of 2,298 students from the 1991-1992 through the 2017-2018 school year. With our current enrollment we have an excess capacity in our schools that could accommodate over 2,000 additional students. State projections show that our enrollment may be down by 600 students by the year 2023. These enrollment trends, combined with an assumption of continued State Supplemental Aid increases of 1% per year and a loss of revenue totalling $13,274,250 due to inequality in State per pupil funding for the past 40 years, means that we must restructure in order to be fiscally prudent and continue to provide a high-quality public education for our students. We have received questions regarding how the district works with the City of Davenport regarding the population and demographic trends they are seeing in their research for city planning. Please take time to review the Development and Enrollment Trends 05082018.
The Vision 2020 presentation to the Board was the first step in a lengthy and methodical process of presenting more detailed facts to the Board for public discussion. Please take time to review our Revised Vision 2020 Plan 08272018, as some substantial changes have been made.
As a part of the budget reductions outlined in the Vision 2020 plan, the Davenport Community School District is interested in exploring outsourcing options for all services provided by the district. Dr. Tate has requested Outsourcing Request for Letters of Interest in providing outsourced support and services. Letters must be provided to Dr. Tate for consideration no later than September 10, 2018.
We held Public Forums on May 9 at Kahler Auditorium. Central High School and on June 12 at the West High School Auditorium. Both forums were well-attended. Our third and final forum will be held on Wednesday, September 5th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the North High School Auditorium.
Please join us at the September 5th forum or share your thoughts with us via email at Feedback.