Francis Howell School District, Missouri

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Francis Howell is a school district in Missouri. The district encompasses over 150 square miles in the southeast corner of St. Charles County. Cities in the district include St. Peters, Cottleville, Weldon Spring, Harvester, New Melle, south- ern portions of St. Charles City, and eastern portions of O’Fallon. It employs 1,262 certified employees, 1,004 non-certified employees, and 80 administrators. Total enrollment is 19,988. Students are served in 3 early childhood centers, 10 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 3 high schools, 1 alternative high school, and 1 alternative education center. 17.2% of students receive free or reduced price lunches.[1]

Budget

The Francis Howell School District's budget is published on its website.[2]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2009-2010 $170,298,036 77.4% $5,462,739 2.5% $11,178,718 5.1% $17,221,024 7.8% $15,999,293 7.3% $220,159,810
2010-2011 $171,254,357 74.5% $3,828,923 1.7% $10,647,334 4.6% $17,798,630 7.7% $26,494,619 11.5% $230,023,862
2011-2012 $163,461,178 70.2% $4,216,019 1.8% $11,127,495 4.8% $34,240,077 14.7% $19,763,360 8.5% $232,808,129
2012-2013 $177,233,342 78.3% $4,027,000 1.8% $12,637,944 5.6% $15,073,347 6.7% $17,316,212 7.7% $226,287,845
2013-2014 $181,783,157 83.5% $5,777,000 2.7% $12,288,565 5.6% $15,398,366 7.1% $2,500,000 1.1% $217,747,088
Averages: $172,806,014 77% $4,662,336.2 2% $11,576,011.2 5% $19,946,288.8 9% $16,414,696.8 7% $225,405,346.8

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Missouri school district websites

Last rated on Dec. 17, 2012.

The good

  • Taxes
    • Tax levy rates are provided in budget documents.[3]
  • Budgets
    • Budgets are posted.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas and minutes are available.[4]
  • Elected officials
    • Names and contact details are posted for elected officials.[5]
  • Contracts
    • Open contracts and requests are posted.[6]
    • Teacher salary schedules are disclosed.[7]
    • Vendor contract information can be found searching through meeting minutes.
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[3]
  • Academics
    • State academic performance details are linked to.[8]
  • Background checks
    • Background check forms are provided by the Department of Human Resources.[9]
  • Administrative officials
    • Administrative officials are list with a phone number, email, and general mailing address.[10]
  • Public records
    • Information on how to request public records is provided along with a form and fee schedule.[11]
    • The communications department serves as the public information officer and provides an email, phone number, and general mailing address.[12]

The bad

  • Contracts
    • Approved contract statements, or values, for current vendors is not provided, but is included a separate section called BoardDocs.

Leadership

School Board

Policy is set by a seven member Board of Education. Current school board members are:[5]

Name Position Term expires
Marty Hodits President 2015
Dr. Cynthia Bice Vice-President 2013
Amy McEvoy Treasurer 2013
Mark Lafata Director 2014
Mike Hoehn Director 2014
Eric Seider Director 2015
Mike Sommer Director 2014

Teacher Contracts

Average teacher salaries per year are:[13]

Year Average total
year salary
2008 $51,975
2009 $54,780
2010 $55,623
2011 $56,349

The 2012-2013 teacher salary schedule can be found here. Salaries range from $36,321 to $88,130.[14]

Administrative Officials

Average administrative salaries were:[13]

Year Average administrator
salary
2008 $97,724
2009 $103,841
2010 $105,018
2011 $105,733

Unions

Teachers are represented by the Francis Howell Education Association, an affiliate of the Missouri National Education Association.[15]

Academic performance

The district's 2011 graduation rate was 94.3%, above the Missouri state average of 86.7%. The 2011 dropout rate was 09.%, below the state average of 3.4%.[13]

The district met two of four overall No Child Left Behind Targets, in the attendance and graduation rate categories.[13]

74.47% of graduates took the ACT exam, higher than the state average of 64.24%. The district's composite ACT score was 22.60.[13]

Reform

The Francis Howell School District has seen an increase in test scores, which the district attributes to very intentional work done over the past 10 years to increase student achievement, such as:
• Implementing Professional Learning Communities, a model for school improvement where teachers collaborate regularly to support student learning;
• Revising District curricula in each content area and grade level to reflect the most recent standards and expectations outlined in the Missouri School Improvement Program;
• Utilizing Marzano’s Instructional Strategies, researched based methods for improving instruction and student learning;
• Implementing interventions to support struggling students and identify possible learning and behavior needs; and
• Instituting purposeful and focused Professional Development for teachers.

Based multiple measures of achievement, including national measures such as ACT and Advanced Placement, state MAP tests, and other local data, students in Francis Howell are getting a high-quality education and regular increases in student achievement have been reported annually.

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