White Pine County School District, Nevada

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White Pine County School District is a school district in Nevada.

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The White Pine County School District is located in White Pine County, Nevada, which is located in the eastern part of the state, is 8,941 square miles and larger than the state of Massachusetts. The White Pine School District served approximately 1,400 students during the 2007-08 school year.[1]

Last rated on December 2, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.[2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[3]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[4]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 5 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 5 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[5]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2008 are available.[6]
  • Contracts
    • Salary schedules are posted.[7]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[2]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance reports for the school are linked to.[8]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Budgets are not archived for the past three years.
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is not identified. Sunshine Review requires a mailing address, phone number and personalized email be listed with this position.
  • Background checks
    • The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are not posted online.

School District Board of Trustees

The school board is responsible adopting an annual budget for the school district based on the educational plan for the district and the recommendations of the administrators. In addition, he board supervises the execution of the budget, reviews school district accounts and provides for an annual audit of the accounts as required by law. The school board is also repsonsible for adopting academic standards for pupils and establishing expectations for the district. The school board monitors student academic achievement and exercises general oversight of the schools in the district.[9]

Member Position
Lori Hunt Chair
Matt Hibbs Vice Chair
Bunny Hill Member
Irene Chacas Member
Denys Koyle Member
Pete Mangum Member
Cyndi Sanborn Member
[10]

Board members are elected to four year terms.[11]

Teacher contracts

The White Pine Association of Classroom Teachers and the White Pine County School District entered into a contract on October 4, 2006, with the agreement beginning on July 1, 2007, and lasting until June 30, 2009.[12] No contract effective after that date has been posted on the White Pine County School District website.

Academic Performance

The White Pine County School District is on a four day school week for the 2009-2010 school year.[13] It was initially introduced in fiscal year 2007 to address the concerns of the lost instructional time experienced by a large percentage of secondary students due to their participation in extra-curricular activities. The community responded positively to the four day week so it was continued.[14]

School Adequate Yearly Progress Results for the 2008-09 Academic Year [15]

School Name School Level Adequate Yearly Progress Classification School Designation
Baker ES Elementary School Made Adequate Yearly Progress Adequate
Lund ES Elementary School Made Adequate Yearly Progress Adequate
McGill ES Elementary School Made Adequate Yearly Progress Adequate
Norman ES Elementary School Did Not Make Adequate Yearly Progress In Need of Improvement
Lund Jr. High Middle School Made Adequate Yearly Progress Adequate
WPMS Middle School Made Adequate Yearly Progress Adequate
Lund Sr. High High School Made Adequate Yearly Progress Adequate
WPHS High School Made Adequate Yearly Progress High Achieving Status
SVHS High School Made Adequate Yearly Progress Adequate

School Budget

Total Governmental Revenue increased from $18,072,772 in FY2007 to $18,508,856 in FY2008. Expenditures increased from $18,598,558 in FY2007 to $24,393,103 in FY2008. The $5,794,575 increase is associated with a $5,040,000 refunding bond issued in March 2008 that replaced $5,425,000 of the 1998 refunding bonds. The District used Debt Service fund reserves to reduce the principal to $5,040,000.[16]

Of the governmental funding received by the school district, local sources represent approximately 40% of total sources. State sources account for 53% and federal sources approximately 7%.[17]

Governmental Fund Expenditures[18]

Description FY 2008 Governmental Expenditures Percentage
Regular Instruction 5,945,166 24.55%
Special Programs 1,718,682 7.10%
Vocational Programs 5 14,442 2.12%
Other Instructional 404,688 1.67%
Adult/Continuing Education 7 38,239 3.05%
Support Services 14,899,473 61.52%
Total Expenditures 24,220,690 100.00%


The average expenditure per pupil in the state of Nevada is $7,742.[19] The White Pine County School Districts spends on average $10,036 per pupil.[20] Of that $10,036, $5,695 (56.7%) of that goes toward instruction, $952 (9.5%) of that goes toward instructional support, $2,416 (24.1%) goes toward operations, and $982 (9.8%) goes toward leadership.[21]

Professional development funding for 2007-08 allocated as follows: $24,762 to "Title V," $7,569 to the "Local Plan," $2,803 to a "Safe and Drug Free" initiative, and $2,320 to "Special Ed."[22]

The White Pine County School District invests any excess cash with the Nevada State Treasurer’s Local Government Investment Pool (LGIP) and money market accounts through Nevada Bank and Trust. Government securities are pledged to secure the funds held with Nevada Bank and Trust. The money market account is used similar to a sweep account. Money is transferred to the operating checking account as needed to cover checks presented for payment. The net interest rate on the LGIP funds as of June 30, 2008 was 2.23% and 2.45% annual percentage yield on the money market account (rounded to nearest 0.01%).[22]

Property Tax

All real property within White Pine County is assigned a parcel number in accordance with state law, with each parcel being subject to physical reappraisal every five years. A factoring system is used to adjust the appraised value during the years between physical appraisals. The assess valuation of the property and its improvements is being assessed at 35% of “taxable value” as defined by statute. The amount of tax levied is developed by multiplying the assessed value by the tax rate applicable to the area in which the property is located. The maximum tax rate was established in the State Constitution at $5.00 per hundred dollars of assessed valuation; however, as a result of the 1979 legislative sessions, the tax rate was further limited to $3.64 per hundred dollars of assessed valuation unless an additional rate is approved by the electorate. White Pine County is currently at this maximum tax limit.[22]

White Pine Regional Recreation Center

The WP Regional Recreation Center is a federal grant in the amount of $250,000 that was secured with the assistance of United States Senator Harry Reid. The building will be will be available for use by the public in addition to a school athletic venue and physical education site. The Extraordinary Repair, Improvement and Maintenance fund is derived from a 1/8 sales tax pursuant to NRS 377B.110. Current revenue was $243,775 the reserved fund balance as of June 30, 2008 was $654,289.[23] Both funds will be used to pay for a portion of the construction costs of the athletic track and field under construction on the White Pine High School complex. The project has been entitled the White Pine Regional Recreation Facility because it is the only facility of its kind in the City of Ely and it will be available to the public for physical fitness and recreation. Construction started in May 2008 and is expected to be complete by June 2009.[22]

Subsequent to year-end, the District secured a loan of $1,750,000 from Carson River Community Bank to assist with the construction of the athletic field (refer to Note 19). In order to secure the note, approximately one half of the annual 1/8 cent sales tax for Extraordinary Repair, Improvement and Maintenance will be transferred to the Debt Services Fund to cover the principal and interest payments on this IPA.[22]

Lobbying

The school board belongs to the Nevada Association of School Boards, a government sector lobbying association.[24]

External links

References

  1. White Pine County School District
  2. 2.0 2.1 White Pine County School District, 2013 Budget, Accessed: December 2, 2012
  3. White Pine County School District, Staff Directory, Accessed: December 2, 2012
  4. White Pine County School District, Elected Officials, Accessed: December 2, 2012
  5. White Pine County School District, Meeting Schedule, Agendas, and Minutes, Accessed: December 2, 2012
  6. White Pine County School District, Finance and Facilities, click on left side menu, Accessed: December 2, 2012
  7. White Pine County School District, Salary Schedules, Accessed: December 2, 2012
  8. Nevada Report Card, Accessed: December 2, 2012
  9. Nevada Association of School Boards
  10. Board Members
  11. "White Pine County School District Financial Statement"
  12. "White Pine County School District Website", Negotiated Agreement, 2007-09
  13. "White Pine County School District Website"
  14. "White Pine County School Financial Statement"
  15. "Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability for White Pine County School District - Adequate Yearly Progress for 2008-09 School Year
  16. White Pine County School District Financial Statement for year ending June 30, 2008
  17. White Pine County School District Financial Statement for year ending June 30, 2008
  18. White Pine County School District Financial Statement for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2008
  19. "Per Pupil Expenditures for 2007-08", Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability, November 11, 2009
  20. "Per Pupil Expenditures for 2007-08", Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability, November 11, 2009
  21. "Per Pupil Expenditures 2007-07 Definition of Funding Categories, Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 "Fiscal Information Professional Development Funding 2007-08", Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability
  23. [1]
  24. Nevada Association of School Boards