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Reorganization FAQs

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WCCS acknowledges that there are a lot of questions regarding pay, sick days, insurance, benefits, etc. For that reason we have drafted a resolution that addresses most of these issues. Throughout the FAQ you may see “Please see resolution.” as our response. I would urge you to view this document first as it will address several of these questions.

What will the tax impact be on any projects for SC campuses if separation occurs? Is it correct if a referendum for a project happens everyone will be affected on property tax, but if no referendum happens and projects still go on those that are capped on property taxes do not pay, so those that are not capped will see a larger increase in taxes?

The current bonds that have been issued have been done in a manner in which each school “pays their own way” so that in the event that succession is succesful then one school corporation will not be paying for projects outside of their current school. In the event that the vote fails, then these projects would paid for by all West Clark stake holders.

How is maintenance going to be shared when there isn’t a central maintenance in place now?

Those details have not been sorted out yet but will be finalized prior to a succession vote.

What will the additional/unexpected cost be to prepare for possible separation, meaning how will that affect the 5% margin the state stated each new district would have to start, would this cause us to have an immediate tax increase to just get the new districts up and going.

WCCS will be incurring some additional cost as it prepares for succession. These cost will not have an impact on the 5% margin since these cost will be incurred by the current administration and WCCS.

Will the new boards have legal authority to vote on matters (such as rehiring of staff and adoption of curriculum) immediately after the May 5th election or will they have to wait until July 1 to vote on such matters?

The interim board cannot take any official legal action until July 1st. The interim board can make non binding decisions prior to July 1st if it so desires.

If WCCS ceases to exist after June 30th, will 2019-20 contracts have to be paid in full by WCCS before it dissolves? Will this result in a gap in pay for 10 month employees whose pay is divided between 26 pays from the end of June until sometime in August?

We do not anticipate any disruption in the pay cycles. Details are not finalized to date but will be prior to succession vote.

How will the American Fidelity 125 program be handled? Just move to the new district’s payroll?

Yes.

What will the tax impact be on any projects for SC campuses if separation occurs? Is it correct if a referendum for a project happens everyone will be affected on property tax, but if no referendum happens and projects still go on those that are capped on property taxes do not pay, so those that are not capped will see a larger increase in taxes?

The separation itself will have no bearing on property taxes. Future projects will obviously have an impact on individual property taxes but those future projects would still have to be approved thru a public referendum just as they are now.

How is maintenance going to be shared when there isn’t a central maintenance in place now?

Each campus will fund their own maintenance needs. Those employees hired by the central office will be funded by Silver Creek and their time charged to whichever campus they are performing services for.

How will the American Fidelity 125 program be handled? Just move to the new district’s payroll?
Do employees need to be asking for annuities that were aquired through the district, to be signed and moved away from the district’s “ownership”?

We will have a committee investigating this question.

How will retirement, VEBA, and life insurance be handled? Will money follow the employee that has been set aside for that employee?
Will teachers be permitted to help with getting signatures?

Not necessary, the current school board has decided to have succession determined by the May 5, 2020 election.

How long would it take to get a petition out to the voters?

We will not be going with a petition, the current school board has decided to have succession determined by the May 5, 2020 election.

Will the school board move forward immediately with a petition?

No, the current school board has decided to have succession determined by the May 5, 2020 election.

Who will take over the purchasing for the cafeteria food services to continue smoothly as well as ensure compliance with state and federal codes?
Who will over see grant writing, the title I money, free and reduced paperwork, and other state compliance issues to keep funding at current levels?

Central office functions will continue as they are now and be distributed on a 45/55 split.

What will happen with the gifted and talented support services? What will happen at the high school level?
What will happen with IT support and the contract with the server company? Will this have to be recreated and purchased at a much higher rate for both districts?

Shared resources would be divided on a 55/45 bases. (45% charged to H-ville, Borden; 55% charged to Silver Creek).

What will happen with the outside counseling support services? Is there state money to help cover these important services?

We do not anticipate any changes with outside services.

What will happen with textbook adoption materials from the past two years? What about textbook adoption in the future? The state no longer reimburses for low income families on an equitable basis as they did in the past. The district now carries the bulk of the burden.

We will have a committee investigating this question.

What will happen to special education support? How will the cost for special education coordinator(s) to assist and guide special education teachers to coordinate state compliance for two districts impact costs for both districts? Will the additional cost will impact student services with the redirecting of money?

We do plan on entering into a co-op model so that special services will not be negatively impacted and would remain as they are today.

What will happen to those students that are a part of the Conexus Program?
Will students in Special Ed be moved back to their home schools? Ex:Moderate students who attend the program at Borden? Would they be sent back to Silver Creek?

We do plan on entering into a co-op model so that special services will not be negatively impacted and would remain as they are today.

Upon reorganization will our Veba accounts be honored?
Will each school be able to offer the same student programs, or will some programs be cut from some schools after the split.
Will our Veba’s and Sick/Personal Days be honored by the 2 new systems, or will we loose them ?
Is there a chance that the Silver Creek schools will be absorbed into a neighboring school system (eg. Greater Clark)?

There are no plans or conversations with neighboring corporations taking place at this time.

PTO days for our operations laborers, site managers, will they loose their days?
Will the reorganization affect teacher’s salaries and benefits?
What will happen with special ed services? Will we have a co-op model where we will still be able to utilize programs such as self-contained classes, in other buildings or will these programs be provided in each indivisual school?

We do plan on entering into a co-op model so that special services will not be negatively impacted and would remain as they are today.

Will we have to start over on years of service?
Will we lose accrued sick days?
Will teachers and/or administrators have to reapply for their jobs?
If we split, will teachers’ children (who live out of district) still be allowed to come to the same campus?
If we split, will teachers’ salaries change?
Will they be cutting any assistant jobs?
How will placement of staff be done? By senority or by current placement?
How will this affect our accumulated PTO days?
Will this change have a negative impact as far as our wages?
What effect if any will this have on our retirement?
Are we going to have to build a new admin building for Henryville and Borden?

If the reorganization vote passes, there are a variety of options for the New Board to consider for a Borden-Henryville School Corporation administrative office.

If the West Clark communities vote the reorganization down, will the board pursue consolidation? If the reorganization passes, what would the proposed apportionment for the Borden-Henryville school board be?

There are no plans for consolidation. There is a plan “B” for the SCHS campus in the event that succession in not approved.

What options are being considered to reduce costs? Are we looking at RIFs? Will we be eliminating certified special area teachers? Will there be incentives for employees at retirement age to get out?

Each new entity would need to be fiscally responsible. No changes are anticipated by this current school board.

How will shared services, particularly those provided by the IT department, be divided? Who will bear the cost of any new equipment?

Shared resources would be divided on an approximate 55/45 bases. (45% charged to H-ville, Borden; 55% charged to Silver Creek).

When will the reorganization go into effect?

If approved by a majority of voters May 5, 2020 the change would take affect the beginning July 1, 2020.

Will current employees of each school remain or will we have to reapply for our jobs and possibly not be rehired?
Will we keep our sick/personal days?
Will salaries and benefits stay at the current levels for both the new corporations?

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