Administrative Leadership Committee Goals 2015-2016
- Continue semi-annual meetings with Director Howell to foster a collaborative working partnership;
- Monitoring application changes,
- Support improved communication to the field re: training opportunities, and data and reporting changes,
- Support data reporting that reduces redundancy and streamlines all reporting through CEPI with electronic uploads.
- Strongly encourage superintendents to review the weekly MDE memos for reporting changes, timelines and other relevant information. The Committee will also share the summary of our periodic meetings with Director Howell. ISDs can then share this information with local districts to ensure they are receiving the information.
- The Committee continues to strongly urge MAISA members to pull back from the Adair legal case. The funding that is provided for CEPI reporting is State School Aid Funding and the case is injurious to state policy maker relationships. Districts continue to take on attorney fees to defend the case (to which many are unaware) and could require significant SAF dollars to shift away from foundation grant. We encourage the MAISA Legislative Committee to support and advocate for legislation that would require local district impact “fiscal notes” to all legislation.
- The Committee will work with the Director Howell determine the local and ISD reporting related to the Early Warning law in most efficient manner.
- Work with MDE to update the Pupil Accounting and Auditing Manuals;
- Support communication with ISD auditors and local districts relating to: proposed count changes and upcoming change in days/hours;
- Work with the Governor’s Budget staff to review the Sec. 6 definitions;
- Continue to monitor implementation of Section 21f (online learning) and Section 25 (Fall FTE ‘sharing’) cost/benefit analysis of this process;
- Work with Macomb and Calhoun ISD (and the South Central Education Policy Consortium) to develop a process and checklist for the provision of services to students with disabilities in Cyber and PSA schools and other virtual programs.
- The Committee will continue to work with the MAISA Legislative Committee on proposed changes relating to Pupil Accounting.
- Macomb and Calhoun ISDs will report to the MAISA membership in October relative to discussions with Connections Academy about sped services.
- The Committee will work with the MAISA Legislative Committee to discuss concerns about lack of special education services for students in certain education environments; follow-up with MDE.
Administrative Services Collaboration:
- Continue semi-annual meetings with the Field Services Director Radke and/or staff;
- Attempt to secure at least one meeting with Deputy Superintendent Kyle Guerrant who has oversight for MDE offices within the Administrative Services domain;
- Provide “launch information” to local school districts through ISD School Business Offices and subsequent MSBO training on the Business Procedures Manual; and
- Support MASA’s work to remove reporting redundancy and ensure that all education reporting goes through CEPI and makes full use of the existing data applications.
- MDE Field Services – goal to create an FAQ document that will be helpful in MDE Field Services training as well as to create common understanding between MDE and the education staff in the field related to Federal audits.
- MDE Administrative Services Unit – begin building relationships within this department; attempt to ensure that guidance from MDE is consistent across departments;
- The Committee will collaborate with relevant MAISA Committees to ensure that ISDs are able to support local districts that are financially stressed but to do so in a supportive rather than punitive manner.
- Discuss how to determine the cost and capacity required of ISDs to provide most/all administrative structures for local districts.