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    Chandler Unified School District is the 3rd largest school district in Arizona and the 2nd largest employer in Chandler with 4,900 employees. 
    It is spread out over 80 square miles, 892.52 acres, 4.4 million square feet.
    Operating budget includes expenditures for salaries, benefits, supplies, utilities, insurance, travel and repairs.  The annual operating budget is $206 million.
    CUSD was rated an “A” district by the ADE for the 4th straight year.  There are only 9 school districts in the state that have received this rating for four straight years.
    That 86% of school districts’ budgets are spent on salaries and benefits.  Every pay day = $6.8 million.  Therefore, when school district budgets are cut, it almost all affects staff in either salary cuts or layoffs.


    Starting pay for the following professions in Chandler Unified School District:

    Starting pay for a teacher is $37,000
    Starting pay for a police officer is $51,854
    Starting pay for a fireman is $45,136

    CUSD has twice as many employees as the City of Chandler.

    CUSD employs 1 administrator per 105 students.  The state average is 1 administrator per 67 students and our peer group average is 1 administrator per 80 students.

    The US Census Bureau issued a report in May 2014 on FY 2012 school expenditures at a state level.  Some facts that are important to note:
    Only three other states spend less on K-12 education than Arizona ($7,559):  Utah ($6,206), Idaho ($6,659) and Oklahoma ($7,466).

    Arizona ranks last, 51st, on school administration spending at $316 per student per year. 


    What is your effective tax rate for Arizona taxes?  To determine the percentage, divide the “Taxes Owed” on your return by your “Total Income” 
    Listed below are a few examples from actual tax returns:
    Arizona    40,000 effective income rate 2.6%
    360,000 effective income rate 2.6%
    190,000 effective income rate 2.6%

    What percentage of the district budget does the district office represent? 3.95%.  If your exclude technology – 2.27%

    How long has the district received a clean audit from an independent CPA firm? 30 years

    How many miles per school year does CUSD transport students?
    2,458,489 in FY 2013-2014

    How many students does CUSD transport daily?
    10,597 in 2013-2014
    What was the cost of fuel?
    $1,625,076.30
    Gallons of fuel used?
    400,411.40
    What is the cost of a bus?
    $150,000
    How many school buses does CUSD own?
    220
    How many support vehicles does CUSD own?
    165
     
    How many school lunches were served in FY 2013-14?
    4,400,000

    How many school breakfasts were served in FY 2013-14?
    1,100,000

    What is the cost of a school lunch?
    Elementary $2.50, Junior High $2.75, High School $3.25

    What is the cost of a school breakfast?  $1.00

    5.5 million total meals served = over 30,000 meals served per school day

    Central Kitchen produced over 1.7 million fresh baked items with only 4 employees in our CK Bakery

    Central Kitchen also produced over 145,000 gallons of made-from-scratch food in our kettles.

    What is the total cost of all utilities (water, garbage, telephone, electric and gas)?

    12-13 $8,798,838   13-14 $9,300,000

    On average for the last five years, how much of the school district budget is set aside for Special Education?   13.7%

    How many students did CUSD have in 1981?  6,782

    How many students did CUSD have in 2014?  42,000 
    Why does the district need to sell bonds to meet its capital needs?
    During the great recession, the State cut virtually all capital funds provided to build/renovate schools.  In 2008 the district received $25,000,000 in capital funding.  Effective in 2009 to present, the district has received no funding to build/renovate schools.
    Why does the District sell bonds to renovate facilities? 
    We have an obligation to maintain the community’s investments in our buildings and grounds.  Wear and tear is extraordinary when you consider the following.
    The best way to explain this is to imagine 500 students using your bathroom, once a day or more, 180 days a school year for 20 years.  We try to renovate restrooms every 20 years!
    How is a school district total budget determined?
    Take the number of students times the State support per student.  Add to that total the number of miles we transport students times the State support per mile.  The total equals what a district is allowed to spend.  The district can add 10% to 15% if they have an override.

    Why is student growth so important to a school district? 
    The best way to explain is to provide examples:

    If the district receives approximately $6,000 per student and the district grows by 100 students then the district receives $600,000 in additional budget, which is clearly more than the cost of approximately 4 teachers schools need. The excess is used to pay other costs such as utilities, salary increases etc.

    Now, if the district loses 100 students, it would be required to reduce its budget by $600,000.  The problem arises in that laying off teachers would total far less than $600,000.  Therefore, the district would have to cut other areas of the budget.
    Administrative costs per pupil for Chandler Unified School District are 26% less than the State average.
    The national average for per pupil spending is $10,591.  Arizona, on average, in FY2011 spent $7,485 per the Auditor General.
    The percentage of students meeting State standards exceeds our peer school districts and the State average. 
    CUSD has a dropout rate of 1.2% which is well below the state average of 3.2%.
    CUSD has a graduate rate of 92.3% which is well above the state average of 77% and the national average of 80%.
    Chandler Unified School District State budget cuts by fiscal year:
    10-11 – $14,600,000  11-12 – $5,800,000  12-13 $16,865,654   13-14 $11,123,143
    Based on test scores, ACP-Oakland is the 3rd best school in the State.
    Hamilton High is the No. 1-rated comprehensive high school in Arizona.
    District-wide maintenance is performed 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
    We have a K-8 inventory of 163,600 student edition textbooks valued at $8,338,910.72
    We have a grades 9-12 inventory of 84,089 student edition textbooks valued at $5,265,792
    We have self-contained gifted program at Knox Elementary.
    State budget support for capital expenses
    2006-2007  -  $8,980,531           2013-2014  -  $7,630,557
     Community Education served 11,924 students last year in different programs.
    Community Education provides 3,693 students before and after school childcare.
    Community Education provides 7,375 students afterschool enrichment opportunities.
    Community Education provides 3,503 students summer academic programming.
    Community Education provides over 42,000 hours of facility use for outside agencies.
    Community Education provides 319 birth through 4 year olds all day opportunities in our learning centers.
    Community Education provides 951 preschool students quality education opportunities.
    In the last 12 months the main warehouse has distributed $1,526,089.47 of product. In the last 12 months the IS warehouse has distributed $815,876.50 of product. In the last 12 months the Central Kitchen warehouse has distributed $4,350,000 of product.
    The total inventory on hand currently in the main warehouse is valued at $751,116.52.  The total inventory on hand currently in the IS warehouse is valued at $751,116.52.  The total inventory on hand currently in the Food & Nutrition warehouses is valued at over $1,170,000.
    The main warehouse has pulled, packed and delivered 412,462 stock items.
    In FY14, the CARE Center served 36,166 individuals, broken down as follows:
    WIC: 4,821 clients
    AHCCCS/Food Stamps: 4,868 individuals applied
    Medical services (including immunizations, TB, hearing and vision, and healthy living programs) reached 3,021 individuals
    Dental: 756 children served
    Preventive: 630
    Restorative: 126
    Food Bank: We provide an average of 21,143 food boxes to 1,762 people per month
    FTF Parent and Child Classes: 252 classes were completed in FY14 at the CARE Center and Title I schools, reaching 569 adults and 758 children. Classes focus on early literacy skills, emerging language, positive parenting, health, wellness, arts, and science.
    Medical: Our medical clinic is staffed with volunteer providers, and every $1 in funding we receive provides $5.59 in services.
    Property and general liability insurance premium for 2014 = $1,555,998
    CUSD students received $90,867,827 in scholarship offers.
    Junior High and High School Education Programs include:
    Chandler High International Baccalaureate
    Chandler High and Embry Riddle – Engineering Partnership
    Perry High STEM Diploma
    Perry High and Embry Riddle – Engineering Partnership
    Basha High Accelerated Middle School
    Basha High and University of Arizona – Biotechnology Partnership
    Basha High and Embry Riddle – Engineering Partnership
    Hamilton High “The Academies”
    Hamilton High and University of Arizona – Engineering Partnership
    Andersen Junior High IB/MYB
    Willis Junior High iAcademy
    CUSD has AVID in place throughout all district secondary schools

    Junior High and High School Recognition for 2013-2014 include:
    Hamilton High had four students offered the Flinn Scholarship and 3 that accepted.
    Hamilton High had fourteen National Merit Semifinalists.
    Chandler High had four National Merit Semifinalists.
    Basha High had one National Merit Semifinalist.
    Perry High had one National Merit Semifinalist.
    ACP-Erie had one National Merit Semifinalist.
    Basha High had 96 AP Scholars and 9 National AP Scholars in 2014.
    Hamilton High had 284 AP Scholars and 38 National AP Scholars in 2014.
    Chandler High had 48 AP Scholars and 14 National AP Scholars in 2014.
    Perry High had 50 AP scholars and 4 National AP Scholars in 2014.
    ACP – Erie had 9 AP Scholars and 2 National AP Scholars in 2014.
    Sheree Lozon at Bogle Junior High was VFW District 10 Teacher of the Year.
    Kalee Ivie (1st), Jin Ni (2nd), and Maya Mortensen (3rd) all placed in the Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest during 2013-2014.
    Sonya Roche at Santan Junior High was named Educator of the Year by the City of Chandler.
    Kathy Mejia at Santan Junior High was named Educator of the Year by Si Se Puentes.
    Sarah Gilliam took first place in the AZ MathCounts Buccaneer Round.  In the team round Sam Nelson, Hans Husurianto, Nicolas Mock and Madeline York took first.
    ACP-Oakland 8th Grader Calvin Braeutigam took 1st place in the American Mathematics Competition 10 at ASU.
    ACP-Oakland 8th Grader Daniel Hsu took 1st place in the American Mathematics Competition 8 at ASU.

    13 district employees received “Coaches Athletic Accolades”
    Since 2000 there have been 51 individual or team champions in the district.  Since 2000 there have been 47 team champions or runners-up.