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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Vincennes Continued from page 13 positive attitude persists. 3. Student-teacher ratios are commendably small. By virtue of this fact, learning is a personalized undertaking. 4. Student commitment to high academic achievement is marked. Individual acade- mic growth offers testimony to such commitment. 5. Student conduct is reas- suringly commendable. Little more could be asked of the students in this regard. 6. Lack of curriculum guides is noted. Absent pre- cisely articulated curriculum guides, evaluative efforts re- garding student achievement are both difficult and limited. 7. Persistently low ISTEP mathematics scores point to a need for curricular and in- structional review. The scores are not in keeping with avail- able measures of student ability. 8. Significant numbers of students scoring in the lower two quartiles on the ISTEP Battery points to the need for curricular and instructional review. 9. Lack of an extensive complement of guidance data is noted. Absent such data, e.g., interest inventories and ability profiles, needs assess- ment and counseling become limited endeavors. 10. In general, the teaching staff is over-extended regard- ing the number of class preparations. Such over ex- tension mitigates against the advantages of small student- teacher ratios. 11. Library holdings are both comparatively few in number and dated. The vital supplementary role of the li- brary is thus diminished. 12. It is noted that selected textbooks are dated, e.g., chemistry {1978), physics (1974). To the degree that lack of currency of content is an impediment to student growth, a shortcoming exists. 13. Technology available for instructional purposes is very limited; there are essen- tially few computers, VCRs, overheads, etc, in place. Re- sultant options for instruc- tional methodology are few; accommodation of varying student learning styles is thus restricted. 14. Staff development ef- forts are neither extensive nor systematic when viewed from an organizational perspective. Continuous and coordinated Raft development constitute maintenance of a professional edge. 15: The range of co-curricu- lar opportunities is not exten- sive when com- prehensive secondary schools. The general mission of the school might be re- viewed in this regard. 16. The pattern of course offerings is not consistent from year to year. The impact of such inconsistency as it re- lates to student need and de- sire begs consideration. 17. The" mode of gover- nance for school operation is reported to be essentially non-collaborative. It is recom- mended that mode of gover- nance be reviewed in light of the varying functional areas of administration. 18. A significant range of field experiences is offered. As school mission is revised, field experiences might be re- visited for interface. 19. Community resources are utilized. An even fuller use of such resources is en- couraged. 20. Homework is an on- going expectation and exten- sion of daily class work. Its clear role relative to individ- ual student growth might be better articulated. Facilities: Major Conclusions 1. The Flaget Elementary facility does not meet Indiana Department of Education fa- cility standards for media, physical education, music, and art. Further, it is evalu- ated as poor in site size and condition, guidance space, health space, and building expandability. 2. The Flaget facility is cur- rently being utilized at 64.9% of its Prime Time capacity with adequate space for 130 additional students. 3. The general assessment of the Flaget Facility is "ade- quate" meaning that the facil- ity has .twenty plus years of functional life with normal maintenance and care. 4. Rivet Junior-Senior High School does not meet Indiana Department of Education fa- cility standards for classroom square footage, art and cafete- ria. Further, it is evaluated as poor in site size and condi- tion, general condition of ex- terior and interior of the building, space for music, home economics, science, in- dustrial arts, administration, guidance, health services, kitchen, condition of paint, plaster, floors, drinking foun- tains, electrical systems, fur- niture and equipment, re- strooms, and facility expandability and flexibility. 5. The total number of ap- proved pupil stations for the general purpose classrooms is 175 students per period. They are currently being utilized at 45.7% of actual capacity. Classroom utilization of the general purpose classrooms is 59.2%. The total number of ap- proved pupil stations for the special purpose classrooms is 155 students per period. They are currently being utilized at 41.81% of actual capacity. Classroom utilization of the special purpose classrooms is 57.1%. The total number of ap- proved pupil stations for the general and special purpose classrooms is 330 students. The current year enrollment is 152. Thus, the school is op- erating at 46.1% of capacity. 6. The general assessment of the Rivet facility is "inade- quate -- remodel" meaning that the facility may be gener- ally structurally sound, but contains spaces that are less than appropriate for educa- tional programming into the 21st century and shows the need for attention to several areas as well as tle need for immediate attention to major cosmetic renovation. Its func- tional capacity after remodel- ing would provide for effec- tive and efficient educational programming. Finance: Major Conclusions The VCS needs to continue its efforts to retire the debt to the Evansville Diocese. The VCS operates at a bud- get deficit of approximately $50,000 per year. This deficit is made up yearly by income from PTO, Pre-school, Play- Safe, CEF and others. The range of the yearly deficit, budget revenue to ex- penditure, has been $42,000 to $64,000 over recent years. Revenue has been found each year to balance the budget after the fact. Major sources of income for the operation of VCS are as follows: parish assessments (34.2%), student tuition (23.5%), scholarship (3.6%) CEF (16.8%), and school fees (5.4%). These revenue sources account for 83.5% of total revenue and such per- centages hold on a year to year basis. Minimum dollars are bud- geted on a yearly basis for fa- cility maintenance, repair and remodeling. Thus, needs are attended to on an emer- gency or as needed basis with no long term planning for the updating of educational facilities or instructional technology. The methods and processes used for budget preparation in terms of revenue sources and expenditure needs as well as cash flow accounting is currently disjointed and not reflective of sound prac- tice. Thus, much misunder- standing regarding the fiscal position of the VCS exists and is compounded in efforts ta "make sense" of the fiscal questions by the various stakeholders of the school system. The per pupil expenditures for 1991-92 were $2,364 for elementary students, and $3,444 for secondary stu- dents. Recommendations The need exists to better define the organizational structure of the schools and the governance structure of the total VCS. A clearer un- derstanding of the role and relationship between the board of education, adminis- tration, teachers, and pastors to support problem solving and decision making would ensure improved develop- ment and implementation of policy, .accountability, open and accurate communication, and follow through on re- sponsibilities. It is the consensus of the committee that if both schools are maintained into the 21st Century, program en- hancements for secondary ed- ucation must occur. The pri- mary focus of the secondary enhancements, building on the results of this study, would include but not be lim- ited to: A. Improved religious edu- cation coordination and de- livery. B. Improved technology ed- ucation in terms of both in- C. Improved g vices for all students. D. Improved depth of curricular to meet the needs of all of student ability. E. Updating of materials. F. Updating services and materials,  G. Improved assi teacher loads across the! riculum to bring preparation for into balance with demic delivery. H. Development lum content guidelines. I. Improved o for staff development training. J. Improved of ricular activities It is the consensus committee that ,,busin0SS usual" will not serve the ture of the VCS well. past several years mor e more money has been sary to educate less and students while at the time curtailing grams. 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