The Class of 1964 started it all (for a perspective, think "Beatles") and a strong tradition has been established that makes Carrollton one of the area's best districts.
Carrollton is YOUR school system. We pride ourselves in offering clean, well-maintained buildings.
Each year the "audit" is a reflection of a lot of hard work by teachers, administrators, and board members. Do you know this is the tenth consecutive year of educational cut backs due to finances? It seems crazy, yet we continue to find ways to maintain programs at the expense of no one.
Here is more information about the district.
The State of Michigan has been in a slow recovery since the recession. The tri-county area (Saginaw, Bay and Midland) has been more favorable in its recovery in at least two ways. First, the region has recently been rebranded as, "The Great Lakes Bay Region." Efforts to make Saginaw, Bay, Midland and Isabella counties seem more united have been successful. Among the outcomes have been more regional cooperation and planning in the private and public sectors. Schools, for example, now share curriculum strategies within the counties. For a small school district like Carrollton, this is a benefit. Second,unemployment in the Great Lakes Bay region has trended more favorable than state and national numbers. As of November, unemployment figures in three of the four Great Lakes Bay Region's counties are estimated to be 7.3%, in Saginaw, 6.9% in Bay, and 5.8% in Midland (MLive.com). Michigan statewide percentages are estimated to be 9.1%, and nationwide unemployment stands at 7.9%.
In Carrollton Township since 2009, there have been no significant layoffs/expansions in Carrollton Township. There have also been no major tax litigations in Carrollton Township. We are a safe, small community!
Here are property values at-a-glance:
School Year State Equalized Valuation Rate of Change:
Decreases mirror those experienced elsewhere in Michigan. The causes include foreclosed properties (once foreclosed, values decrease) and an oversupply of properties available versus a demand for properties by buyers (quantities supplied exceed quantities demanded, thus decreasing prices).The forecast in 2013-14 and beyond calls for the rate of change to slow approaching zero, perhaps even pushing upward one or two percent.
The following are recent enrollment figures for Carrollton Public Schools. They represent all students in all programs, kindergarten through twelfth grades, plus alternative, adult education, and post-secondary programs:
Most of the above increases and decreases are related to school-of-choice decisions. Carrollton has been a beneficiary of the "s;open enrollment"s; options that parents make through school-of-choice. A decline in 2012/13 can be attributed to the price of gasoline; more than one parent confessed an inability to pay $4.00 (or more) per gallon for gasoline, and parents must provide transportation if they live outside the district.
Enrollment formulation is a shared decision-making practice that ultimately hits the superintendent's desk. Early in the second semester, principals and directors are asked to make grade level forecasts based upon trends they are experiencing. We discuss the projections and arrive at consensus figures for budgeting purposes. This past year, we did not project "increases" based upon these forecasts. We failed to project the "decrease," however, and that correction will be made in the next forecast, 2013-14.
The increase in enrollment was a significant factor in revenue being favorable the year previous. In addition, we had some reductions that helped keep overall expenditures in check.
Major challenges will be 1) to maintain enrollment now that a slippage has occurred and 2) revenue. A steady increase in enrollment was seen the prior three years so our goal now is to maintain and retain all that is within our control. The revenue picture appears to be gaining strength in Michigan but the government has been unpredictable with its designations for funding. Because of this, we will project conservatively and continue to pursue additional revenue sources (grants).
The foundation grant was increased by $120 per pupil for all schools currently at the lowest per pupil funding level; including Carrollton. However, due to decreased enrollment the district saw a drop in state funding of nearly $575,000.
The district currently has four outstanding bond issues that are paid through the collection of a 7.5 mills debt millage. The district relies on the School Bond Loan Fund to supplement principal and interest payments. Other than refinancing opportunities, the district has no plans for issuing new debt in the immediate future.
Please accept our invitation to stop by anytime for a visit or call 989-754-1475.
Happy 50th, Carrollton!
In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1977, it is the policy of the Carrollton Public School District that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, disability, height, weight, or marital status be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to, discrimination during any program, activity, service or in employment. For information, inquiries, or to file a complaint, contact the Superintendent of Carrollton Public Schools at PO Box 517, Carrollton, MI 48724. (989) 754-1475