Budget Stability - Fiscal Resources
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency developed a strategic five-year (2011-2016) Comprehensive Improvement Plan. The Plan is designed to achieve the Agency’s three student learning goals, accomplish the Agency’s teaching and learning mission, and adhere to the Iowa Code mandated AEA Standards of Service, Iowa Code §281—72.4. The Plan will be operationalized through four connected action plans. These four connected action plans reflect an inclusive approach to successfully meet the needs of schools, school districts, customers, and other stakeholders.
The Agency has established four Building Blocks and corresponding action plans have been designed for each Building Block. These Building Blocks were identified through an extensive exploratory process. The process included consulting support by national and international education experts, a review of literature and research, input from internal and external stakeholders, and the alignment of actions to goals, mission, and Iowa Code AEA mandates.
Investing in learning, budget stability, was established to sustain quality programs and services through a budgetary process that aids the coordination, implementation, and measurement of the Agency’s Comprehensive Improvement Plan, the strategy is to use an agency-wide budgetary process to ensure priority programs and services are fully resourced to sustain school, district, and customer support of improvement efforts that meet their needs.
- Budgeting includes setting priorities for a three-year period. The priority setting process provides stability regarding staff resources assigned to the priority service delivery to families, schools and school districts within the three-year period.
- Restructuring administrative positions and shifting more resources to field responsibilities. The Agency reduced three director level positions and one non-field administrator. Those resources were shifted to six field level administrators (literacy, numeracy, student engagement, MTSS, special education, and teacher leadership). The result has been 83% shift in leadership resources to daily field level support.
- Purchasing an office site for the Clinton satellite office. The purchase is created a long-range cost savings. The current debt service was refinanced and current rental payments were restructured into new debt service commitment that is equal to the previous debt service payout. The net savings is the Agency will now own an office site and no longer will have a rental expense.
- Continually reassessing classified support needs. The Agency is conducting an ongoing assessment of the knowledge and skills needed by support (classified) staff to meet the challenges of 21st Century workplaces. The Agency’s is experiencing the need for highly skilled classified employees.