February 11, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians of Cooper School,
As many of you know, this time of year is “Budget Season” in MPS. Budgets were required to be submitted earlier last month. Administrators, along with their staff and governance council, worked at a frenetic pace attempting to maintain and further support funding for the 2020-2021 projected budgets. In the past, this was a rather excruciating endeavor as we were forced to trim away at an already lean budget. I am happy to report that Dr. Posley’s goal was to enhance and maintain the individual school’s FY21 budgets. Consequently, I, along with the assistance from my SGC, enjoyed the task of balancing next year’s robust budget.
Transparency is critical when managing a 3 million dollar budget. Please feel free to contact me with questions at any time. The following is a summary of the FY21 Budget.
- Maintain a Full Time Art Teacher.
- Maintain a Full Time Gym Teacher.
- Maintain a Full Time Media Specialist.
- Maintain a .2 FTEs Music Teacher. (Music will continue to be offered 1 day per week.)
- Maintain a Full Time Regular Education Paraprofessional.
- Maintain a Full Time Children’s Handicap Assistant.
The Cooper staff, School Governance Committee, and I are thrilled with our proposed budget. Our projected enrollment count for fall of 2020 is 471. Currently, we have 484 students enrolled. Cooper’s Contingency Plan states that music will increase ideally to 3 days per week should we exceed the projected enrollment of 471.
Cooper has many reasons to serve as a shining school in the community, such as exemplary staff members who truly are dedicated to our children’s academic gains and were instrumental in earning MPS a 5 Star State Report card to receive recognition as Significantly Exceeding Expectations, ranking 1st among 104 elementary schools in MPS for the State-wide Performance (Forward) assessment, National Membership to Schools That Can, DPI recognition for closing the achievement gap, representing MPS by participating and sharing best practices state wide as an invited member on the Promoting Excellence for All DPI Task Force, initiating a school wide literacy intervention entitled WIN (What I Need) resulting in academic growth for all kids, the STEM based Project Lead the Way curriculum, a partnership with UWM’s School of Education, full inclusion, allowing for at least 2 adults per room during math and reading instruction, Cooper’s Healthy Child initiative, recreational activities and a plethora of both academic and social opportunities.
Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate your feedback. We expect you to hold us accountable. We will continue to provide a rigorous curriculum so that our students are amply prepared.