Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan (ECOL)
On August 20, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed House Bill 5913 into law as Public Act 149. Section 98a states that in order to receive state aid for 2020-2021, districts must provide for instruction under an extended COVID-19 Learning Plan (“Plan”) that has been approved by an intermediate district or authorizing body. The Plan does not replace the District’s/PSA’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, it is an additional plan that includes new assurances and sections on educational goals, instructional delivery, grading, and equitable access. PA 149 does not apply to districts that operate as a cyber school.
Click HERE to access the Homer Community Schools ECOL
Additionally, the district’s Board or Board of Directors must meet monthly after the Plan’s submission to reconfirm how instruction will be delivered during the 2020-2021 school year, and must solicit public comment from parents and guardians during the meeting. If the description of instruction changed following one of these meetings, the district must deliver instruction according to the reconfirmed description.
Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan Training on Delivery, Access, and Use of Virtual Content - Posted January 15, 2021
Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan Goal Reporting - Posted January 29, 2021
Budget and Salary/Compensation Transparency Reporting
Section 18 (2) of the Public Act 94 of 1979, The State School Aid Act, has been amended to require each school district and intermediate school district to post certain information on its website. The Annual Budget & Transparency Reporting is an opportunity to communicate to our community on how we utilize the resources that are provided to us.
The following information is required to be posted on our website:
1. The annual operating budget and subsequent budget revisions. The original budget, and any revisions, must be posted within 15 days of adoption.
2. Using data that has already been collected and submitted to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), summary of district or intermediate district expenditures for the most recent fiscal year for which they are available, expressed in the following two (2) pie charts which were provided for the general fund of the district or intermediate district by the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI):
(a) A chart of personnel expenditures broken down into the following subcategories:
(1) Salaries and Wages
(2) Employee benefit costs, including, but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and long term care benefits.
(3) Retirement benefits costs
(4) All other personnel costs
(b) A chart of all district expenditures, broken into the following subcategories:
(2) Support Services
(3) Business and Administration
(4) Operations and Maintenance
3. Links to all of the following:
(a) The current collective bargaining agreement for each bargaining unit
(b) Each health care benefits plan, including, but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, disability, long-term care, or any other type of benefits that would constitute health care services, offered to any bargaining unit or employee in the district
(c) The audit report of the audit conducted for the most recent year for which it is available.
(d) Bids required under section 5 of the public employee benefits act, 2007 PA 106, MCL 124.75.
(e) The district's written policy governing procurement of supplies, materials and equipment.
(f) The district's written policy establishing specific categories of reimbursable expenses, as described in section 1254(2) of the revised school code, MCL 380.1254.
(g) Either the district's accounts payable check register for the most recent school fiscal year or a statement of the total amount of expenses incurred by board members or employees of the district that were reimbursed by the district for the most recent school fiscal year.
4. The total salary and a description and cost of each fringe benefit included in the compensation package for the superintendent of the district and for each employee of the district whose salary exceeds $100,000.
5. The annual amount spent on dues paid to associations.
6. The annual amount spent on lobbying or lobbying services.
7. Any deficit elimination plan or enhanced deficit elimination plan the district was required to submit under this article.
8. Identification of all credit cards maintained by the district as district credit cards, the identity of all individuals authorized to use each of those credit cards, the credit limit on each credit card, and the dollar limit, if any, for each individual's authorized use of the credit card.
9. Cost incurred for each instance of out-of-state travel by the school administrator of the district that is fully or partially paid for by the district and the details of each of those instances of out-of-state travel, including at least identification of each individual on the trip, destination and purpose.
Section 1- Annual Operating Budget and Subsequent Revisions
2020-21 General Fund Budget
Section 2a and 2b - Summary of Expenditures - Expressed in Pie Charts
Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Personnel Expenditures
Fiscal Year 2019-2020 District Expenditures
Section 3, 3b and 3c - Listing of the Collective Bargaining Agreements, Health Care Plans, Audit Report, District Policies and Check Register
Bus Drivers Contract 2020-2021
Food Service Workers Contract 2020-2021
Teachers Contract 2020-2021
Teachers Aide Contract 2020-2021
Medical Benefits - MESSA Choices
Medical Benefits - MESSA ABC
Medical Benefits - MESSA Choices 20% co-insurance
2019-20 Audit Report
Medical Plan Bids
Expense Reimbursement Policy
2019-20 Check Register
Section 4 - Salary and Benefit Description of Superintendent and Employees with Salary Exceeding $100,000
2019 Employee Compensation Information
Section 5 - Annual Amount Spent on Dues paid to Associations
Association Dues paid with District Funds 2019-20
Section 6 - Annual Amount Spent on Lobbying or Lobbying Services
There were no district paid lobbying costs for 2019-20
Section 7 - Approved Deficit Elimination Plan
The district has not incurred a deficit
Section 8 - District Credit Card Information
District credit card information
Section 9 - District Paid Out-of-State Travel Information
There was no out-of-state travel to report in 2019-20
MI School Data
Please follow this link to visit the MI School Data website:
MI School Data
Educator Evaluation Systems Postings and Assurances
Parent Dashboard for School Transparency from the Michigan Department of Education
- How well is Homer Community Schools helping students achieve state standards?
- How many instructional staff per student does Homer Community Schools employ?
- How many Homer Community Schools students graduate within 4, 5, and 6 years?
- What is the attendance rate for students at Homer Community Schools?
Parents and other caregivers of a school-aged child now can easily find answers to these questions and many more through one user-friendly online tool. Michigan’s new Parent Dashboard for School Transparency (or “Parent Dashboard”) makes it easier for parents to see many types of information about any public school in Michigan, including public school academies (charter schools).
The new dashboard is designed especially for parents and other caregivers. It will report on more than 20 different factors—or measures—that parents and other stakeholders have said are important to them when evaluating the quality of a school. Families and others can use the dashboard to get a more complete picture of how their child’s school is serving students. They also can use the dashboard to compare a school’s performance with the average performance of other similar Michigan schools.
Click HERE to access Homer Community Schools Parent Dashboard.
The new easy-to-use Parent Dashboard:
- provides one easy location where parents and caregivers can view building-level information and data
- can be accessed on any computer or mobile device
- includes a tutorial video that can help you navigate through the various types of information available
- offers a more balanced picture of school quality, since it contains information about more than just test scores
Information in the Parent Dashboard:
- comes from data that are already collected from schools
- can be viewed for a whole school, or viewers can dig in deeper to see performance for certain groups of students
- can inform decisions and encourage richer conversations about school progress—with students, with other parents, with school leaders, and within communities
- complements other state accountability tools such as the School Report Card (required by federal law), financial data reporting (required by Michigan law), and other state, district, and building reports (MI School Data)
We encourage parents to check out the Parent Dashboard for Homer Community Schools, and tell us which measures excite you most. We also want to know where you think we need to improve. Equipped with this information, we hope to have richer conversations about our school and its students.
The new Parent Dashboard is a “living tool” that will continue to add information and adapt to meet parents’ needs. Parents and others are invited to send feedback to MDE-ParentDashboard@michigan.gov.