HCISD Annual Report Summary
Report Update: 12/08/2016
Certain sections of Michigan law as well as the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) requires that public school districts and intermediate school districts throughout the state make certain general and financial information available to the public.
In this section of the website, Hillsdale County ISD will make information available to our community that is required by law and by MDE policy. In addition, we will post any other information which we feel may be useful to the public.
Public law Act 413 (Enrolled House Bill 5475), which was passed in 2004, amended the Revised School Code by adding section 620, which requires each intermediate school district (ISD) to include certain information on its website by December 31. Hillsdale County ISD will actively gather this information following the final accounting report and will post it prior to the state deadline, if possible.
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A. General Information
ISDs serve as a central support system for all public, charter and non-public schools that operate within their district. There are 57 Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) or Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) in the state of Michigan. No two are exactly alike. Each bases its work on the specific needs of its constituent public school districts. All offer leadership, programs, and services in the areas of instruction, career and technical education, special education, technology, and business related functions.
B. Travel Information
As ISDs seek to provide leadership, programs and services to their constituents, staff seek out best practices, gain state and national educational perspectives, gather knowledge and skill levels that reflect the latest trends, innovations, and challenges. This requires more travel to conferences and trainings than you would typically experience in a K-12 school district.
C. Contract Information
ISDs occasionally enter into contracts with vendors to perform specific services that would not be cost effective or reasonable for the ISD to provide on its own. ISDs must follow state requirements for seeking competitive bids on some purchases. Below are the contracts required to be reported under this section.
D. Contract Modification Information
Any contract modifications in excess of $25,000 for the 2012-13 school year are detailed below.
E. Salary, Expense Account, & Supplemental Compensation Information
ISD employees are typically categorized by classification. All classifications are normally established according to demands of the position, level of responsibility, job functions performed, credentials and skills required, etc. Each classification falls into at least one established salary schedule, which takes into account such factors as seniority in position or in similar positions, comparison to similar jobs elsewhere in the community, cost of living factors, etc. In addition, some classifications require travel inside and outside of the ISD, attendance at meetings, and attendance at workshops and conferences. Expenses for these activities are strictly limited in a budget approved annually by the ISD Board of Education.
F. Fiber Optic/Cable Equipment & Operating System Software for Fiber Optic Cable Equipment Networks
Many ISDs utilize fiber networks which benefit students and the community. These high capacity broadband networks interconnect districts, improve the delivery of Internet, instructional, and administrative resources while reducing over-all costs. Through partnerships, ISDs, local schools, county and other governmental units, and Central Police Dispatch (911), have access to fiber wide-area networks that are more affordable for all partners.
G. Public Relations, Polling, Lobbying, and Legal Services
The 57 intermediate school districts (ISDs) or regional educational service agencies (RESAs) were created by the legislature in 1962 to bring about quality and equitable educational opportunities to students and schools throughout the state. Because public education is funded and regulated by the state and federal government, it is necessary for ISDs to use some resources to fund activities that promote public accountability, research, and government communications. The guiding principle for all activities of this nature is to advocate for the children we serve.
H. IRS Tax Form 1099s in Excess of $25,000
Cost savings can often be realized by contracting with individuals for limited, specialized projects. For the fiscal year 2012-203, the following projects and services were accomplished under contracts that exceeded $25,000:
I. Certain ISD Expenditures
Every organization requires leadership. ISDs within the State of Michigan have been charged by the Governor and the Michigan Department of Education to communicate, train, support, and lead educational initiatives defined by the state and federal government. Most recently these include, but are not limited to, the following: No Child Left Behind, newly enacted high school graduation requirements, the Michigan School Improvement Framework, and the new Grade Level Content Expectations for the core subjects. ISDs are required by law to meet the individual and specialized needs of students within our region including the areas of Title I, Special Education, and Career and Technical Education.
J. Motor Vehicle Expenses
Because ISDs serve numerous districts, sometimes covering large geographic areas, certain vehicles might be provided for specific transportation needs.