Budget & Salary Transparency Reporting
Section 18 (2) of the Public Act 94 of 1979, The State School Aid Act, requires each school district and intermediate school district to post certain information on its website within 15 days after a board adopts it including the annual operating budget or any subsequent revision to that budget.
The Annual Budget & Transparency Reporting is an opportunity to communicate to our community how we utilize the resources that are provided to us. The following information is required to be posted on our website.
Learning Loss (ESSER III & 98C Funded)
State Approved Evaluation Tools
Please describe how the LEA will use the funds it reserves under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act (see below) to address the academic impact of lost instructional time through the implementation of evidence-based interventions, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year:
Learning loss, as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, is one of the largest factors needing to be addressed. The Academy has identified as its method to mitigate learning loss the research-based strategy and system of Multi-tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS). This includes identifying and tiering students based on performance data and providing interventions that are targeted for each student. The Academy will allocate funds to provide individualized tutoring for each student based on their continuum of learning and needed areas of improvement. This will allow the Academy to work to mitigate learning loss while also accelerating overall improvement for students.
In addition, in order to implement this rigorous system and strategy, the Academy plans to use funds to purchase additional instructional resources (i.e. Exact Path licenses, Newsela, etc), additional technology for students, additional technology for staff, and digital resources to ensure access for students beyond the school day. Along with increasing instructional and technological resources, the Academy plans to use funds to offset use of a “Highly Qualified” paraprofessional that will work to assist in providing supplemental support to students throughout the school day.
Please describe how the LEA will ensure that the interventions it implements, including but not limited to the interventions implemented under section 2001(e)(1) of the ARP Act (see below) to address the academic impact of lost instructional time, will respond to the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of all students, and particularly those students disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including students from low-income families, students of color, English learners, children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and migratory students.
The Academy plans to use allocated funds to provide a wholistic approach to meeting the needs of all students. This includes their academic, social, emotional, mental, and health needs. The Academy will undergo a comprehensive needs assessment and a program evaluation process each year to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of its strategies and its implementation of the plan.
In addition, data will be collected throughout the year including academic data, perception data, health and mental wellness data, to be able to assess the effectiveness of the plan, as well as the needs that students might have in those areas. The plan increases the amount of resources available to meet the very diverse needs of all students while providing a means to target the specific areas of concerns for specialized demographics (i.e. low-income families, students experiencing homelessness, etc.).
Also, in an effort to ensure that the Academy maintains a healthy and consistent staff to support the needs to students, the Academy plans to allocate funds to retain highly qualified staff members as well as to further recruit highly effective individuals to join the team to assist in providing for the needs of all students.
This section of the WAY Michigan website addresses the State of Michigan Statutory Requirement MCL 388.1618 Subsections 2 and 3 for School Budget and Transparency Reporting.
C.1 Bargaining Agreements
Our staff is hired through a third party vendor. We have no collective bargaining agreements in place at this time.
C.2 Employer Sponsored Health Plans
Our staff is hired through a third party vendor. We have no health care plans in place at this time.
c.4 medical benefit plan bids
Our staff is hired through a third party vendor. We did not request medical benefit plan bids for 2015 - 2016, 2016 - 2017, 2017 - 2018, 2018-2019 nor 2019-2020.
c.5 procurement policy
c.6 Expense reimbursement policy
E. District Paid Association Dues
There were no district paid Association Dues for 2015 - 2016, 2016 - 2017, 2017 - 2018, 2018-2019 nor 2019-2020.
F. DISTRICT PAID LOBBYING COSTS
There were no district paid lobbying costs for 2015 - 2016, 2016 - 2017, 2017 - 2018, 2018-2019 nor 2019-2020.
G. Approved deficit elimination plan
We are not operating under a deficit, therefore a deficit elimination plan is not required.
h. district credit card information
No Credit Cards for WAY Michigan.
i. district paid out of state travel information
The district did not have out-of-state travel to report in 2015 - 2016, 2016 - 2017, 2017 - 2018, 2018-2019 nor 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023