SD68 International numbers up

SD68 International numbers up

SD68 International numbers up

Since 2011 the number of ISE students has climbed from 216 to 313

Revenues from the International Student Education program at Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District are projected to be $3.9 million in 2015-16, up from 2.7 million in 2011-12.

That’s one of the pieces of information SD68 staff and trustees have to consider in a review of ISE, produced by Mike McKay of Hadrian Educational Consulting.

His report offers ‘observations and recommendations’ on:

• Alignment of the ISE program with the district’s core purpose and strategic direction;

• Financial and related operational realities;

• Confirmation of ISE’s benefits beyond revenue generation;

• And the Impact of ISE on district operations;

Since 2011 the number of ISE students has climbed from 216 to 313, a 45 per cent jump. Included within that number is a sharper rise in the number of elementary ISE enrolments, which have jumped from five to 45.

The families of secondary ISE students pay $12,000 per year for their children to attend; elementary parents $13,000.

A revenue and expenses model, based on 225 secondary and 20 elementary students, pegs total revenues at $3.3 million, expenditures at $2.6 million. What is called ‘net unallocated revenue’ is $567,000 in that scenario.

Added district staffing accounts for $1.3 million of the district’s expenditures in that model. Other costs are ISE department staffing and ISE supplies and services.

In 2015-16 Ladysmith Secondary School was attended by 8 per cent of secondary ISE students; 25 per cent attended Dover Bay Secondary; 24 per cent Wellington; 14 per cent Nanaimo District Secondary School; 15 per cent John Barsby and 14 per cent Woodlands.