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.