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Dover Area School District

Case Study

Dover Area School District

Using the Data & Analytics suite of products, Dover Area Schools was able to analyze and thoughtfully communicate current and future district needs with their community and board members.

Challenge Dover Area School District

The Challenge:

Over a decade ago, Dover Area Public Schools made the decision to shut down one of their elementary schools, located in Washington Township. This closing led to a 10-year appeals effort by community members to have their township placed in a neighboring school district. In 2021, the township was granted their request to redistrict, leaving Dover Area Schools with little time to make some critical and strategic moves in accessing current and future district needs. Washington Township was home to 250 students and critical in generating revenue for the district. The 2021-2022 school year would be one of assessment and transparency as the district looked to reestablish school boundaries and communicate out the fiscal requests of the district to maintain and invest in programming and support needs for their students.

Boundary Study - Removal of Washington Township

Solution Dover Area School District

The Solution:

With Frontline’s Location Analytics, powered by Forecast5, Dover created a visual representation of the taxable area in concern, and areas of potential growth within the proposed district boundaries. Using Frontline’s Comparative Analytics, they quickly developed historical Revenue and Expense trends to ground expectations and communicate experience. And Frontline’s Financial Planning and Budget Management Analytics allowed for clear communication of the impact the 2022-2023 tax decision would have on the next 3-5 years of revenue generation. If the district were to choose to forgo an increase, it would not have enough revenue to meet current district obligations.

Property Tax Decisions - Historical Trends

Results Dover Area School District

The Results:

Running scenarios and comparing them side-by-side provided excellent context to the community at large. The district was able to establish new school boundaries that supported current students and allowed for increased enrollments in buildings serving growing populations.

Additionally, they were able to effectively show the multi-year recovery timelines to get the district back to pre-loss of township local revenue generation. Losing a township is not common, but with analytic tools and advisory support, the district was able to develop, communicate and execute a plan with intention and community support.

Property Tax Decisions

Data is at the core of every decision that we make. Having the ability to present data in a way that generates interest and formulates a story helps our Board, and key stakeholders, better relate to the data. Our district has had success utilizing multiple visual aids from Comparative Analytics, Financial Planning Analytics, and Location Analytics to tell our unique story during an unprecedented situation.”

Matt Ulmer, Chief Financial and Operations Officer/Board Secretary

About Frontline Education

Frontline Education is a leading provider of school administration software, connecting solutions for student and special programs, business operations and human capital management with powerful analytics to empower educators. Frontline partners with school systems to deliver tools, data and insights that support greater efficiency and productivity, enabling school leaders to spend more time and resources executing strategies that drive educator effectiveness, student success and district excellence.

Frontline’s broad portfolio includes solutions for proactive recruiting and hiring, absence and time management, professional growth, student information systems, special education, special programs, Medicaid reimbursement, school health management, inventory control and asset management, payroll, benefits and financial management, and analytics solutions that help district leaders tap into their data to make more informed decisions for the benefit of their students and communities. Over 10,000 clients representing millions of educators, administrators and support personnel have partnered with Frontline Education in their efforts to develop the next generation of learners.

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