SEI and Portland Public Schools (PPS) presently are in a contractual agreement that has PPS paying $3,500 per student for SEI services. This $3,500 is the projected costs to provide the whole school model services annually. We believe that the sustainable funding model will require SEI to raise half of the $3,500 (or $1,750) per student with the expectation that PPS will pick up the other half as the number of students continue to grow. With that in mind, starting with the fall of 2012, we will expect Portland Public Schools to cover 50% of the costs of the new freshman class at Jefferson while continuing to cover the full $3,500 cost for the sophomore and junior classes. We will grandfather the full cost out with the incoming freshman class. The following financial information outlines the breakdown on how the resources will be split out and how they will be raised to fully fund the Jefferson SEI Whole School Model.
We will have the ability to look at several data points annually to determine the level of progress we are making towards our goal of 80% graduation with the Class of 2016. Our ultimate measure of success will be the graduation rate at the end of the fourth year. We will also be looking at attendance and “ontrack to graduate” numbers (based on class credits gained yearly).
Presently, Portland Public Schools support Self Enhancement, Inc. services with about $1.165m. These dollars cover Jefferson’s Whole School Model Services for the freshmen and sophomore classes, as well as Humboldt K-8 services. In addition, SEI provides some family engagement services that will net $150k this year. By expanding our services to the new Jefferson Middle College students, SEI’s resources have been stretched thin. Want to learn more? Please call Carla Penn-Hopson at 503.249.1721 ext.357 or send an email. Consider making a donation today to help rebuild our community and the lives of our children.