Tom Livezey, Superintendent, Oakridge Public Schools
Tom also demonstrated his approach to analyzing district expenditures to share with the bargaining unit. He focuses on salary and benefits as a % of total General Fund expenditures. The comparison to peers and all Michigan districts is especially helpful when broken down into categories such as classroom teachers and pupil instructional support. Tom is able to demonstrate the district commitment in resources as well as how Oakridge compares to peers.
Tom is also frequently questioned confronted with the common refrain questioning about the level of his district’s administrative costs. Using Eidex, Tom easily compares his administrative costs with peer districts. In addition to practical usage in the negotiations process, Tom he uses the data he assembles to educate his board and maintain their sound understanding of district financial trends. The data prepared is also useful for public communication, as well, if necessary.