While we are a private school, it is important to note how VCS stacks up against the Minimum Criteria for Quality School Libraries as determined by the Quality Education Commission (governed by the Oregon Department of Education).
The minimum Middle & High School criteria is 1.0 FTE Certified School Librarian and 1.0 FTE Library Support Staff with a total expenditure of $31 per middle school student and $36 per high school student. The expenditure includes books & periodicals, both print & electronic. We have about 450 kids (both middle and high). For the 2009-2010 school year we are spend ing about $7,000 on print books & periodicals(including film & audiobooks), or $15.50 per student; however when we add the $8,000 and some we spend on electronic databases, that figures to an expenditure of $33 per student--right in the QEM ballpark. There is, however, room for improvement. As for staffing, we fall short in the area of support staffing as Ms. Fellows is not full time; she receives 950 hours per year which places her somewhere between .5 and .75 FTE.
Read the 2010 QEM Report on Public School Libraries
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