The IB DP was implemented in September 2004. In the spring of 2005, all NYS school districts vote on a Super Tuesday in mid May. The LVCSD budget was defeated on the first go around. In that budget, there was a $100,000 budget line for the IB HS Program. The Board reduced that figure to $65,000, and a reduced budget passed on the second go around.
By 2005, the district realized that the program was vulnerable to future budget cuts and under claims of "transparency", created code #64 which was to be just IB.
For the 2006-2007 budget, the district broke out roughly $56,000 in IB costs under the new Code. There was a problem with this newly devised manner of reporting, however, as the budget reflected a $0 expenditure in each of the columns because "the Code did not exist in 05-06". IB teacher salaries, salaries for substitute teachers while IB teachers are away at training and stipends for the UN Club and IB Leadership Club are NOT included in the $56,000 figure.
The IB Coordinator's stipend ($8,058) was listed separately, and the stipend for the CAS Coordinator ($3,867) was buried under a separate line in which a line item breakout request was obtained via a FOIL. Absent from the budget but approved by the Board is a stipend for an EE Coordinator.
TAIB admits we didn't pursue the 08-09 budget, as we had basically given up on getting real answers from this district. But we did check on the 09-10 budget. Magically, any mention of IB has disappeared. Code 64 where are you?
The True Cost of IB in Minnetonka
Here is a PowerPoint presentation put together by a former School Board member which outlines what he has characterized as the true cost of IB. Interestingly, it seems that the true cost of IB is argued by more than one school district and even chronicled in the paper listed above, A Parent's Guide to the IB, from Cambridge Press. It seems that IB advocates are intent on hiding costs and their efforts seem to be supported, however subtly, by the IBO.