Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Editorial: School Budgets Need Disclosure

The present info supplied to the owners of our school districts prior to voting is insufficient.

Voters should be told about reserve funds - a 3 years summary of the activity and balance of each fund (it is after all the owners money)

Enrollment, the anticipated change at elementary, middle, and high school level.

If an increase in spending is being proposed the owners should know what is driving that increase - in most cases this would be district and board approved employee contracts.

Too little info has been supplied. Most info is in the form of blaming others like state-aid est.

I can only hope school boards have this type of info prior to 'their' approval. My concern is they do not.

The tax rate is of course important but how we got there is just as important and those responsible need to be held accountable.

The owners (taxpayers) deserve to know.

Charlie Hubbard 775-6015

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wasn't this the same Hubbard that protested the district not returning surplus taxpayer dollars, while others on the board, as well as the Superintenent laughed at the mere suggestion? This guy is a real joker, isn't he? Oh wait, that's the same thing NY state has said years later following district audits. It's a damn shame when the idea of truth and honesty are looked back on as being ahead of their time.