As a reminder, there are two Public Hearings on Wednesday the 23rd on district business. Call the Board office at 252-0040 to sign up to speak or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first is the Public Hearing on the final district budget from 4-6 p.m. As watchdog Chris Jackins pointed out at last Wednesday's Board meeting, there used to be two hearings on the budget. One was for the general budget and the other was for the capital budget. Without any explanation or notice, they are rolled into one hearing. This is troubling if only because this is change without any public notice.
The second hearing is about the supplemental levy the district wants to put on the ballot this fall. This hearing runs from 6-7 p.m.
Naturally, Wednesday, the day after the last day of school is a great time to have these hearings (at least for the district) because very few parents are going to show up then. And hey, not putting them on your "News and Calendar" page is a great way to make sure no one knows about them. I'm sorry but if you have to hunt for this basic information, then the district is not doing its job. But our Board doesn't care about that.
Well, at least Chris and I will be there. I can at least note Meg Diaz' finding that the Superintendent is getting a lot more money in her own office budget soon (and this is cutting Central Office funding?) as well as state that I don't support the supplemental levy if only because this district continues to spend money as if it has money. Spending disproportionally on some areas and then crying poor would seem to point to not voting for yet MORE money for the district to mismanage.
And make no mistake about this levy (and I told the Board this). After year one there are NO firm plans or explanations for how this money is to be spent. I am not voting for this levy on that basis alone.