Backstory: the Superintendent created a training group, the Superintendent Initiative for Leadership (SILD) to give professional training to principals that includes working with staff at headquarters. Fine (although part of this professional development work for leadership has been done with contracts with a UW group and we've spent roughly $300K on this over the last two years). However, now it seems that group of principals (and a few other staff0 who went through this training got to sit down for 3 hours last Thursday to go over the budget.
What about the maintenance staff? Security? Custodial? What about all the other people who keep our district running? What about their ideas and concerns?
Here's what I wrote the Board today:
I am planning to attending the Work Session on the budget today. In advance of that, I wanted to draw a couple of issues to your attention.
- Don Kennedy sent a memo saying, among other things, that the SILD committee (and I thought this was just a leadership training group and not a committee; how did it changed into that?) had a Jan. 6th work session on the budget. That committee, as I understand it, is overwhelmingly principals. Why did the principals get more opportunity to give input on the budget than other district workers? I believe there is just one person from maintenance (grounds keeper).
- Don Kennedy, with two hours notice on a snow day, calls a meeting with district staff to discuss the budget development process. I know it's not his fault that it's a snow day but this looks suspiciously like he and other leadership realized they didn't give ALL staff the same opportunities and now, with no notice, can say, "see we asked staff". You should call him out on this issue.
- Also, not to beat a dead horse but it would be fair if one of you acknowledged that $2M of this budget problem is from having to move $2M from Operations to Capital because of the audit finding about the Small Business Works program. This happened under Dr. Goodloe-Johnson's watch and it never should have. This program morphed from one to give information to small/minority businesses about doing work with SPS to a $1M a year operation. That was wasted money and now we lose that money from Operations.