Tuesday, December 08, 2015

2011 Outrage as CCSD Board Members Question Operating Budget

Have you wondered why the present Charleston County School Board hasn't looked too carefully at previously proposed operating budgets? Here's one example from April 2011.

No wonder Superintendent Nancy McGinley has brought out the big guns--letters solicited from the Mayor; scolding emails solicited from the Board chair; outraged op-eds from the NAACP. 

Now this: Four unruly Board members want to investigate what benefits the district gets for its contributions to sacred-cow nonprofits, contributions from an operating budget projecting a $26 million shortfall next year.
  • In their first swing at a cow, members Moffly and Kandrac refused to vote for $50,000 awarded to the Charleston Promise Neighborhood. Not to put too fine a point on it, Board member Toya Hampton-Green's husband heads that particular non-profit, and the Superintendent sits on its Board of Directors. Can you say, "conflict of interest"?

  • Although that particular sacred cow escaped with the cash, Board members Coats and Taylor now want to scrutinize the benefits gained from other nonprofits receiving funds from the district. Can you say, "edublob"?

  • Surely they can't be serious? Why, they might need to scrutinize the funds paid to the nonprofit headed by the Mayor's sister!

  • Long-time readers of this blog will remember the point made some time ago: nonprofit does not mean it's not profitable for someone. A good look at salaries paid to those in charge should be in order.

  • Let's not forget: the money for these nonprofits comes from the operating budget, the same one whose shortage of funds has created furlough days for teachers and staff layoffs. Now's a good time to focus on the primary mission of the district.

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