Sunday, December 06, 2015

More "Perfect Storm" Questions on CCSD's 2009 Operating Budget

" The Perfect Storm." The 2009 CCSD school budget has mandated obligations--such as increments in teacher salaries--and other expected operating increases, along with decreased revenues.

Those of you who have followed the progress of CCSD Superintendent McGinley's series of budget forums, attended one or more of them, and/or viewed the pertinent videos on the CCSD website know that those presentations have been long on promises and short on details. McGinley has been promising the impossible (an excellent education for every child next year! We wish!) while preparing the public for serious cuts to programs.

Does the School Board get a copy of a line-item budget for discussion? Does CCSD's Board of Trustees have any more details of the budget than the general outline doled out to the public?

Well, if they don't, they are operating in the dark, apparently the atmosphere that has been preferred by 75 Calhoun.

How about some questions to clarify the elements of the "storm":
  • What was the total budgeted expenditure for each of the last 5 years?
  • What was the total number of students served for each of the last five years?
  • What were the total revenues from "local" sources for each of the last 5 years?
  • What were the lump sums for these from all other sources, including "state," "federal," and "all others" for each of those years?
  • Show all the estimates for the same figures for the coming year, taking care to reflect or explain any "adjustments" for things like non-typical "losses," "gains," or changes in the law such as "property tax relief."
Is that really too much to ask, especially for elected board members who vote on the budget?

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