Paz, superintendent move to shut down information flow
by Ann Sutherland on 02/27/19
Trustee Ashley Paz's rude interruption of my comment clarifying that schools of choice spend twice as much money per child as children at traditional sites is a drop in the budget compared to Dr. Scribner's refusal to answer legitimate and very significant questions about our budgeting.
Put simply, he refused to provide data I requested which would explain why the district underspent its last full-year general fund budget by $50 million. Neither he, nor the CFO, nor the budget officer could explain what happened. Since he refuses to give real information, following is my estimate of the shortchanging education to our children.
Since 75% of this money is spent at the school site, we can estimate that $37.5 million at school sites, where the kids are, went unspent. This money is sitting in the bank, not in our classrooms.
And while children need services, as pointed out in the careful staff report and amplified by President Jackson last night, our savings account is growing, by $70 million just in the last year (enriched by additional dollar sources to the general fund).
"Do not ask for whom the bell tolls," wrote John Donne in the 15th century, "It tolls for thee." We are one, and this tragedy is all of ours.