Financial Oversight should be good for All

This week we wrapped up another school year by reviewing and approving the budget for 2006-2007. Milford is a district of ~4000 students with an operating budget of ~$40m, and of that 75% is State funds, 19% local funds, and 6% is Federal funds. This balanced budget includes allowances for the state mandated annual revenue reduction of $222,391.00. The approved budget also showed that federal funding was decreased by ~2% for the upcoming year with cuts coming in Title IV drug free school funding, and Title V Innovative education funding. So in the end public schools are asked to do more with less, and make the unfunded mandates of NLCB work.
Having fulfilled the cries of our state legislators by being a responsible public school board member I can’t let sleeping dogs lie on this issue. The legislators who were irresponsible in their oversight of our tax dollars when it came to Transportation have allowed another group to go without tax payer oversight! SB 374 is still floating around Dover, but again members of the Charter community have kept any language holding them responsible to tax payers for the State dollars they received out of the bill. It is also being mandated by these same legislators that Public school boards attend financial training yet I don’t see where Charters need attend?
I have one other bone to pick as I looked for HB 361 to see where it was in the tangled process. This bill would protect the rights of Public School board members from lawsuits, while performing their duties, from someone trying to attack their personal property. Certain legislators I guess were more inclined to propose legislation that would allow illegal recalls of board members then protecting the rights of NON-PAID volunteer citizens! When can we expect to see this bill moving forward and maybe some legislation that protects smaller districts from larger, better funded districts? It can very frustrating for administrators and boards when teachers who earn advanced degrees using district dollars are being offered more money right after they receive the training to go to another district. I know at Milford and I’m sure at some of our neighboring districts it feels like we are just training grounds for wealthier districts that don’t spend their dollars on Professional Development.

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About Gary M Wolfe

The Author spent 10 years as a member of the Milford Delaware Board Of Education, and is currently seeking the 18th Senatorial seat in the Delaware Legislature.
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One Response to Financial Oversight should be good for All

  1. “This balanced budget includes allowances for the state mandated annual revenue reduction of $222,391.00. The approved budget also showed that federal funding was decreased by ~2% for the upcoming year with cuts coming in Title IV drug free school funding, and Title V Innovative education funding. So in the end public schools are asked to do more with less, and make the unfunded mandates of NLCB work”

    NCLB is up for reauthorization in 2008 and commitee meetin will start in 2007. I predict NCLB wil crack and the accountablity componet will be reduce to holding school accoutable for rasing achievment of Title 1 Students who represent the majority of children below the achievment gap. Educational reform was brought about to help rasie sudents above the achievement gap.

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