Financial Transparency

Today I was reviewing the state web page and a fellow bloggers page to get more detail on the two House bills currently in committee, HB 87 & HB 88. Both have to deal with finances in education which in these times of tight budgets is understandable, but neither fully addresses improprieties in Dover. One bill asks for a searchable web site for the public to review all contracts and purchase orders cut for education. The other bill asks that each individual district sets up a website which shows the district “checkbook”. Neither of these bills contains any detail into who will setup and maintain the databases, nor who is paying for any of it?
As a board member of a poorer district I know we don’t have the technical support for this type of web based database, and with funding being cut for technology I doubt even the server space. I personally would love for there to be more transparency in funding throughout the state, because if the public saw the funding being spent by our comprehensive technical schools maybe we could get more equality! Maybe our local legislator, Mr. Simpson, would also be willing to sponsor legislation opening up the books and government in Dover.

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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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3 Responses to Financial Transparency

  1. Kilroy says:

    “As a board member of a poorer district I know we don’t have the technical support for this type of web based database, and with funding being cut for technology I doubt even the server space.”

    How about just scanning your checkbook ledeger each month and put on your website as a pdf. view only? Does take up that much sapce and actually you already have a searchable data base.
    http://www.milfordschooldistrict.org/schoolboard/documents.htm

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