The budget passed on June 21, 2012 with the general fund budget set for $760 million with $8 million to be set aside for the depleted reserves. The following highlights of the budget include but are not limited to: a 1 mil tax increase, 2 additional furlough days for employees, an increase in class size (2) students in both regular and special education, the loss of 200 paraprofessionals and the loss of 20 interpreters. I stated at the meeting that budget cuts hurt as they do when you cut your finger. We don’t want to cut but we must because we are simply out of money!
Inquiry: Paul Womack, District 4 BOE representative and budget committee chairman asked “state investigating agencies” to launch a criminal investigation into the overspending that has taken place in past years. For example, during the past 2 years the district has spent nearly $60 million beyond what the BOE planned. The BOE approved a $775 million budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year but spent $808 million. Mr. Womack contends such deep cuts that have to now be made would be unnecessary had spending levels mandated by the board in prior years been honored. Dr. Atkinson has called for a forensic audit to take place to be completed I believe a short time after the school year begins. Mr. Womack has a point but so as to not have a costly duplication of efforts, I propose we wait for the audit results.
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