This morning I met with Roy Harward, a candidate for the School Board in Precinct 3 currently held by Dr. Christensen. He wanted to meet with me to share some of his findings in his study of the budget. He has a finance background and has worked with companies like IBM to find places where there could be cost savings. He has done a lot of work comparing the 2008-2009 pre-split budget to the 2009-2010 budget to the proposed budget for 2010-2011.
It appears that in some categories the Final Amended budget numbers are much greater than the Approved budget numbers, and yet the Actual budget numbers are closer to the Approved budget than the Amended budget. He believes there should not be as much fluctuation within the budgets. He based his analysis on the assumption that we lost 40% of the students at the split, and so all budget categories should have been reduced by about 40%. Many areas were for the 2009-2010 year, and many more areas are since the lay-offs/non-hiring after employees retired for the 2010-2011 year.
There are a few areas which remain at or above pre-split levels. I will be doing more study of these areas to see if I can understand why the cuts have not been implemented there.
PAC will be meeting to decide which candidate to endorse in each of the three School Board races. JEA will make those endorsements public.