This year I have the pleasure of serving, again, on the Gainesville / Brentsville District budget committee. The people serving on this committee, who all volunteered to spend several hours almost every Sunday night examining the school division’s budget and even more time reviewing the budget in advance of the Sunday meetings, amaze me. We are teachers, nurses, CPAs, CFA,s engineers, lawyers, and Moms and Dads. We come from all walks of political life – conservatives, liberals, libertarians, Democrats, Republicans, and gosh darned independents. The one tie that binds us is our commitment to our public schools. We may not agree on any other political issues, but we all agree that our teachers and our children’s classrooms have been stretched beyond the breaking point. We willingly volunteer hours of our personal time to try to find the pennies that may have been missed that might help our teachers and our classrooms.
Those of you who follow this blog know that we struggled a bit last year with some of the answers we got from school division staff. Some of the budget lines seemed odd to us, with projections that had little relationship to the past actuals. I was worried that we’d encounter more of the same this year.
We haven’t. In fact, we’ve found the opposite.
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