As a member of the Gainesville / Brentsville district budget advisory committee, I, and my fellow committee members, spent an inordinate amount of time over the past 2 years examining PWCS’ budget. Our analysis showed that there were significant savings that could be found in the PWCS budget. We even took the time to document those savings and shared them here and with anyone who cared to listen.
This year Gil Trenum and Alyson Satterwhite, with the support of Lisa Bell, proposed several adjustments to the PWCS budget that would have provided for additional reductions in class sizes. Their suggestions fell flat. The adjustments proposed were characterized as draconian and concern was expressed that they could undermine the school division’s financial stability. We budget committee members were just too naive and ill informed to understand the complexity involved in the PWCS budget.
I fully expect to receive a Thank you Note from PWCS in the next few days.
Those of you who watched the last school board meeting of the year last night (June 18) noticed that the school division was able to adjust the 2014 – 2015 budget to absorb $6.9 million less than expected from the state and county, combined, without making any cuts. The adjustments they made, increasing Other Revenues, reducing the planned fluff in teacher salaries, and reducing budgeted utility costs to better reflect actuals, were all changes the budget advisory committee had recommended. You know, the adjustments that were characterized as draconian and potentially undermining to the school division’s financial stability. You know, the ones were simpletons were too ill informed to understand.
You’re welcome, PWCS. I like chocolate covered strawberries and sunflowers, in case you were wondering.