Demanding transparency at the county level will ensure fiscal responsibility so every precious tax dollar is wisely spent for our kids in our districts. Measure G bond money was approved in 2012 in MHUSD yet when my opponent was on the MHUSD, these funds sat unspent, there was no solid plan as to how they were going to spend the money that the voters approved. On the other hand, when I got elected in 2014, I promised that we would develop a plan and roll out upgrades to schools that includes the latest technology backbone (T1), WiFi, electronic white boards, HVAC, new roofs and classrooms including new Gen 7 modules (Solar). Today, we are completing the last of the bond money with a final major upgrade to a middle school at a cost of 49 million to renovate and transform the entire middle school into a 21st century learning environment.
In March of 2017, because of my extensive training in finance both in my corporate life and more importantly in my Masters in Governance training, specifically in School Finance, helped me to identify a deficit spending within MHUSD and that started a dialog that brought about specific changes and reductions in spending. Had this discussion never took place, quit possibly a different scenario might have been in our future. Let me explain, back in January 2017, five school districts went under and was taken over by the State. Here is why these five districts went belly up, one, declining enrollment, two, giving raises that the district couldn’t afford, three, not enough reserve money for unforeseen monetary circumstances. These are only a few reason but when the state takes over a district, not only the Board Members are removed but the parents have very little say during the period of getting the district back to financial solvency.
We are constantly being asked to do more with less/ Pension costs are getting higher and higher and eating at the budget. Districts must get creative dealing with all these issues. One thing for sure, we can’t keep doing the same thing and expect change.