"Has anyone read the report?
It claims the Board President (who resigned over this) illegally told the Board that money left to the District was supposed to go to the Foundation. When the Board found out that he"mislead" them, they ordered the money plus interest transferred back to the district.
We found that the former Superintendent and the current Business Administrator failed to provide the Board with adequate and timely financial data. As a result, the Board apparently was not aware of the severity of the District’s financial condition problems. Audited financial statements were presented to the Board on September 19, 2006 indicating that the District had a general fund unreserved, unappropriated fund balance deficit of more than $200,000 on June 30, 2006. The Board President stated that during the preparation of the 2006-07 budget he was aware that the general fund balance was being projected to be in a deficit position at June 30, 2006. Nevertheless, the 2006-07 budget relied on the use of $875,000 in fund balance that would not be available. There was no indication in the minutes that the Board President informed the other Board members that there was a deficit. As a result, the Board passed a budget that was fiscally irresponsible.
Hamburg has Budget Ambassadors who go over the budget with the Supt. They then make a recommendation to the board to pass/fail it. If the Budget Ambassadors approve it, THEN THE BOARD WAS GIVEN A COPY OF IT. They then had less than one month to review and approve it.
Thankfully with the new Supt, he's changed how things are done. In his e-mails it's called "District Transparency". Call his office and verify the above. See if the Board was kept in the dark with erroneous info. As soon as the Board found out the truth, they corrected all the wrongs.
As a parent, I've worked with some of these Board members. They do not get paid or have any financial interests. They are average people who relied on info supplied from the former Supt. It turns out the info was wrong. When you vote, elect someone new if you choose to not to read the reports and don't look at the facts. Call the new Supt and you'll find out that he is going to make changes and he's committed to rebuilding Hamburg Schools."
"The state report stated the former supt told them they would dip into their reserves (like over $850,000) but that money turned out to not be there. So that makes them $1.7 Mil in debt. It's supposed to now be down to around $300,000. It shows that since they all know the facts they are making it better. There is one guy Greg Wilczak (sp) who has kids in the school who I'd vote for. If you have kids in the school, then you have a "vested" interest in the system. Not sure who else has kids in the school. The board did boot one of the people who kept the info from them. At least they are righting a wrong once they found out about it."
Gee I wonder who JoeShmoe might be? These posts were written in 2008 and it seems like the Board was trying to justify its illegal actions back then. So....what's new? Does anyone believe any superintendent has brought transparency? Does anyone believe the Board has changed its policy of taking the superintendent's word carte blanche? Seriously, we need people on the school board who can think independently. GET RID OF WICHLACZ come May!