This evening, Hamburg Central School District Board of Education will vote to adopt the 2011-12 school budget.
April 22, 2010 Board of Education Adoption of 2010-11 school budget:
Projected $5.5 million budget gap,
12.7 teachers laid off
(the Board of Education meets in secret to review architecture plans for the proposed art-music entertainment theatre, meanwhile the roof is in risk of collapsing at Boston Valley Elementary School)
Mr. Bagley estimates the school district would have a $2.4 million fund balance at year's end June 30, 2010
THE BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO ADOPT THE 2010-2011 SCHOOL BUDGET AYES 7, NAYES 0
June 30, 2010 Hamburg Central Schools ended the school fiscal year (July1-June 30) with a $4.2 million fund balance (audit report by Lumsden and McCormick)
Wait a minute?
In April 2010 the Board of Education was facing a proposed $5.5 million budget gap, but 60 days later the bank account had an accumulated fund balance of $4.2 million. That is a $9.7 million dollar difference.
Question: How did this happen?
In the Spring of 2011 the voters will be asked to pass a bond issue in the amount of $34.7 million for necessary repairs to the buildings around the district.
Question: What happened the entertainment complex? And why weren't these necessary repairs made before they got so bad? Where was Dr. Crawford when the buildings were crumbling?
In reviewing the Board of Education Minutes, that the district FINALLY put online, there is a glaring issue that ought to be addressed.
Question: Why does each Board Member always vote AYE? Do any of them have an original thought or a backbone?