Our School Board must ensure the District’s resources are managed appropriately, balancing fiscal responsibility with educational excellence. “Making every dollar count” does not always mean doing things as inexpensively as possible. Outsourcing does not always make sense if it jeopardizes quality. Vendors and outside contractors must be thoroughly researched before entering into a contract. This includes conversations with other schools or entities who have used a particular vendor. While actual dollar amounts should not be discussed with the public during bidding, the decision-making process when entering into contracts must be transparent. The community should feel confident that there are no conflicts of interest with School Board members or administrators.
“Treating every dollar as if it were your own” sounds nice, but every person has their own preferences and biases when considering how they will spend money. Responsible School Board members would understand that they shouldn't consider the District's resources as their own. A fiscal approach that strives to take into account the viewpoint of the entire community is much better. The needs of taxpayers, students, teachers, staff, and administrators can be at odds, and a measured, balanced approach to spending must be taken. Sacrificing educational excellence can lead to decreased property values, as people looking to move into the area might choose a different School District.