As our followers know, I have tried to delve into many budget issues TSD has worked through the last year or so. The TSD Board recently conducted a budget workshop on August 8, 2019 that was very insightful. Further, while I was unable to attend the August 22, 2019 Board meeting(and will catch the video when it comes out), the Board should have passed the budget for the upcoming year. I wanted to hit some highlights, which will take a couple blogs. My plan is to put together a multi-part blog over the next few weeks hitting some of the high points. This part is a very short entry about the general process, and what I see as a little different tact than has been present in prior years.
CHANGE OF COURSE
I have been very critical of the TSD Board with respect to what I felt was a lack of interest in financial items over the past year. Comparatively, I want to commend the Board for its work over the last few months. The Board members appear to be very interested in the budget. I have observed them asking insightful questions, expressing a pretty good understanding(or at least an interest in learning) about the inner workings of the budget. I hope this focus continues. Great work on the part of the Board.
In a similar vein, I have been critical of the TSD Admin at times, primarily because the decision making process appeared to be kept within a tight knit group, with just a few people involved in making really important, and impactful, decisions. The most recent meetings have evidenced an eagerness to be much more forthright with information, and seek out input from many sources as part of the decision making process. This practice has been a breath of fresh air, and I am hopeful the open dialogue continues. Kudos to new Superintendent Sean Dotson and Financial Director Jim Brittain.
The Board recently met and conducted a Budget workshop, which can be viewed at the following link. The video is about an hour and 45 minutes long and covers many topics. This might be the best summary, and discussion, available of the current and immediate future status of the TSD Budget. The meeting was co-led by Dotson and Brittain, with significant participation from the TSD Board. Well worth the time if you have any interest in the budget.
That being said, I agree with some of the decisions, take issue with others, and do have some thoughts as to what should occur moving forward. In upcoming blogs, maybe a 3 part series, I will offer some insight. For now, I would encourage readers to watch the workshop video.
More to come . . .