How does one go about improving the chances of getting a $450 million bond issue and $60 million mill levy override passed? Most of us support public education and see the need to increase investment in our schools. How do we do this when there is such public distrust of the current school board’s majority?
I, for one, want more than verbal assurances about how each dollar is spent. I want everything spelled out in writing line item by line item. I want total transparency. If the $450 million raised from the bond issue is to go only to capital projects, we need to see a detailed breakdown, beyond what has been publicized to date. Broad categories of expenditures such as maintenance of existing buildings, construction of new schools, student programming, safety and security, fees, management and contingencies leave a lot of leeway for moving funds around by the board majority after the fact.
It’s a sad state of affairs but not surprising given the recently elected board majority’s agenda. Public trust once broken takes a long time to repair.
I went to InvestinDCSD.com website hoping to get a more detailed breakdown of expenditures but was disappointed. I still hold out hope that I can get such detailed information so that I am able to support both bond issue and MLO.
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