Letters to the Editor

School district’s fiscal mess gets a ‘no’ vote

Susan Agruso, volunteer chair of the School Board of Manatee County’s audit committee, informed the board Nov. 15 that the district’s bank accounts had not been reconciled in months.
Susan Agruso, volunteer chair of the School Board of Manatee County’s audit committee, informed the board Nov. 15 that the district’s bank accounts had not been reconciled in months. Bradenton Herald

At a November school board meeting, a “volunteer” reported that various bank account(s) had not been reconciled for months. The board CFO present at this meeting verified this report, but added that efforts were being made to correct. The board requested the “volunteer” to update at next meeting.

Were no such reports provided at prior monthly meetings?

In following days, the CFO resigned the $120,000+ position citing personal reasons. At this same meeting, the board presented a “Crystal Clear” ballot measure to raise $33 million to be used “strictly for student achievement” via:

1. More instructional time

2. After-school tutoring

3. Recruit, retain teachers / staff with higher salaries

4. Expand career and tech education / STEM(?)

5. Support charter schools.

CRYSTAL CLEAR to whom? The new board president supported this measure, he had previously opposed same. No indication of the “volunteer’s” opinion. Why spend money on a special election, to raise $33 million, on top of the $19 million for a new computer system, with a regular vote just a few months later?

When is enough money enough? When will responsible accounting of the taxpayer’s dollars be made?

Sorry, board, my vote is “NO”!

Jim Heuberger

Bradenton

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