Once again, the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors sent the wrong message to the school board. I applaud Mr. Wanner for presenting the idea to provide the school board with the discretion to utilize year-end surplus funds for capital improvements.
This decision provides the school board no incentive to save funds during any given budget cycle and shows a low level of trust from the BOS. As a former member of the school board, I can recall having numerous joint meetings with the BOS to discuss capital improvements, both school and county. As a result of said meetings, a combined countywide prioritized list of capital projects was agreed upon by both bodies.
If that same level of cooperation was in place now, then the BOS and school board would know what projects need to be completed and there would be no question as to where the money is being spent. In my opinion, the comment made by one member of the BOS referring to the “Mother May I”...
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