The three non-DFL minority Board members were surprised to learn there was a cash boxaka, a contingency fund. Since Ive been on the Board, Ive never even heard of a contingency fund in the budget. Member Johnston expressed, with a note of dismay
Superintendent Gronseth again expressed the districts spin this way, to the gullible paper of record: Expenses have finally caught up with us, and we knew they would, because our increases havent kept up with the percentage increase of expenses.
Most school boards have Policy Committees and the board of ISD 709 desperately needs one. One of the primary problems causing all the boardroom dysfunction for years has been the slipshod application of policy.
I know the happy talkers of this town want to believe otherwise, but you cant have every promise made in the selling of a half billion dollar capital project go south, and then just blithely declare it over.
Some board members want to have a real discussion about what state the Red Plan has left the district in. They are convinced that no real solution can be found without an honest and open assessment of the problem.
The mainstream media had been in the boardroom all along of course, acting sort of like a baseball play-by-play guy blandly covering the sinking of the Titanic: The ship seems to be listing a bit, Joe. I wonder if itll affect Johnstons swing?
It is disappointing, BUT it (was really smart and) good we didnt include (the money) in our budget. And selling it in parcels might end up being BETTER! Free ice cream will be offered with every parcel.