Our budget was approved more than a year ago. In a healthy environment the budget is a carefully managed process over the course of the year, where unspent money in one category offsets excess need in another. This happens all the time and rarely rises above an accounting exercise. Continue reading Didn’t We See the 2013 School Budget Surplus Coming?
I would love to see a blog on the Newton Public Schools site where School Committee members could explore issues with each other at anytime without having to wait for the formal bi-monthly meeting. The blog would be viewable by anyone with an internet connection but nobody other than a SC member would have posting privileges. This would allow for group exchanges on topics that deserve more airtime and deliberation than is available at the regularly scheduled bi-monthly meetings, while keeping discussion in the public view. Continue reading Creative Proposals to Improve Deliberation Quality