I am writing to clarify a statement made in The Citizen’s Jan. 30 article “CVSD sends budget to district voters” by Scooter MacMillan. In the article, it states that the budget of $82.4 million “passed with minimal discussion.” This is misleading. There was plenty of discussion at the previous three budget meetings on Dec. 3 and 17, as well as Jan. 7. In the three previous meetings the board discussed the four main components of the budget at length. In two instances, board members pleaded to stop the discussion so that we could move on. However, all members’ questions were heard and discussed.
On the 21st of January, the bond article was heavily discussed because its presentation to the board had been delayed due to the complexity of the Charlotte needs. This was the first full presentation to the board. Again, as shown on the recording of the meeting, some board members wanted to end the discussion, but it was extended because all questions needed to be heard.
I just wanted to make this clear, as members of the board do not take the budget lightly and fully understand the impacts of decisions. These are impacts on students as well as taxpayers.
Vice Chair, CVSD Board