After announcing a devise to emanate it roughly a year ago, a new financial cabinet to oversee
Columbus City Schools’ budgeting and spending is now reality.
The Board of Education voted unanimously currently to emanate a seven-member row with board
member Mary Jo Hudson as a chairwoman. The other members — dual house members and 4 citizens
with backgrounds in financial government — are nonetheless to be announced.
District Treasurer Stan Bahorek, who will offer as executive relationship for a new committee,
said he skeleton to yield a row with any financial information it asks for to know the
“I unequivocally wish to put a clarity emanate to rest,” Bahorek said.
Hudson, who also is president for a district’s review committee, skeleton to assemble a first
meeting of a new financial cabinet early subsequent month.
“We will be reviewing district financial reports on a unchanging basis, and we consider bringing more
detail and some-more life to expenditures,” Hudson said, “with an eye toward carrying a open better
understand a finances of a district and what a district’s skeleton are for a future.”
Some house members have complained over a years that they had small believe of how the
district spends money, even yet they were called on to approve an annual bill that was
typically about $1.3 billion.
That bill has lacked any poignant detail. This year’s $1.3 billion bill was one page
long and pennyless down spending usually into several funds, such as $767.1 million on general-fund
expenditures, $113 million for worker benefits, $48.6 million in sovereign supports for children of
low-income families, $46.5 million to compensate off holds and $60 million on classroom facilities.
The default of information appears to be a byproduct of a board’s former “policy governance”
method of oversight, in that many decisions — including budgeting — were left to the
superintendent. Before that, budgets had some-more meat.
Under former Superintendent Rosa Smith, a district’s 2001 bill could hardly be packed
into a folder that was 1 1/2 inches thick. The executive outline alone for that bill was 38
pages, with poignant breakdowns of how income was to be spent.
When it comes to budgeting for city and county governments, a routine includes public
meetings to assistance qualification a best spending plan.
Hudson pronounced she hopes to do something identical in a propagandize district.
In other business today, a house again authorized bonuses for employees whose schools showed
student educational gains, and a list again enclosed $2,500 checks for during slightest 7 principals and
assistant principals who have been concerned in a district’s data-scrubbing scandal.
The “gainsharing” bonuses were for a 2013-14 propagandize year. Spokesman Jeff Warner pronounced the
reason those concerned are being paid stays a same: The district feels it is legally obligated
to compensate all past amounts it had concluded to pay.