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One committee I'd like to see

Posted Friday, February 22, 2008, at 4:26 PM

I'm not a big fan of committees or so-called experts, but there is one committe I would really like to be appointed to give the American people some true numbers we really need to see.

Please allow me to admit in advance the best description of a committee I've ever seen was the uninformed appointed by the unwilling to accomplish the unnecessary. And an expert described as an ordinary fella out of town.

One committee I would really like to see appointed would be a group made up of educators and other taxpayers with no politicians allowed to take a hard and true look at money earmarked strictly for education.

I'd like to know down to at least the dollar how much of that money reaches schools and classrooms as opposed to the amount eaten up by administrative costs before it can reach those levels.

Do we have too many people making a living off education outside schools and classrooms?

I don't mind money going for education...as long as it is used strictly for education rather than being sidetracked.

What are your thoughts?

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I think the central office is bloated. Why was the super allowed to hire his wife in a high dollar position? She is an English teacher by training so why are we paying her big money to be the technology supervisor?

-- Posted by andy33 on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 7:09 PM

I believe EVERY department of government needs a 'civilian' review board. Education is just one.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 7:46 PM


were you at the meeting last night?

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 8:06 PM

My concern is primarily at the state and national levels. Too many major decisions involving allocation of funds are made by people looking at theories rather than what is really taking place in schools.

-- Posted by bomelson on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 10:39 PM

The further you get away from the street level, there is less less accountability and visibility. That leaves room for the incompetent, and dishonest to flourish.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 23, 2008, at 8:02 AM

I think that would be a great committee.

Schools are audited every year by an outside firm to ensure correct practices, but that is only for money spent at the school, like Mr. Joe buying a set of calculators or Mrs. Jane buying chemicals for an experiment. It's mostly checking for correct procedures (purchase request, purchase order, received shipment marked on the bill and a check number and double signatures on checks, bills paid in 30 days, etc.). I would assume that the same audit is done at the central office for spending county money and vocational money. The purchase request is checked for appropriateness and if found so, the purchase order is printed and released. I absolutely could be wrong, but I think if the order is over $1,000 you must show at least 3 vendors to compare prices and if it is over $10,000 you must place an ad for bids. It used to be $500 and $5,000, but I think it changed a few years back. I also know you pay for what you get and the cheapest isn't always the best or most durable. I don't know if there is a place to see how federal/state/local monies are broken down by allotment vs. budget vs. actual spending. I'm sure there is, but I don't know where you'd look for such a monster.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Mon, Feb 25, 2008, at 10:24 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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