By David Banks, Cobb County School Board Post 5
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, through his CFO Mike Addison, presented recommendations for the Fiscal 2013 School District Budget at an April 11 school board work session. The recommendations contained some drastic cuts in teacher and staff positions, along with reductions in instructional time by imposing five furlough days and, increasing “average” class sizes by two students.
Additionally, the budget proposal included utilizing approximately $21.1M from the existing “$100M Reserve Funds”.
My question to Mr. Addison was, with $100M in “reserve funds” sitting in the bank, from a monetary standpoint is there any reason to make the above proposed budget cuts? Mr. Addison’s immediate response was, “It would be reckless not to do so.” I certainly understand that difficult choices have to be made when there are no alternatives, but that is not the case here and I