I second David's request. George and Pat, the ball is in your court.
In case Ruth Vedovelli is not aware that we are making this request, I
have copied her. I am hoping that Ruth will respond to us even without
the encouragement of our school board finance subcommittee.
David Whitenack wrote:
> I add my voice to the choir calling for a joint budeget
> presentation/dialogue between Ms. Cox and Ms. Vedovelli. Ideally,
> this should happen before the election next month. Wouldn't it make
> sense for the members of the Board's Budget Subcommittee to make this
> happen? If I'm not mistaken, Mr. Harris and Ms. Player comprise that
> subcommittee. I urge one or both of them to bring this much-needed
> event to fruition.
> David Whitenack
> Parent, Madera Elementary
> El Cerrito
> At 12:45 -0700 9/29/04, Tammera Campbell wrote:
> >Well, I have had many conversations with several people since last
> >night and they all feel that this budget meeting is a great idea. I
> >feel confident that the city of Pinole would back this event and
> >even televise it for us. If we are to move forward in this district
> >it is time to open up the books and understand them once and for
> >all. We need to have a meeting of the minds. If we are not willing
> >to do this, then we surely have something to hide.
> >School board members, are you willing to do this? This would be the
> >opportunity to bring the public in and be proactive for once. This
> >would be one step toward gaining people's trust. We've got union
> >negotiations coming up, we have been dumping categorical funding
> >into the general fund for the last couple of years to balance the
> >budget, we have a declining population, etc. We've got to do
> >something now rather than later. This is not to attack the
> >district, but to help us understand it better. Make this an
> >opportunity for the good of the kids.
> >Tammera Campbell <tammeracampbell@...> wrote:
> >As I said in an email to Marsha, the only way we are ever going to
> >truly get passed this stalemate on the budget is to get Ms. Cox and
> >Ms. Vedovelli in the same room with us in the audience and televise
> >it to boot. We need to hear from both sides on understanding the
> >budget. Having one presentation from one camp and having another
> >presentation from the other camp, does not answer the questions that
> >come to mind. This would be opening up the budget process to the
> >public. We hear people complain and moan about money, well here's
> >our opportunity to get a balanced presentation. And if this
> >district really did do this, it would be a first. Communication and
> >understanding have always been the goal, if we walk away from
> >an opportunity such as this, then we really don't want to fix the
> >problem, we just want to continue to complain and moan. Can we make
> >this happen?
> >rcs101@... wrote:
> >--For all of you that are interested in how the state finance
> >education and the amount of monies that WCCUDS get and how it is
> >allocated, you missed a great seminar by Pat Cocks, budget analyst.
> >The many questions about ADA, categorical funds and general funds
> >were answered yesterday. We went line by line through the District's
> >budget and as would be expected some very important information came
> >forth. Every member of the school board and any one interested in
> >become a member of the school board should have attended her seminar
> >or should request training from her. She gave you the facts and you
> >could make your own conclusions.
> >All of you that have asked the question about categorical funds and
> >what happens to unspent funds would have received a information that
> >you know but was afraid to really know. All of the grants and funds
> >that board members are told that they don't need to see a budget
> >for, well we covered them yesterday and it is clear why they don't
> >need to see the budgets.
> >Thanks to AFT for an informative seminar, Pat Cocks is available for
> >any group to go over the budget in a way that you can understand.
> >Scottie Smith
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