The most important finding of the audit was that the district's fund balance has slipped from $16 million three years ago to an anticipated $4.6 million in June 2015, a dangerously low level.
And now, after being a major part of a school board that has rubber stamped eight million dollars in "might-as-well" spending on artificial turf for practice fields, a track when we already have one, extra tennis courts, concession stands, lighting, and press boxes, $3 million in a vain effort to meet C. J. Huff's vow to open the new high school on time in August 2014, and one million for travel over a three-year period, Anne Sharp says the board will determine if being fiscally responsible if something it should consider trying.
From the Joplin Globe article:
Board President Anne Sharp said board members are expected to meet this spring to determine priorities, including what emphasis to place on restoring fund balances.
"At that point (after the April election) that board will get the goals set for the upcoming year, so the focus is on what the seven of us feel is the most critical for our school district," she said. "We are going to be focused more on our students than it has been for the past three years, when it was focused on getting our students back in buildings. We get to go back to doing school."
It is good to know that after the April election, the school board will change its approach and start making fiscal responsibility and focusing on students its new priorities.
Of course, it would be easier if Anne Sharp, who has already had 15 years on the board to determine her priorities, were sitting on the sidelines when those discussions take place.