Tuesday, March 24, 2015
C. J. Huff: We have to stop talking about the fund balance as a negative thing
He can hardly rest his weary head on his pillow at night because of state auditors and their incessant demands.
The only thing that makes his job bearable is his unflagging knowledge that he and the Board of Education are right and everyone else is wrong.
For the second straight year at the board meeting closest to election time, Huff commandeered a large segment of a televised board meeting to praise the Board of Education (whose president he would like to see elected for another three-year term April 7), and in so doing, take some credit for himself.
"The fund balance issue has been a non-issue since day one," Huff said, raising his voice. "There are school districts who would love to have the financial balance we have. We have done exactly the right thing for our kids.
"We've got to stop talking about this fund balance as a negative thing."
If the board had not spent the fund balance down to nearly nothing, Huff said, the public would have grown angry and there would be "a new superintendent and seven new board members."
Huff, who considers himself a fiscal conservative, added, "We've been reining in costs hard for the eight years I have been here."