Friday, March 20, 2015
Nancy Good: Huff, Board, did great job handling money
"They've done a great job," Good said. "We've built our buildings."
Good did not seem to be particularly concerned about the highly critical audit issued earlier this month by the state auditor's office. The primary focus of the audit was the district's rapidly dwindling fund balance, which has shrunk from more than $16 million to an estimated $4.5 million later this year.
"That was the plan,' Good said. "They knew fund balances would be low." Good did not mention anything about the administration's decision, backed by the board, to use eight million dollars in what CFO Paul Barr referred to as "might-as-well" spending to pay for extra tennis courts, artificial turf, lighting, press boxes, and a track at the new high school,, the recent borrowing of $74 million, or even spending nearly $100,000 to place seats with the right colors in the high school gymnasium.
Good placed the blame for the low fund balances squarely on the tornado. "With what we have had to do in the last four years since the tornado- we've had to build buildings, replace supplies, buy computers. Now we have to work on rebuilding that fund balance, but there was emergency money there and we had to use it."
Good spoke proudly of being in on the ground floor when C. J. Huff created the Bright Futures initiative. She currently serves as chairman of Bright Futures USA and was that organization's original treasurer.
"I was in on Bright Futures from the very beginning," she said. "It hit the ground running and has been one of the most phenomenal programs I have ever been involved with and I've been involved with a lot."
Good said that when other schools saw the enormous successes of Joplin Bright Futures they wanted to do the same thing and that led to the creation of Bright Futures USA. That led her to leave the Bright Futures (Joplin) board and create Bright Futures USA," a totally separate organization, according to the Huff Administration.
"I have continued to do both of them the whole time," she said.
Good is one of three candidates for a one-year term, along with Melinda Campbell and Jennifer Martucci.