Friday, April 01, 2016
Gaarder: We will get the FEMA money, district has been well managed
Mary Gaarder, a candidate for a three-year position on the Board of Education told KZRG Thursday that the FEMA money is coming and that the district has been well managed.
"Paul Barr, our financial director, has done a wonderful job," Gaarder said. As far as speculation about not having "errors and omissions' reimbursed by the federal government, she added, "He gave a worst case scenario of what would happen if we don't get that money, but it seems to me we are going to get that money.
"There was a lot of talk- you know, oh my gosh, our reserves are down so far, but all those reserves have come back."
The reserves are not only back, Gaarder said, but they are better than the reserves in some of the surrounding districts.
Despite the returning reserves and a district that Gaarder said had been well managed, the retired teacher suggested that adult community education might have to be sacrificed for financial reasons.
"Community education is a wonderful thing. I have no doubt that many people have been enriched by it. They're great classes, etc. But that is not our laser focus. Our laser focus is K-12.
"Now if we had enough money to run that- great, but we've lost over $100,000 in the last three years and let's look at where we need our money."
Gaarder indicated the money that would be saved by eliminating community education could be used to get raises for teachers. "We've got to retain our good teachers. Community education might be a place where money can be found."
KZRG's complete interview with Mary Gaarder can be found at this link.