With having worked for a school district, local city government and the private industry, I understand and I am able to manage the complexity of school finances. I recognize the challenging decisions board members make and the financial impact to the budget. I have the ability to balance what our students need while being aware of budget implications and developing ways to minimize the impact to our taxpayers.
Board members are tasked with being guardians of taxpayer dollars. Transparency with public funds is a must. This is why it is important for the board to inform the tax payers of the decisions that need to be made, why they are being made, and how we have come to those decisions. Public dialogue and community engagement are necessary so the decisions represent a variety of voices.
It's up to the community and the board to hold themselves accountable, not just at election time.