Friday, March 11, 2011

Budget Blues 2.0

Board of Trustees reviews Budget Reduction Plan 2.0
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Superintendent of Schools Michael Hinojosa and Dallas ISD Chief Financial Officer Alan King presented to the Board of Trustees on March 10 a revised Budget Reduction Plan 2.0 that reflects an anticipated $150 million decrease in funding from the state of Texas, an improvement over the initial "worst-case" decrease of $253 million projection (Budget Reduction Plan 1.0).

On Tuesday, March 8, I sent the following request to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa:

“Please provide a copy of all Preliminary Budget Reduction Plan 2.0 information that
will be presented at the Thursday Board Briefing.”

I received a response from the financial department on Tuesday:

"We are still working on version 2."

Never received the requested  information or any further explanation.

Trustees should be provided all Budget Briefing information in advance of the meeting - not see the new budget information for the first time at the horseshoe. 

This is the most serious financial crisis in the history of Dallas ISD and Trustees must have the opportunity to review a new budget proposal before arriving at the Board Briefing.

How can Trustees prepare for a Board Briefing with no information?