According to the AJC:
The DeKalb County School District finished the fiscal year that ended in June by spending $34 million over what had been budgeted a year earlier, according to new financial figures.
DeKalb spent $808.6 million in fiscal year 2012, according to the June financial report released by the school system this week. That compares with the $774.6 million budget set by the school board last year.
Over the summer, officials predicted that an overage of tens of millions of dollars would occur for fiscal 2012. However, they didn’t have an actual figure until they closed the books on June.
Well, let’s see. Yep, that’s probably about right. It seems about par for a government entity to tell the taxpayers they are going to make cuts and then just overspend anyway. We taxpayers get hit by this from all areas of government – thus the federal $16 TRILLION deficit.
However, are we so complacent that we allow this to continue without repercussions for employees? As far as we can tell, the superintendent is bound by the edicts put forth by the board – especially the budget. Ramona Tyson certainly obviously didn’t care. She spent willy-nilly anyway to the tune of $34 MILLION over what the board approved. Yet, Ramona is glorified, upheld and in fact, was given some kind of new cushy title with an accompanying big paycheck to boot! CFO Marcus Turk was let go, but he just kept the books, he wasn’t a decision-maker in budget spending. The superintendent is responsible for the budget. The superintendent is the board’s only employee. The superintendent should have been called on the carpet.
So where exactly is the incentive to do as the board rules? There is none. The leaders of this system do as they please and pays no attention to the nine wizards behind the curtain.
Carry on Dr. A. Let’s see if you stick to the budget while it’s completely under your watch. No worries, because if you don’t, you won’t even get a slap on the hand.