According to a recent article in the AJC, District 4 board rep Paul Womack stated that we have a balanced budget, therefore he voted to approve Atkinson’s request for raises for several administrators. Since we have not seen a balanced budget, nor a final budget of any kind, this certainly piqued our interest. Especially considering that as far as we are aware, also according to the AJC, we continue to show a $24 million deficit as well as an additional projected deficit of nearly the same amount and were placed under the watch of a state agency.
Therefore, we submitted the following Open Records Request, asking Womack to provide documentation as to the balanced budget he referred to. If Womack has information refuting the claims of the state, we would like to know. If not, perhaps he needs to do some research before voting to spend another dime of ‘vapor’ money.
September 25, 2012
Delivery by Certified E-mail [2012/9/25; 12:20 PM]
TO: H. Paul Womack, Jr.
District 4 Representative
Board of Education
DeKalb County School System
RE: DeKalb County School System Budgets for 2012-2013 and 2011-2012
“As far as I know, it’s [the budget is] balanced,” said Paul Womack, who voted for the raises Monday along with Jay Cunningham and Donna Edler.
“DeKalb board gives short notice on vote for school officials’ raises,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Monday, September 24, 2012
Pursuant to Georgia Open Records Law (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70 et seq. (the “Law”), you are hereby requested to make available for review and copying all files, records and other documents in your possession and in the possession of DeKalb County School System that refer, reflect or relate to the the 2012-2013 and 2011-2012 DeKalb County Schools budget.
This request includes, but is not limited to, all documents, notes, correspondence and memoranda — electronic and paper — relating to your fiscal responsibilities and the budgets specified above, as a board member and as the chairperson of the Budget, Audit, Finance and Facilities Committee. The request also includes, but is not limited to, all communication and correspondence in whatever tangible medium between and among you, the other board members and the Superintendent of DeKalb County Schools relating to the budgets specified above and relating to your fiscal responsibilities as a board member and as the chairperson of the Budget, Audit, Finance and Facilities Committee. Finally, this request also includes, specifically, but is not limited to, all documents, notes, correspondence, communication and memoranda — electronic and paper — showing and detailing a balanced budget for DeKalb County Schools 2012-2013 and DeKalb County Schools 2011-2012.
If this request is denied in whole or in part, please cite in writing the specific statutory exemption upon which you have relied, as required by law. We also ask that you release all separate portions of otherwise exempt material. You have the authority to waive any costs associated with this request and, as taxpayers and volunteers, we request that you do so.
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DeKalb School Watch Editors