District budget process must be convincing

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2003

I don't have any in-depth knowledge about the Juneau School District/Juneau Education Association (JEA) salary negotiations.

But I do understand it boils down to a question of available funding, based on the Empire's story "Juneau schools face lean budgets."

The story said the district revealed it will have "about $925,000 more than it projected this year."

This is "smoke-and-mirrors" budgeting, and I would think fails to inspire confidence in the JEA membership - and certainly mine.

I am a Juneau resident who in good faith has voted to fund computers in the schools, repair schools and fund a new high school (which thus far only has only a mascot and school colors as tangible signs of its existence), and supported general funding for schools.

I know that a major consideration is whether any raises and other teacher benefits may be sustained in future years.

I don't know about that, but it is imperative that the school district/budget convince all that their budget and budgeting process are beyond question.

In making budget proclamations, the board should remember that only God "reveals" and I don't believe God is on the board or works for the board.

Jerry Madden


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