Friday, May 15, 2009

Schools to explain use of tax dollars

Sessions designed to educate public about annual budget process


By EXPRESS STAFF

The Blaine County School District and the county's Education Foundation have scheduled two "School Budgeting 101" sessions for next week to explain to the public how property tax dollars are used to educate kids.

The sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at the Community Campus in Hailey. They are scheduled to last about 90 minutes.

"This presentation is specifically designed to be accessible to everyone," said Heather Crocker, Education Foundation executive director. She said the presentation will consist of visuals, graphics and easy-to-understand details.

School Board Chairwoman Alexandra Sundali said the budgeting sessions are an annual event, but usually no one from the general public attends.

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"School boards are accountable to the public and this is one of the many ways we seek transparency in our budgeting process," Sundali said. "We always hold school board meetings that are open to the public when we discuss and approve the budget, but we have noticed over the years that people don't attend. We want to do everything we can to ensure that our community has access to the school district budget."

For more information, contact Crocker at 578-5449 or visit www.blaineschools.org.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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