Wake County school board vice chairwoman Debra Goldman is publicly sharing her displeasure at staff for not getting the information she's asked about on the budget.
In a post on her blog today, Goldman said she hasn't gotten the answers she's asked for since January about the budget. Much of her post focuses on the district's 3,600 cell phones and Blackberries but she also complains about "many instances" of staff asking the board to approve things at the last minute.
"Where are the details to the spending that I have requested ad nauseam since early this year?" Goldman writes.
Goldman questions why new contracts for the phones were signed when she had asked for the information before that would occur.
"Why are we making cuts that directly impact our students in the classroom, and through Project Enlightenment, while at the same time, committing to spend over a quarter of a million dollars for cell phones for bus drivers?" Goldman asks.
Goldman questions why radios can't be given to drivers instead. She also points out that bus drivers account for a minority of the phones. She asks who has the rest of them.
Goldman also questions why Wake is paying $250,000 this year for Blue Diamond testing when "we have a huge Evaluation and Research Department?"
She also asks why Wake is paying a staff member to act as lobbyist and "why aren't we budgeting for the Budget???"
Goldman also accuses staff of trying to get the board to vote on things without much notice.
"We have had many instances of late, where information has been brought to the Board of Education in a last minute 'you MUST approve this tonight' methodology," Goldman writes. "I do not agree with this tactic. I will not rubber stamp items that directly impact our children, our teachers and our community. I am asking a lot of questions. Tomorrow's meeting could be a long one..."
The reason for Goldman's blog post is that staff will ask the board to approve an interim budget resolution Tuesday. The resolution will allow Wake to operate until the budget can be finalized after the state and county approve their budgets.