Some school board members may be wondering what happened after they left yesterday's budget meeting.
As noted in today's article, school board members spent Monday afternoon looking for ways to reduce the budget by $39 million. The meeting went so long that the idea of streaming board meetings online went from being in the budget to out of it by the end of the discussions.
Things started off with board members being asked to pick up to three items from the list of new programs that they'd like to keep. Preserving the $200,000 to stream school board meetings online tied for the second-most favored option.
Under that option, the school board's main meeting room and conference room would be wired up so that the meetings could be streamed online. The broadcasts also would be archived with the ability to search by agenda topic, similar to what's now being done by the county commissioners.
But with all the cuts that needed to be made, Beverley Clark proposed dropping it from the budget.
Patti Head countered that they need to be able to stream and archive the board meetings so that they can get their message out to the public without relying on the media.
This led to a vote on keeping the item in the budget.
The vote was 5-4 with Rosa Gill, the board chairwoman, breaking the tie to keep the budget item. She was joined by Head, Eleanor Goettee, Kevin Hill and Lori MIllberg,
As the meeting dragged on, both Millberg and Goettee had to leave.
It eventually got down to the point where only $2.9 million needed to be found to finish the budget balancing. That's when Ron Margiotta and Clark called for a re-vote as one way to narrow the margin.
"It's a very cool thing," Clark said. "But it's something that will only be used by a small number of people."
Without Millberg and Goettee, the vote was deadlocked at 3-3 until Gill broke the tie. She flipped her vote and backed removing it from the budget.