School Board discusses budget, thanks acting superintendent
–The Paso Robles School Board received an upbeat update on the budget at Tuesday night’s meeting. Five years ago, when Dr. Kathy McNamara was superintendent, the district had a $7.5 million dollar budget reserve. That was 10-percent of the district’s operating budget. Most of that reserve was exhausted during the tenure of Superintendent Chris Williams. The budget reserve is now under 1-percent, but Chief Business Officer Brad Pawlowski says it’s improving. He told the board, “Within two years, the district budget reserve will be back above 3-percent of the operating budget, which is the state minimum.” Pawlowski will bring the budget back to the school board at their meeting in two weeks.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, the board also thanked Acting Superintendent Julian Crocker for stepping in while the district was looking for a new superintendent.
Another agenda item to be discussed at the next meeting, the board will discuss protection for “whistleblowers,” people who step up to report corruption, kick-backs, embezzlement, theft and other violations of the law by school employees. Whistleblower protection protocol to be discussed at the meeting in two weeks.