The ugly headlines from three of the nation’s largest cities are symptoms of a much greater, more widespread problem, experts say. At a time when big-city public school responsibilities are growing, school budget coffers hard hit by the recession are running dry, and state-level lawmakers don’t seem to have the political will to fill them up.
Masslive 2/6/16 - Proposed $13.3 million Ware schools 'need based' budget would hike spending 7.3%, officials say
According to the district's business manager, Andy Paquette, the spending plan identifies about $12.5 million in revenue, and that more than $800,000 more is needed to reach the amount the school says is needed, to fund it.
Congrats to Crystal Fairman for passing the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General’s Charter School Procurement Seminar.
Described as follows:
This two-day seminar was developed to assist charter schools in satisfying the requirement (Section 11 of Chapter 46 of the Acts of 1997) that certain charter school administrators earn a Massachusetts public purchasing official certificate. Charter schools are subject to some state procurement laws, are exempt from others, and are always responsible for sound business practices and best value procurement. Efficient, effective and ethical contracting practices are essential for charter schools working to achieve their goals and objectives in a cost-effective manner. This seminar concludes with an examination. The course includes the following topics:
- Massachusetts procurement laws for Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth charter schools
- DESE expectations and recommended procurement practices
- Overview of legal requirements for public contracts
- Procuring supplies or services
- Acquiring or disposing of real property
- Legal requirements and best practices for procuring design and construction services
A huge congratulations should be given to TMS team member, Chris Desjardins. He and the Hadley superintendent, Anne McKenzie, worked on and received the AASBO Pathways to the Meritorious Budget Award. This is the first step to the Meritorious Budget Award!
Last year only three districts in Massachusetts received this distinction.