Hard to find SC meeting to give Superintendent a Contract and to reveal 2017/2018 Budget!

I’ve highlighted many times the poor fiscal practices of the current school administration, and the lackluster reaction by this School Committee to hold them accountable.

Last year the administration postponed and rescheduled the budget hearings and this year the administration originally proposed to present the budget during the April School vacation week.

There is a budget meeting this Wednesday April 12th to present the 2017/2018 budget to the School Committee NOTHING is posted on the City Agenda web page or under the School Committee Meeting Packet Tab on the School Dept website. In fact the Administration made sure to not hold the meeting in the City Council Chamber less it be televised.

According to the calendar on the School Dept Website there is also a fifteen minute “Special Meeting” of the School Committee scheduled but nothing is posted in the above locations to let the public know anything about this meeting.

At first glance I thought this was a deliberate attempt to stall because the budget isn’t ready or a deliberate attempt to not make the public aware of what was taking place.

Turns out it appears from the manner used to post the information, the latter seems to be correct.

Here are screen shots taken after 7:00 p.m. this evening from both the City and School websites which have no School Committee Meeting Information posted. Here is also the wording of the calendar showing the scheduled meetings.

Special Meeting of the School Committee. 4/12/2017 06:15 pm to 06:30 pm

SC BUDGET HEARING. 4/12/2017 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm

However if you search the School Dept. Site, you see a tab that is labeled Announcements

If you click on that tab you see the meetings scheduled and if you click on those you find these two notifications