Jul 20, 07 LTE (Oak Ridger) City Council’s Obligation

Should City Council inquire about specifics in the OR School Budget?There have been a lot of public statements made that our City Council has “no business” even looking at, let alone questioning, specific line items in the School Budget. For the life of me, I cannot understand the basis of this belief. Our City Charter … Continue reading Jul 20, 07 LTE (Oak Ridger) City Council’s Obligation

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Jul 16, 07 Submission to City Council – BEP Discrepancies

After having received a substantial increase in funding from council and having received $1.9 million unexpected dollars from the state’s new BEP plan, the OR School Board still cites insufficient funding for the 2007/2008 school year.On July 11, 2007, the school board held a work session to discuss the $1.9 million BEP funds. Their attached … Continue reading Jul 16, 07 Submission to City Council – BEP Discrepancies

Jul 5, 07 LTE (Observer)/Jun 28, 07 Statement to ORSB

For many years now, the Oak Ridge School Board has requested additional funding from the City Council while inferring that our schools are in jeopardy. While certain members have indicated that they do not desire “to pit one city service against another” year after year, this is exactly what has happened. When council cannot meet … Continue reading Jul 5, 07 LTE (Observer)/Jun 28, 07 Statement to ORSB

Jun 18, 07 LTE (appr) / Email to ORSB RE: Return of Funds to CC

With the signing of the new BEP by Gov. Bredeson last week, the OR School Board has indicated that the Oak Ridge Schools will receive $1.9 million additional dollars for FY2008. This amount will more than cover the $140,000 cited shortfall as well as the reinstatement of the bus transportation previously cut to students living … Continue reading Jun 18, 07 LTE (appr) / Email to ORSB RE: Return of Funds to CC

Jun 3, 07 Email to ORSB – Confirmation of No Intent to Reinstate Transportation in 08

I've sent the following to all members of the school board. I believe I know the answer, but wanted to be certain that I understood correctly. Maybe this is something everyone but me had already understood, but, then again, maybe not. ORSB Members, In my continued quest to understand the budgeting process and thus, participate … Continue reading Jun 3, 07 Email to ORSB – Confirmation of No Intent to Reinstate Transportation in 08

May 31, 07 LTE (Observer) – The Big Picture – Pre Election

There’s a lot of uncertainty in our city’s future and our struggle to find answers continues. We lack a consensus on what factors are essential to our vitality. I don’t claim to have the answers as to what those factors may be, but I do know that increased taxes and increased debt DO NOT make … Continue reading May 31, 07 LTE (Observer) – The Big Picture – Pre Election

May 29, 07 Questions Submitted During Regular ORSB Meeting

1. Do you have any reason to believe that the State of TN will grant you zero dollars out of the anticipated $280,000-$3million dollars that they have indicated will come to OR schools?2. Please list one line item (that does not hinder you from meeting state or federal mandates) of your 2007/2008 budget that is … Continue reading May 29, 07 Questions Submitted During Regular ORSB Meeting