Budget 5.0 questions
As I peruse the newest version of the DISD budget I noticed something interesting. On page 24, on the items in 6200 contractor and other services there is a decrease of 4.86% or $7,215,358. On page 25 you see the largest expense after payroll is 11.88% in 2010 for contractors. On page 26 it is 12.17% for 2011-2012.
So we are paying a larger percentage to contractors going into the next budget.
On page 27-8 we are paying 6,407,000 for legal fees. In 2006-2007, the district paid lawyers $6,070,180, and now after great reductions and RIFs for several years, we are paying even more to the Lawyer friends. There is a $400,000+ increase since 5 years ago. (Ed what are the more recent numbers?) Why is that acceptable? What is so necessary that needs to be defended at the taxpayer expense? I think this is really criminal. It is justified and legalized cheating.
On page 28 we are paying only $2,209,704 for HVAC, $256,053 for safety/security. I understand these are items that are directly affective to the students, and there are obvious issues with the HVAC and safety, that the school district refuses to correct or address. The superintendent has made it clear that safety is not something they are willing to address. The children are being abused in classrooms and the DISD staff are not doing anything about it. I guess that is the price we need to pay so the crimes are legal and defended.