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Weatherly board grills CCTI administrators, fails to pass budget

Published March 15. 2019 12:14PM

Weatherly Area school board members spent more than two hours grilling CCTI administrators on the school’s budget and operations.

Dave Reinbold, administrative director of CCTI, and the school’s business manager, Jeffry Deutsch, were invited to give a presentation to the Weatherly Area board and discuss the technical school’s budget. The Weatherly Area board has been reluctant to approve the budget.

Reinbold called the budget “very Weatherly-friendly” and detailed how the district’s share of the costs has steadily decreased over the years. After removing a $50,000 capital improvement project from the budget, Reinbold said Weatherly Area’s cost for the 2019-20 school year will reflect a decrease of $1,687. The district’s cost had been slated to increase by $2,408 before the removal of the capital project.

Reinbold went on to show board members that Weatherly Area’s share of the CCTI budget has decreased a total of $72,000 from 2013 through the 2019-20 proposed budget. He also noted that Weatherly’s share is the lowest of the five sending school districts.

None of that satisfied Weatherly board members or administrators, who continued to drill down on the figures and asked for more information to be provided before they could vote to approve CCTI’s budget.

Superintendent Teresa Young asked for information on staff compared to budget, and even district solicitor Christopher Slusser asked for clarification of the per-student costs to the district.

When the presentation and question-and-answer period finished, Weatherly board member Gerry Grega made a motion to approve the CCTI budget.

“You received all the information you need to pass the budget,” he told fellow board members.

The motion died for lack of a second.

In other business, Pete Bard, business manager for the district, reported that the initial sale of bonds to finance the district’s building and repair project was successful.

The bonds, which pay an interest rate of 3.22 percent, sold at a premium, which will reduce the total cost of financing by approximately $500,000.

Board member Amy Potsko was absent from the meeting.

Young is trying to create a distraction from her unpopular building project and upcoming tax hikes. When has she spent 2 hours talking about her budget this year?
The only distraction is the timely and appropriate fiscal analysis of the CCTI budget. Sending schools, take this opportunity to compare the level of administrative staffing among CCTI and the sending schools. The admininistrative director position at CCTI should also encompass the principal responsibilities. Look closely at additional superfluous positions at CCTI. For example, the Building and Grounds director functions as a white collar employee, rarely contributing to any direct "hands-on" responsibilities relative to cleaning and overall building maintenance. There is only one building and a limited student population. The question is legitimate, do sending schools require more of teachers, secretaries, janitorial and maintenance staff, administrators and ancillary support staff. Analyze the student/staff ratios, do the math and make these comparisons. With limited resources across our country, requiring a level playing-field is a legitimate expectation. The school is extremely politicized, operating as an rudderless fiefdom with employees controlling and limiting their actual required contributions to the organization. So, Weatherly School District is mandated to expect equity of resources and services by continuing this effort to demand accountability. Any superintendent in a district the size of Weatherly should also function as a building principal. Does this happen at CCTI? Weatherly, does your building and grounds director plow snow, assist in the day-to-day functions of cleaning and maintaining a healthy and safe environment? Now, I suspect that Reinbold will defend, deflect and cry foul but don't believe him. Some constituents have the background and experience to determine that the current system isn't equitable! Continue to ask your questions and make comparisons, the young people in Weatherly and other sending districts deserve exactly the services that CCTI provides.

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