It’s the very same thing that has this district where it is.
In the hole. Dead broke and divided.
Tit for tat. Retaliation.
The childishness of opposing adults who would take down an entire school district. Maybe even a city.
It’s the BISD heart of darkness.
And now even TEA appointed Conservator to BISD, Mr. Fred Schaffer, has jumped into the madness.
Before the scheduled vote on the agenda item that would cut teachers, staff and administration, Schaffer reminded the BISD Board of Trustees that deficit spending is what caused the estimated 25 million dollar shortfall in the 2013-14 budget.
Mr. Schaffer told the board that the human resources department at BISD failed to follow staffing guidelines. That BISD has too many teachers.
Mr. Schaffer told the board that the “lack of past and present leadership from the superintendent to the board of trustees” has bankrupted the BISD school district.
The district will only have a five million dollar budget to run its operating expenses at the beginning of the next school year. It needs 138 million to pay for its staff. It will have to reduce its payroll. That means teachers are going to lose their jobs. When asked, Mr. Schaffer affirmed it with a simple “yes”.
When the vote finally came, canceled from the following week, it failed.
Former BISD president Woodrow Reece cast the only affirmative vote. He voted his “conviction”. And Woodrow Reece did the right thing. Trustee Mike Neil voted against it. The other four abstained.
Two months of hard work down the drain. A process punctuated with missteps from the administration and board over. “We are doing nothing” is how Reece characterized it.
The conservator was incensed. He steps up to the podium.