Zionsville Times Sentinel

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October 31, 2012

Zionsville School Board election 2012

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Each school corporation in Indiana is being provided with guidelines to develop a Teacher Evaluation System and flexibility to implement such system.  With regard to the merit-based pay portion of the law, the Indiana DOE is providing guidelines and “guardrails” and several choices for implementation so that local school districts can choose what works best for them.   If elected to the School Board, I will be committed to ensuring a smooth transition and successful implementation of this new legislation.

2. Are you in favor of using the maximum levy for the three years of the referendum? If not, how would you offset any projected shortfall?

Yes.  In accordance with the will of the voters, I believe the School Corporation should receive all of the referendum funds.  In May 2012, the community voted in favor of the $14,100,000 property tax referendum.  As such, it is the fiduciary duty of the School Board to uphold the will of the voters.  If elected, I would support using the referendum funds to first balance the budget and then to restore the Rainy Day Fund, which is currently being used as a bridge until the referendum funds become available.

3. What is your solution for the 2015 budget after the referendum expires?

The $14,100,000 property tax referendum was a “Band-Aid” and the school has been given a three year window to balance the budget.  The community passed the referendum because firing teachers was not an acceptable alternative.  Although sources of revenue have been reduced, the school’s budget deficits were exasperated by overspending and the failure to address an unsustainable increase in base-line spending.

In order to find long term, fiscally sustainable solutions, the composition of the School Board must change.   I’m a CPA with 15 years of private sector experience.  My strength is in financial analysis and reporting.  I’m experienced at analyzing the overall financial picture of a company and developing common sense solutions to complex problems.  I bring a fresh perspective and the skill set needed to resolve these challenges.  I also believe that every child possesses amazing potential and that next to parenting, education is the springboard to unleashing that potential.

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