Former Gov. Jim Hunt’s Sept. 21 Point of View “ Let’s show real respect for teachers” sparked some questions in my mind. I do not begrudge a teacher’s need for decent pay, but I question how our money is being spent.
He said that many schools are short on textbooks and have poor facilities. Why? The Wake County school budget is in excess of $1 billion, and the schools are short on textbooks? As a taxpayer I have to wonder what the administrators are doing with the money. Not budgeting for essentials is like having a taxi company but not budgeting for fuel!
Why are facilities in disrepair? Could it be that too much is spent on massive, new construction than on essential maintenance? It would seem that it is high time for change in the way our schools are run.
First and foremost there should be annual public audits of the school finances. The taxpayer has a right to know how money is being spent. I also believe that a superintendent responsible for all financial matters should be hired. One admin to run curriculum and another to be a steward of the people’s money. The only way to meet these challenges is with fiscal prudence.