This year’s budgeting process has been slightly more complicated than in years past. The timeline that was required to call an early rollback election pushed our budget approval back into July rather than August. I have had many questions asking why we are having the election approximately a month ahead of the scheduled November election. The main reason for an early election is to aide our own budget process as well as the Mason County Appraisal District’s timelines for tax statements. To begin a series of discussions regarding the need for a rollback election I think it is best to convey our current conservative approach to student achievement.
It seems that each fall we field questions regarding expenditures of the District such as why did we buy a blow up run-through sign or who paid to have the flags put up on the visitor’s side of the field. The school district has picked up a few expenditures, such as uniforms and student meals that booster clubs and various organizations had funded prior to 2004. We understand community interest in extra-curricular activity expenditures and consequently take steps to ensure that expenditures out of the ordinary are funded by support groups, fund raisers, or personal donations. District expenditures focus on student safety and maintaining a high level of school/community pride. This philosophy does not lend itself to painting the water tower or the purchase of items such as golf carts and UTV’s with school funds.
This past year Mason ISD has taken a major step forward in providing the community with access to information by publishing the district’s check registry on our website. Each expense approved at Mason ISD will be filed by the month in which the expenditure occurred and this information can be readily accessed at www.masonisd.net under the public notice section.
Four years ago during a goal setting meeting I told the school board that my goal for Mason ISD is to provide a school as great as our community. We continually strive to meet this goal and it is my hope that we have earned your support. I have never been around a community that cares about its children the way Mason does. We appreciate your trust in us and look forward to a great 2008-09 school year!