It is no secret that many in the community had serious concerns about the financial management and lack of transparent financial reporting under the previous school administration.

To the Editor:

It is no secret that many in the community had serious concerns about the financial management and lack of transparent financial reporting under the previous school administration.

My membership on the district's financial review and reporting committee has convinced me that these fears are no longer well founded.

The FRRC was established in April 2010 by the current school board as part of a series of changes to enhance performance and accountability. Under the leadership of two board members, the superintendent and interim treasurer, the committee meets monthly in a session open to the public and attended by the media. Questions and debate are open and insightful.

The FRRC provides guidance to the administration and board about managing costs, forecasting revenues and the need to deliver on the mission. With the support of the FRRC, Superintendent April Domine restructured the budgeting process, saving taxpayers over $3 million in the past 18 months.

In addition, renegotiated labor contracts reduced the rate of growth in salaries and capped any increase in health insurance costs. These efficiencies held the rate of increase in expenditures to less than 1 percent, while enrollment grew by 102 students.

The FRRC carefully reviews the five-year forecast and enrollment projections. It also studied the levy and bond request.

Issue 50 will provide funds to build a needed new building for 1,200 elementary and middle school students, which will meet the district's enrollment needs for the next 10 years. It will also provide funds to staff and operate this building and the district in a responsible, fiscally conservative manner for at least two years.

Because the district is demonstrating strong stewardship, reducing expenses, controlling costs and responsibly planning for facility needs now and in the future, I urge you to vote for Issue 50.

David Demers
New Albany