Budget Priorities First To Last

October 26, 2011 by staff 

Budget Priorities First To LastBudget Priorities First To Last, Candidates for the Prohibition of the Unified School District board recently asked about how they would decide what is most important when developing the district’s budget.

The seven candidates, Alfredo Andrade, Alex Cassada, Curtis Ray, Deborah Dukes, Larry Ellis, Maxine Israel, and David Vanden Heuvel, are running for three seats on the district board in the November 8 election.

On October 16 at the First Missionary Baptist Church was moderated by Professor Sheldon Troy ban.

Sheldon asked the candidates a total of seven questions or instructions. For information about the first five messages and responses of the candidates, click here, here, here, here, here and here, or see the right sidebar of this report for the links.

The seventh indicator “As a member of the board, how to prioritize the construction of a district?”

Cassada, a child care worker, was selected to be answered first:

“The most important thing we have to focus on is exactly what benefits the majority of children, students in the classroom. And what the negative … In the classroom, and that’s where we need to start making cuts.

“That’s the way school districts should be … Because the reason we are here today is before the education and success of our graduates … High School in Banning.

“One of the things we need … They are intensive programs. Because the government is putting a lot of intensive programs …. We will see that and give priority to our budget based on efficiency.

“If we do as Mr. Curtis said, began to turn out the lights, or give us a new type of solar panels in our area, we have scholarships for them, and that’s what we have to work, our grant writer, who can start making income and start making a profit, so you can actually put more money for programs.

“We need to focus our priority to focus on extracarricular activities. That’s one of the main things the budget that would promote, as a student because I know that those are the things I expected, and that made me want to go to class .

“Because when a student wanting to go to the Glee Club or the Christian club … Like when I was in sixth grade, I wanted to go to school. I mean, you’re happy and proud and want to wake up even if it is early in the morning …. what can really help our attendance up.

“That goes to what Mr. Bailey has been advocating at school board meetings.

“Our next priority is where’s the fat? … If you can not justify spending money on gas or certain people, can not be justified if there is no reason why it should be there. You have to trim the fat and have to put the budget … to things that are most important ….

“And then you have to listen, how can we focus our budget on classified workers and teachers because they are positively affecting students in the classroom.

“I know first hand because … I know what happens, I know what workers classified happen, because when you’re not happy, then we are not happy.

“We must work together and I’m going to prioritize the budget of students and ensure that all care.”

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