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Date Posted: 14:44:40 07/15/10 Thu
Author: Donald F. Valtman
Subject: What local group(s) verify . . .

student enrollment 'forecasts' that GCPSS uses to prepare a future years' budget and sell long-term capital programs?

* NOT the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners. They just routinely approve whatever the Gwinnett BoE submits,

* NOT the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. They never met an
increase in GCPSS's enrollment that they couldn't make some hay out of and simply ignore any reported decreases,

* NOT the principal Gwinnett Area newspapers. They simply print whatever enrollment 'forecasts' GCPSS feeds them and regurgitate them to a gullible reading public. After all, how many readers remember what was printed a couple weeks ago, let alone several years ago?

* NOT interal divisions/departments -- like GCPSS's Internal Audit. Audit implies verifying something -- like enrollments and relating enrollments to budgets and building programs! Again, who would expect a GCPSS Division -- like Internal Audit -- which reports to the Superintendent, to publicly review whether the current GCPSS is too big; or that student enrollment forecasts (which the 'boss' has accepted) actually warrant a proposed budget and/or a long-term building program?

Perhaps Gwinnett citizens need to examine the credentials of any BoE candidate they plan to vote for next week. Perhaps they should vote for an innovative BoE candidate who asks questions -- NOT a candidate that just mouths the standard, bureaucratic feel-good talk!

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