The Jan.21 editorial about state Education Department’s proposed review of the five largest school districts’ budgets to help district administrators and board members allocate state monies more appropriately is interesting.The editorial’s realistic insistence that starting the process this year would be a burden on district staff when they must depend on legislators to pass the budget on time. Another burden on school districts would be to establish a budget proposal to be reviewed by the state and the local voters in accordance with existing voting rights.The necessity to establish new rules and regulations governing state monies seems to be based on several years of state attorney general investigations and state comptroller’s audit findings of various school districts. One attorney general’s investigation discovered food management services provider Compass Group USA, Inc. improperly overcharged 39 New York schools and school districts statewide. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The comptroller office’s audit findings indicate administrative policies and procedures of many school districts allow fraudulent contracts and the misuse of their unrestricted funds.I think it is important to protect education services for children from greedy individuals willing to steal from children and taxpayers. If a more appropriate time frame for reviewing school budgets is established by the state budget, then the voters may get a more transparent budget process to know what to vote on.Maybe increasing school districts’ transparency will enhance expansion of the Farm to School Program to improve nutritious food supplies for students and local agricultural development. Maybe the district school board would consider Cornell Cooperative Extension Services coordinating with science teachers to expand agriculture and environmental justice programs in classrooms.The state Education Department may improve school board procedures and technical assistance to improve transparency of their use of money. This will enable parents and taxpayers to understand how democracy can prevent the misuse of money for children’s education.Michael McGlynnWatervliet More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
Officers of the La Castellana municipalpolice station conducted a manhunt operation against Sincero, who fled afterthe incident./PN The 25-year-old resident Ricky Lumontadsustained stab wounds on the body, a police report showed. Police identified the suspect asresident Jimmy Sincero, 33, it added. Lumontad was rushed to the rural healthunit of the town where the attending physician declared him “dead onarrival.” According to police investigators, Lumontadand Sincero were having a drinking spree at the house of Manny Domingo around7:45 p.m. on April 6. BACOLOD City – A man was stabbed todeath in Barangay Mansalanao, La Castellana, Negros Occidental. When Lumontad went to urinate, thesuspect followed him and stabbed the victim several times using a bladedweapon, police said. But it was not immediately established what circumstance led to the stabbing.