The Brookfield School Board discussed several financial issues Tuesday night.  Click to hear KMZU’s Bob Allen talk with Brookfield R-III Superintendent Paul Barger:

Paul Barger

Barger says the district is looking at how to balance future and current costs in its bus fleet.  They are looking at drafting a long-term plan for how to replace aging buses with newer ones that require less maintenance.  One option is a lease-purchase agreement that would allow the district to upgrade several vehicles at one time.  Barger and the director of transportation will present more information to the board next month.

Barger says in trying times like these, transparency and accountability are crucial.  He is putting his district goals, the standards by which he is evaluated by the school board, on the agenda once a quarter in the form of the “Brookfield R-III District Goals – quarterly evaluation”.  He believes that how he directs what goes on in the district should be a matter of public record.

According to Barger an open forum being held next week will focus on changes that may have to be made soon based on cuts in state funding.  DESE predicts a massive shortfall for fiscal year 2013 due to federal stimulus money vanishing to the tune of around $800 million.  The special public hearing will take place Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the district conference room.  Anyone with questions or ideas is welcome to attend the event.