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September 8, 2012

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Sept. 8-9

Greater Clark board member answers recent Jeer

In the Sept. 1-2 Cheers and Jeers in the News and Tribune, Ms. Alice Butler made a point to criticize myself, Ms. Gilkey, Mr. Satterly and Mr. White for voting in favor of conducting a $5,000 independent fiscal analysis of the Greater Clark County Schools budget.

For clarification, Mr. Gilbert also voted in favor of the motion. Ironically, Ms. Butler was not in attendance during the meeting when Superintendent Andrew Melin explained to the board it was his recommendation as well as Dr. Dykiel’s to conduct this analysis independently. Since both of these gentlemen are just beginning in the district, it was important to them to establish a starting point.

Ms. Butler would lead you to believe the board members in favor of this expense were not confident in Dr. Dykiel’s ability to conduct it in house. In reality, this could not be further from the truth. Dr. Dykiel is a highly respected and highly qualified CFO and has written several books on Indiana school finance. We believe Greater Clark now has arguably one of the top talents in the state as we maneuver through difficult times in public education.

At the recommendation of both Dr. Melin and Dr. Dykiel, we approved the independent third-party analysis to baseline where we are from a financial standpoint as these two gentlemen take the helm of leading this school system into the future. The baseline data will assist the board of trustees in evaluating the district and the superintendent as we move forward with the important work of developing the long-term strategic plan.

I’m surprised Ms. Butler would not understand the importance of independent third-party fiscal analysis with a background in finance, since they are common, and in many cases required in the world of business.

The editor did note she is a candidate for the district six school board seat.

— Mark Pavey, Greater Clark County Schools Board of Trustees

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