We still lack Accountability in the Okaloosa School District
Wasted $$, No Accountability.
Just how much have they wasted? From 2014-2018, Okaloosa County Schools spent $7.2 Million more on overhead and bureaucracy (so-called “Administrative expenditures”) than similar-sized school districts that hire professional superintendents.
And even when the School Board has the chance to save taxpayer money, they don’t do it. In 2019, they even renewed a $6.5 million dollar computer services contract, refusing to negotiate or re-bid it to save money.
Politics Before People.
School board members opposed letting citizens decide on more accountability in our school system, but they were happy to support a tax increase on our community.
Even worse, some school board members thought it was more important for politicians to raise their special interest money and run their political campaigns than it was to let voters decide how the school district would be managed.
Other school board members said they didn’t want the extra responsibility of helping to make the school system more accountable!
Weak Leadership in Times of Crisis.
In addition, when the School Board had the chance, they were silent as Jackson was reinstated by the Governor so she could resign and retain her salary and pension.
Now, because of their inaction, the School Board may eventually cost Okaloosa Taxpayers Half a Million dollars in legal fees, back pay, and other costs while Jackson sues the district – the citizens of Okaloosa county.