Letter: School Board trying to take care of pennies but losing dollars

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  • | 9:10 a.m. May 2, 2024
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School Board to blame for budget woes

Dear Editor:

An old saying goes, "Take care of the pennies, and the dollars will take care of themselves"; well, it doesn't always work out that way. While trying to get rid of a gym (at the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club) that they claim loses $80,000 yearly, the School Board was being robbed of $700,000 (in a cyber theft). If anything goes wrong in education, blame it on the School Board; they're in charge.

Our chief financial officer ensures us that this will never happen again; I have a problem with this; it did happen; we lost $700,000, and our chief financial officer didn't get fired; do this in the real world and you get fired, but I guess if you have tenure it ain't no big deal.

The Flagler Schools budget is (approximately $325 million), and someone easily stole $700,000, but Will Furry and his gang shut down the gym, and apparently the voters in Flagler County couldn't care less.

Douglas R Glover

Palm Coast 

Editor's Note: The school district projected an operational loss of $176,758 for the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club for the 2023-24 fiscal year. Their projected operating expense in moving to a student focused facility, discontinuing gym and pool memberships and having no staff on site is $79,000. 


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