There they go again. The Field Board of Education lowered the "pay to play" fees for Field High School athletics at its November meeting.
I take issue with how this lame duck board went about decreasing the fees. This was not on the agenda; it was brought up by one of the exiting board members. She mentioned they had asked the prior administration about the financial impact of decreasing fees, but never received an answer. She asked how they would go about decreasing the fees. The superintendent said he could make a recommendation, which he then proceeded to do. The board voted on the recommendation and it was unanimous.
At no time during the discussion of this topic did any board member ask the treasurer what was the financial impact of their decision. The board had no idea what the financial impact was of their vote. I even went up after the meeting and confirmed with the treasurer that he was not consulted.
As a CPA, I take issue with this board's fiscal irresponsibility. How can a "bare bones" district like Field after failing their sixth levy attempt reduce revenue at the very next board meeting?
The good news is we have a new board starting in January. The bad news is this board has one more meeting and who knows what they have planned for that meeting.
I have been a vocal opponent of past levies and switched to a proponent of this last levy effort. With this kind of fiscal irresponsibility it makes me think maybe the Field district should not be trusted with more taxpayer money.
The challenge of the new board will be to convince voters that they, unlike the old board, can be fiscally responsible. I hope they rise up to that challenge.
Thomas Serle, Brimfield