Distrust of Board


Q:  Why should we give money to a board that has not shown fiscal responsibility?  Didn't they create this mess?
A:  First, every board member has been newly seated in the last four years.  One member, Norm Saude,  has been on the board before, but was absent for several years before returning as a newly-elected member.  None of the sitting board was on the board when the initial decisions were made regarding construction or financing of the Foothill campus.  This board, since 2008, has cut 29% of the district's annual operating budget to adjust to funding shortages from the state.  We have every indication that they will continue to do what is necessary to maintain the required reserves and continue the mission.  They have already cut their own benefits to a small, monthly stipend of $240. 

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