This budget meeting isn’t like a regular budget meeting. It’s a cool budget meeting. Photo: Bethany Erickson
I’m going to make a confession: I’ve been to more school finance and budget meetings in my career than I can count. And they’re boring. I mean, stronger-than-Ambien, potentially effective as a torture device boring. And I am one of those weird people that like budgets and reading budgets. If I was going to color code a budget meeting, however, in my calendar, it would be greige – that weird midway between gray and beige that isn’t exactly soothing but isn’t offensive either.
Have I given you enough hyperbole yet?
Suffice it to say, I wasn’t exactly expecting what I got when I went to Cigarroa Elementary to attend one of Dallas Independent School District’s public budget meetings designed to explain where the district’s money is allocated, and how hard it is to make those choices. I was expecting a Power Point and awkward silences, like normal.
Instead, I find myself writing about the phenomenal meeting the finance folks at Dallas ISD ran. It was quite possibly the most fun public meeting I’ve been to that didn’t include booze. “How,” you may ask, “did they do this?” (more…)