Monday Evening Opportunity: Ask a Question About Your Investment
Monday, June 29th at 6:00 p.m. Quitman School District’s business manager, Lotis Johnson, will stand at a table in the boardroom of the district’s central office. A camera will be positioned on her as she chairs a public hearing regarding the district’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2021. A live stream of the hearing will be broadcast on the district’s YouTube channel. Through the YouTube platform, anyone can watch, listen and ask a budget question of Mrs. Johnson while the meeting is being streamed onto their phones, laptops and smart TVs.
QSD PC Technician Antwan Boykin explains how anyone with a YouTube account can ask a question during a live feed. See his “how to” video HERE.
Mrs. Johnson wants to ensure you understand that she doesn’t know yet what the shortfall from the State of Mississippi will be, she just knows it is coming. Costs will not be the same this year. She explains, “The budget will include an increase in spending for expected COVID-19 expenditures. It is important for the taxpayers to understand that the state funding we receive does not cover all teacher and teacher assistant salaries and benefits and instructional materials. State funds do not support 100% of what goes on in the classroom. Therefore we need ad valorem monies to cover instructional costs as well. We eliminated a few positions for the 2020-2021 school year and up to a cut 3% off of non-personnel spending – supplies, equipment, consulting. Monday I want as many people as possible, who are seeking an understanding of how their tax dollars help educate the students of Quitman School District, to watch the meeting. The proposed ad valorem tax amount printed in the newspaper ad is not a final number. It is a high end estimate. The board of supervisors will receive a school board approved resolution in August with the amount we will officially request for the 2020-2021 school year.”
For those taxpayers hoping to understand more about what Mrs. Johnson is proposing, a click HERE will show you June’s school board meeting where she addressed the school board about the same topic.
For those same people with questions, Monday, June 29th is a great day and 6:00 p.m. is a great time to type a question on the district’s YouTube page. If you’d rather have a question more private than public, you can reach the Quitman School District business manager by email at firstname.lastname@example.org