Thanks to the availability of NCSBAC funds, NCSBA was able to create and promote the following video to combat county commissioners’ efforts to take away the voice of local school boards in budget negotiations.
The Senate budget provision (Section 7.48, pg. 56) removes the school board’s ability to take county commissioners to court if capital funding is not resolved in mediation. While the court process has been used infrequently, it removes the pressure and incentive for county commissioners to work with school boards at every stage of the process to address school capital needs. This makes school capital completely at the whim of county commissioners, regardless of health or safety risks to the students that you serve. While you may not see an immediate looming issue for your district, over time this could create a severe school building deficit in your school district due to the age, condition, or capacity of your schools.
We are promoting the video on Facebook and Twitter, where it can be shared and retweeted.
Please share this video with your contacts and encourage them to reach out to your legislators about this pressing issue.