To: Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority (BFSA)
c/o Jeannette Mongold-Robie, Executive Director
From: Carl Paladino
Date: February 25, 2014
Re: Buffalo Public Schools
On January 14, 2014, by letter, copy attached, I asked the City of Buffalo Control Board to consider going hard against the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) considering the tragic and irresponsible overspending by the Board of Education (BOE) and the Superintendent in the present fiscal year and the deficit projected for the next fiscal year. I was told that the BFSA did not feel any urgency to act before this next scheduled meeting.
It appears that the Control Board has little interest in exercising its authority to impose itself on the BOE despite the fact that the Control Board and its staff, who collect paychecks to provide oversight and management of tax dollars being spent by the dysfunctional BOE and its Superintendent, is purposely avoiding its responsibility and yielding to the wills of Frank Messiah and George Arthur, two former African American leaders who spent their careers protecting the cycle of poverty to empower themselves and feed at the public trough.
The current fiscal year deficit of the BPS is funded by $35 Million of unrestricted reserves. We are told that the balance of such reserves after the funding is $43 Million. Policy and State law require an unrestricted reserve of 4% of the annual budget which will be approximately $40 Million.
The projected deficit for next school year is $62MIL, including $14 MIL for after school programs. Unrestricted reserves are insufficient to cover any of the deficit. When seeking the approval for last year’s funding of the deficit with reserves, the BPS was required to illustrate budget cuts during the year to erase the budget deficit. That requirement has not been met by the BPS.
The Control Board seeks to look the other way and deny the taxpayer the oversight that it is required to give. The Control Board should resign or be immediately replaced.