GARY, Ind. (Within INdiana Business) – The Gary Community School Corporation held a referendum on the vote on November 3rd. In preparation, the Gary Community School Board has set up a Referendum Spending Oversight Committee. The Gary Residents Volunteer Group would track spending and collecting during the referendum when it is over on election day.
The committee would consist only of Gary’s local business residents, elected officials, working groups, and others, and would report to the public on how funds are raised and spent.
“The referendum is designed to make the necessary investments to support Gary school children and this oversight committee would have the power to ensure that,” said Paige McNulty, GCSC manager. “We know what asking Gary residents to keep investing in their schools, and we take it very seriously. We will always keep full accounts of all funds. ”
The school society says the committee would report within 30 days of each meeting that would include a dashboard and a financial report on the earnings collected for teacher salaries, arts, athletics, extracurricular activities, and student safety. The committee would also publish all reports online for public access.
“If we are to do this, we have to get it right, and a committee of residents to track spending is the right way to do it,” said former Senator Earline Rogers. “I think now is the time to invest in our schools and end government control and I will be thrilled to vote yes to the referendum.”
The company says if the referendum is passed it will mark the first increase for teachers in 12 years. They say students would also get more opportunities, such as middle school sports programs and new band uniforms, and that they would ensure students’ access to counselors and therapists.
Gary residents interested in serving on the committee can find the required form on the company’s website.