New Hanover co. commissioners en route to control money spent in school systems

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Commissioners are discussing a resolution that would require the school board to request permission to move any money between accounts. The New Hanover County school board says this proposal would hurt its accountability to effectively help its students.

The Act to Modify the School Budget and Fiscal Control Act is something the school baord says would only further complicate an already complex process. Currect rules allow commissioners to pick and choose which projects to fund.

If approbed, the county could make requirements for how the schools can spend money. Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield says he just wants to make sure money is not wasted in the school system.

"Last year's budget gave roughly $86 million to our local school board and our concern moving forward is that we are all fiscally responsible," says Barfield. "We just want to make sure the government is as transparent as possible and that we are accountable for our citizens' dollars. When I look at our school board in general, I do see areas of waste."

No action was made on the act during the county commission meeting. County Commissioners and the entire school board will have a joint breakfast meeting to work out their differences. No date has been set for that meeting.

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When the school system thinks loosing a 1/2 millon in equipment and supplies is OK and not alot compaired to the total budget, then someone needs to watch out for taxpayers money. It,s apparent there is not much oversight from within.