Dr. Jeff Moss continues to haunt the Beaufort County taxpayers. His gargantuan building plan led to incredible amounts of debt, voted over the objection of conservative county commissioners back in 2004 and 2005. This has led to a glut of facility space that Beaufort County simply cannot afford to maintain. The schools there are 27.8% over-capacity of what ADM justifies. See the link below for the full story.
One can only wonder if a similar fate awaits Lee County schools. Fortunately, it seems our commissioners are a little more vigilant here and alert to Moss’ tricks. They and the county manager scrutinized Moss and the BOE’s attempt last year to seek approval in the capital budget for $10M in elementary school expansions in FY 12-13, $5M for West and East Lee upgrades in 11-12 and 12-13, and a whopping $15.7M for building a new elementary school in FY 15-16. None of these items were justified by ADM or other rationale. All of these items DEFERRED to FY 13-14 or beyond by commissioners. The unneeded new elementary school was pushed into the out years beyond FY 15-16.
Just thought you should know some of our elected and appointed leaders in Lee County continue to watch out for our taxpayers. To be sure, our beloved superintendent requires close monitoring and, so far, it seems he’s being kept in check. Let us hope that trend continues into this budget year. The recent Evergreen financial review of our school system revealed a number of areas in which savings can be realized. Maybe we will see some of those savings this next fiscal year.