D200 Citizen’s Advisory Council (CAC) part 2

For part 1, see d200-citizens-advisory-council-cac

I put in a FOIA for CAC meeting minutes since the last batch we had received.  The CAC met on

  • April 18, 2018
  • September 19, 2018
  • October 17, 2018
  • December 19, 2018
  • January 23, 2019

Remember in August the district canceled their plan to build without taxpayer permission and placed a referendum on the ballot.  The CAC meetings most likely used the Delphi technique to ensure that the desired message would be delivered to the community via the “grass roots” method.  See the September and October minutes.  I’ve highlighted just a few things that stood out to me.  Note: the lawsuit was “dismissed without prejudice” not “withdrawn” there is a technical difference.

In December, after the referendum passed, they move on to financial needs.

On the fourth page of this pdf, I highlighted some lines.

Debt Service Extension Base (DSEB)  is a method the district has used to issue debt without taxpayer approval – see:  raising-future-taxes-quietly.  Reading these comments, I’m left wondering what is the “four year ramp up plan?”

They also note that the makeup of the board changes every two years. They plan to “Move forward with good discipline, thought and planning.”  This leaves me wondering – Is the board really in charge?

Background – Referendums and the law

There are laws covering the school district can and cannot do during a referendum.  At the December 14, 2016 board meeting, the D200 school board was given a presentation about do’s and don’ts regarding the law and the referendum.  District staff and board members, when representing the district, must remain neutral. (starts at 3:03:35) How does this apply to the CAC and the district giving them the inside scoop?

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