Brentsville District Board member Gil Trenum announced at the Sept. 19 School Board meeting that along with Gainesville District Board member Alyson Satterwhite, they will convene an independent committee to examine options for next year’s school budget.
“Following in the footsteps of some of our [Board of County] Supervisors, I’m going to be forming a citizen’s budget committee that will help me look at the budget,” Trenum said.
Trenum explained that the purpose of this committee would be to alleviate the burden of examining all the budget items and help generate questions for the 2013-2013 budget process.
“Prince William County is the second largest school division in the state, as such we have a large, complex budget and over the last five years I have gotten many, many questions and concerns from citizens,” Trenum said. “I was thinking of ways to bring a little more transparency into the process.”
He clarified that this committee would be separate from any formal School Division budget committee.
He recognized that the School Division has outstanding professionals who help provide guidance in planning the budget for the school district; however, he feels that the School Board can better demonstrate transparency to the public.
“This is a way of getting a fresh set of eyes on and provide some more transparency,” he said.
Since there are many issues that are shared by the neighboring Brentsville and Gainesville Districts, he said that this committee would be a joint effort with Satterwhite.
“We decided to divide and conquer and run [it] together,” he said.
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