GRANGEVILLE — Nearly 40 people filled the Mountain View School District 244 district office meeting room on Monday, June 21 for the annual budget hearing and monthly council meeting.
Before presenting a revised 2020-2021 budget and proposed budget for 2021-2022, Chief Commercial Officer Becky Hogg took the opportunity to respond to recent letters to the editor and paid for ads in local newspapers across the administrator Casey Smith of Clearwater.
Hogg approached Smith, saying he needed to get his facts straight and get his permission before quoting it in print. She let the board and the public know that she had more than 30 years of experience, was familiar with Idaho’s education funding model, and took her job seriously. .
A discussion ensued about the definition of payroll taxes versus benefits, as well as Smith’s accusation that Hogg “sit down” or “misplaced” funds.
Hogg explained through the documentation that the performance award of $397,536 on Oct. 5, 2020 had to be spent by Dec. 20, 2020, and said Smith’s funds were never misplaced — they were simply funds. carried over from the previous year.
“Why is this an attack on me tonight?” Smith asked, saying he quoted what Hogg said in a newspaper article.
“I clarify budget issues,” she said. “It’s not my job to report everything to the newspaper that I’ve already reported to you,” here in this room, Hogg replied.
Smith also said Hogg had said at a previous meeting that the district couldn’t stand the “creeping” overtime.
“We didn’t have a discussion about overtime unless it was an employee during the executive session, and that’s all I’m going to say about it,” Hogg said. .
Smith was reprimanded by board chairwoman Rebecca Warden for speaking out of turn and was told he could speak when Hogg finished his report.
Hogg went through the $12.7 million 2021-22 budget, which included information on salary and benefits, health and life insurance, COVID funds, transportation, dining, rural schools funds secure and more.
Of the entire budget, about 30% is under local control, while the rest is allocated to state and federal. The 136-page report is available at the district office.