There could be more than one reason for the lack of community participation, said Vivian Hamilton, Tulare Joint Union High School District business manager.
"Most people are not numbers people, so they may feel a little intimidated by the budget," Hamilton
Their voices can make a difference, Hamilton
A little more than 6 percent of the high school district's budget is spent on text books, for example.More than 7 percent of the elementary school district's budget is spent on textbooks.
A parent or concerned resident could look at the budget, decide not enough money is allocated for textbooks and present an opinion to the board.
The board will consider their input.Presenting sound rationale could move the board to ask for adjustments in the budget, Hamilton
Those interested in the high school district budget can make an appointment with Hamilton
, or ask for a personal copy of the budget.
If parents are skeptical about how the money is being spent, they are encouraged to take a look at the budget, Hamilton
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