The news from the Summit Board of Education that it again might have to draw from its cap bank is a disappointment. The availability of a cap balance does not compel its withdrawal. The overrun of the 2% budget cap by the Board of Education began last year with full-day kindergarten. This program was questionable and has caused an additional recurring expense. Full day kindergarten and other budget items will soon appear on your property tax bill, and property taxes in Summit are already excessive.
Board President Deb McCann was the lone vote last year against full day kindergarten on budget grounds. She continues to be the Board's fiscal sentinel. Summit residents need to support President McCann by attending the Board meeting on February 13, 2020 and the special budget meeting on March 5, 2020. Make it clear to the Summit Board of Education that budget caps are not mere suggestions. They are there for a reason.
Jim Bennett, Summit