Galen Livermore, who recently announced his candidacy for a seat on the Madera Unified School Board, has blasted the school district’s administration with accusations of subterfuge in the preparation of its budget for the 2012-2013 school year.
In a public statement written for the school board, Livermore alleges that Kelly Porterfield, MUSD’s associate superintendent for business and operations, presented school trustees with a budget update that was meant to frighten the district’s employees.
At issue is Porterfield’s presentation to the board on Feb. 14, in which he projected the need for $7 million in cuts in next year’s budget if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax increases fail at the polls.
In an effort to illustrate what a $7 million cut next year would mean to MUSD in terms of programs and people, Porterfield offered three scenarios at the Feb. 14 meeting, all of which raised the ire of the would-be trustee...