District 5 Supervisor John McKay gave an
interview campaign ad to WXXV-TV yesterday. He lists as one of the few responsibilities of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors is to “receive a budget.”
Pay close attention to the wording used. “Receive a budget” is but one part of the responsibility. MS CODE 41-13-47 actually states emphasis added:
Such [proposed] budget, as submitted or amended, shall be approved by the said owner […] which approval shall be evidenced by a proper order recorded upon the minutes of each such owner.
McKay doesn’t mention the fact that the JCBOS had the additional responsibility to approve or deny the budget. That would point JCBOS’ failure to approve, and SRHS’ failure to secure such approval for a budget for several years.
Is SRHS currently operating without a budget approved by the Board of Supervisors? If so, how long has this been the case? What are the consequences of SRHS operating without an approved budget? What remedies do the JCBOS or the state have to enforce compliance with the law?
If, as McKay says, SRHS didn’t know the law and the JCBOS didn’t know the law, why do they continue to rely upon the same attorneys? Paula Yancey is still representing the BOS; nepotism has seen Brett Williams take over for his recently retired father at SRHS. Do they trust these attorneys to keep them in compliance with straightforward state statutes?