Schools may put budget online

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By Don Pace

The West Las Vegas school district may be putting its budget online — something few government entities do.

At a school board meeting last week, Superintendent Jim Abreu said the board had requested the district’s budget be posted on its website. He asked Naomi Vicenti, a former West business manager who is temporarily helping with the district’s finances, for input because of her experience.

“It is a public document. The only thing you would have to determine is if you want to post it (budget) by school site or as an overall document. It just depends on how you want other people to see it,” Vicenti said.

Board member David Romero said he got the idea of posting the budget online from looking at the Luna Community College’s website.

“If we are going to be more open and transparent, we need to put our budget online, so that it is accessible to everybody. It is important for parents and citizens to see how much money we have, and how we are spending it. I know it’s a public document, and I know we cannot include names, but I would like to put as much information in there as we can include,” Romero said.   

Nothing in state law would prohibit the district from publishing online the names of employees and their salaries, but board members have said previously they want to protect employees’ privacy. Such information is already available to the public at the district’s offices.

On another matter, the board voted unanimously, and without comment, to approve recording future board meetings.

Previously, board members Gary Gold and Christine Ludi objected to having meetings recorded, saying their statements could be taken out of context.