Historically, the last weeks of summer have been termed the “silly season”. Lately, I’ve been thinking that some aspects of campaigning for office make this a “silly season”, too.

For example, the issue of “funding” is a common one. Yet, when I hear a candidate for our school board say that the district needs “responsible fiscal management”, I am perplexed.

Perhaps there are those who would spend our funds differently but when it comes to planning, organizing, controlling, and monitoring financial resources, our district’s performance had been nothing short of stellar.

Lake Washington School District has earned the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) every year since the 2017-2018 school year. We are the only district in the state of Washington to receive this distinction. The comments of one reviewer of our budget explained it best: “LWSD has provided sufficient information for the lay-person as well as the detail-oriented expert to understand the budgeting process used by the district and detailed information about the various funds and their uses. The district is to be complimented for its efforts.”

Now that you have heard this, does it strike you that the district is suffering from a lack of “responsible fiscal management”?