Tom Sutterfield is in the run-off election for School Board District 4. This is NOT about who has the best smile or a personality contest even though Tom has both, but it involves a very serious matter--the education of our kids along with being responsible for several billion dollars. Tom Sutterfield has vast experience involved in budgeting and was on the board of the Learning Excellence Foundation where he enabled an increase in pay for teachers.
This year the PB County School Board budget is as follows:
The FY15 all funds totals $2,315,232,281 comprised of the following:
General Fund $1,654,256,842
Special Revenue ‐ Food Service 107,769,081
Special Revenue ‐ Other 110,476,721
Debt Service 303,926,981
Capital Projects 383,335,627
Less Transfers: (244,532,971)
Total Funds $2,315,232,281
"The School District of Palm Beach County is the twelfth largest school district in the United States, and the largest employer in Palm Beach County with more than than 20,000 employees, which includes nearly 13,000 teachers and more than 7,000 support employees."
He has been endorsed by the Palm Beach Post as the best candidate to fulfill the mission statement. Their mission statement says, The School District of Palm Beach County is committed to providing a world-class education with excellence and equity to empower each student to reach his or her highest potential with the most effective staff to foster the knowledge, skills, and ethics required for responsible citizenship and productive careers.