Legislators discuss education, transportation funding options - Kearney Courier: News
Neely said cuts could be made to educational administration eliminating bloated salaries at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and at the district level.
“Schools always need money but we need to lighten up on administration jobs. ... How many people do we have at the top administrative level at DESE? Do we really need all of that oversight?” he asked. “We could also look at these districts. Do we need all of the administrators. You see these districts with a head superintendent and then other superintendents for other things and we have to ask if we need all of that.”
Neely said savings on high administrative salaries in all aspects of government operations and the turning over of Division of Family Services to local agencies could open funding for mandated drug court, more oversight of nursing homes and programs to assist mistreated and/or disabled children.
“We need to be focused on efficiency and correctness. We need to rethink the way we do business,” he said.