EVSC takes public comments, hears concerns


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Members of the public voiced their concerns to EVSC leaders during the public comment section of the meeting Monday night. 

One of those who voiced their concerns was Charlie Berger. In a passionate statement, Berger said his kids went through the EVSC system and he is greatly concerned with how the board helps finance schools in low income areas. 

Berger said he reached out to the board prior to the meeting to find out how the budget for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years were divided among schools. He said the board wouldn’t tell him. He said the board claimed they were unable to combine the data and therefore the documents did not exist. Berger urged the board to go beyond just keeping the status quo.

“What I did learn when I started looking at accountability and openness, was every underserved school community in this community is an underachieving school,” said Berger.

After the meeting, Eyewitness News asked EVSC’s Jason Woebkenberg for his reaction to Berger’s statements; he declined to comment.

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(This story was originally published on September 23, 2019)

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