How can a school district spend money for security cameras if its budget is low?
"Safety is the No. 1 priority of the Lawrence public schools," said Julie Boyle, the district's director of communications. "We have determined that security cameras are needed as additional safety measures in some of our school buildings. The district purchases security cameras and other equipment from its capital outlay fund, not from the general operating fund that supports teacher salaries and instructional materials. The general operating fund, by statute, has budgetary limitations, which are affecting the district's ability to fund programs.
"State law prohibits transfers from capital outlay to the general fund and use of capital outlay dollars for general fund expenditures."