VIDEO: Brandywine Referendum Accountability Committee meets

The panel tasked with oversight of Brandywine School District's referendum dollars begins its work.

WDEL's Jim Hilgen reports.

Most of the 15-member Referendum Accountability Committee was on hand for the initial meeting.

The panel will monitor the district's utilization of the $7-$8 million additional dollars raised through last spring's referendum.

Marty Tracy says the panel's focus will be initiatives supported by the referendum dollars.

"They're the five initiatives that we'll really zero in on. We'll do that through budgetary and also having people come in and present to our committee to make sure that we are online," says Tracy.

Tracy says the panel will be there to hold the district's feet to the fire regarding these initiatives.

District Superintendent Mark Holodick says the money from the referendum will support new programs and help expand others.

"We have both new initiatives that are in the planning phases or in some cases, we have initiatives that are in fact up and running, but may be in the infancy stage," says Holodick.

Panel members requested regular reports from the district on money spent, academic progress and the status of the initiatives.

The additional funds raised through the referendum will begin coming into the district in November.

The committees next public meeting is set for February 7th.

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