Disciplined budget warrior Marc Sosne earns praise and respect in York.
In the Upstate, and across South Carolina, the budget crisis is hitting home.
State lawmakers are meeting in Columbia with the difficult task of determining where to make cuts.
One public servant in York County’s Clover School District, has already taken leadership with self-imposed fiscal discipline.
Marc Sosne, superintendent of York School District 2, earns a modest $150,000.00 salary package, only three times the median income for families in his county.
Despite the fact that Superintendent Sosne’s contract ensures that his cell phone, vehicle, home office, and gym membership are paid for, Sosne has worked with single-minded focus to save taxpayers money.
Parents, teachers, and students in Clover will be proud to hear that during a recent district-financed, four day trip to Tampa, Florida, Superintendent Sosne dug deep into his own pocket to reimburse the taxpayers in York County $14.94 for an “in-room movie” on the night of February 13, 2008.
In light of the total trip cost exceeding $1,700.00, this minor personal expense would have been swept under the rug by a lesser man.
In the larger scale of his $11,790.00 annual personal travel spending, (as well as tens of thousands more spent by school board members) this $14.94 film may seem insignificant, but we at The Voice see this initiative and discipline as emblematic of the qualities we long to see in more public servants.
For his forthright integrity, The Voice bestows on Superintendent Sosne the title of “Taxpayer Hero.”
We would offer to throw a dinner for Dr. Sosne in celebration of this fiscal victory, but he beat us to it by letting the good people in his district pay upwards of $900.00 for two dinners with his friends and associates on the school board!