California school district builds brand new high school it doesn’t need and can’t afford

February 6, 2013
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San Diego Union-Tribune:

A number of teachers and parents are asking the Carlsbad Unified School District to delay the planned August opening of Sage Creek High School, arguing that it will strain resources and isn’t needed at this time.

“This new high school is just going to be a ruination of the district,” said Sheila DeKosky, a Carlsbad High teacher who created the website www.delaysagecreek.com last month.

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Moors and board President Elisa Williamson said the district’s plan to open Sage Creek follows through with the commitment it made to build a second school when voters passed the $198 million Proposition P bond initiative in 2006.

But DeKosky — along with several people who have spoken to the board and posted comments on her site and a Facebook page — argue that the new school is unnecessary and too costly to open at this time.

“Most of us are all for a new high school when and if we need it, and when we can afford it,” she said. “But we are certainly not in that situation now.”

They truly don’t need a new high school for capacity. Enrollment is actually declining in this area as young families can’t afford the cost of real estate, high cost of living, or high taxes any more.

This situation arises because Carlsbad, like almost all California school districts, has an unsustainable operating budget because of bloated pension and administration costs. However, the capital budget is quite another story. California’s voters almost never reject bond issuance “for the children,” no matter how obscene the amount or absurd the intended use. But these bonds can only legally be used for construction, not to help with the operating budget. So you get what we had here in Carlsbad: ridiculous, unnecessary, unaffordable construction, and no operating budget to run the place.

13 Responses to California school district builds brand new high school it doesn’t need and can’t afford

  1. Matt Schmidt on February 7, 2013 at 6:03 am

    “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) lowered spending projections for Medicare on Tuesday, noting that the program’s bills have been “significantly lower” than predicted for three years straight. The non-partisan budget office revised down its 10-year spending projection for Medicare by $137 billion, or two percent, in its latest long-term economic forecast.”

    • RedStateGal on February 7, 2013 at 7:52 am

      I guess they’ll use the FEMA camps they’ve been secretly building to ‘decrease the surplus population’. Quote courtesy of Scrooge, of course.

      • Matt Schmidt on February 7, 2013 at 8:01 am

        And they’ll be transported to the secret FEMA camps in black helicopters. BTW only poor people have to worry about being labelled “surplus.” The rest can buy supplemental insurance or just pay cash.

        • Liberals R Idiots and Liars on February 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

          Actually, only ILLEGAL foreign trespassers should be considered ‘surplus’.
          …That is, until rinos and YOU leftist traitors decided that it would be better to bankrupt the economy, shred the U.S. Constitution and destroy the overall well-being of the nation – just so that you fraudulent assholes could gain more political power.

          Corrupt and/or willfully blind fools like YOU are nothing but a ‘surplus’ of communist idiocy. Too bad your stupid plans are going to backfire on you government leeches far more than they will harm well-prepared Conservative patriots.

          Then again, short-sighted leftist idiots like you were never very bright.

          • The Ace on February 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

            You go, cupcake.

            Work it out. Rant.

            Spew that bile all over your computer screen.

          • Liberals R Liars on February 8, 2013 at 10:53 am

            You go, cupcake. Work it out. Rant.
            Spew that bile all over your computer screen.

            Idiot trolls have no substance and no replies.
            They just attack like the mindless zombies they are.

            Idiots.

          • The Ace on February 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm

            You go, cupcake.

            Work it out, rant, then go back to sleep.

    • Michael Bergsma on February 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

      If correct, this is a good thing but it is not anywhere near enough to cover the unfunded liabilities.

  2. allie on February 8, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Aw, but I thought life is always so sweet in liberal land. I thought the increase in taxes for the rich that passed in the Nov. election was supposed to take care of all the money problems in California. You mean, this is not true. I am shocked, shocked I tell you.

  3. Setnaffa on February 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Every election matters…

  4. M.Webster on March 20, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    test

  5. M.Webster on March 20, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    test #2

  6. Mike Webster on March 20, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    test #3

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