Capo, Saddleback on List of School Districts Facing Financial Peril

Of the state's 1,000-plus school districts, 188 have this dubious distinction.

Thirteen Orange County school districts face almost certain financial jeopardy, including and school districts, according to the state superintendent of public instruction.

There are 28 school districts in Orange County, not counting community college districts. No other school districts that serve Orange County Patch readership areas appear on the danger list.

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson released Monday the list of districts across the state that may not have the funds to get through this year or the next two years based on multiyear projections.

There are 188 school districts that fall under this category, and they are responsible for the education of 2.6 million children, according to Torlakson. There are more than 1,000 school districts across the state.

“This is the kind of record no one wants to set. Across California, parents, teachers and administrators are increasingly wondering how to keep their schools’ lights on, their bills paid, and their doors open,” Torlakson said in a press release. “The deep cuts this budget crisis has forced—and the uncertainties about what lies ahead—are taking an unprecedented and unacceptable toll on our schools.”

The figures out of Sacramento are based on school districts’ second financial report for the year, . In Capistrano Unified’s case, a third report, no rosier than December’s will be heard at Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Capo will have to cut from the 2012-13 budget .

Saddleback Valley is facing $900,000 in cuts for 2012-13 but . 

The state’s new list is a compilation of the certifications by school districts that were due April 16 and cover the financial and budgetary status of the districts for the period ending Jan. 31, 2012. The certifications reflect whether the LEAs are able to meet their financial obligations for the remainder of the current fiscal year and subsequent two fiscal years based on projections at that point in time.

A dozen school districts’ situation is so dire, they’ve had to file their interim financial reports with a negative certification, meaning they declared with certainty they will not be able to meet their financial obligations.

No Orange County district has filed a negative financial report. The closest school district in that bad of shape is Inglewood Unified in Los Angeles County.

Penny Arévalo May 24, 2012 at 07:15 AM
I really don't cover pensions much. Patch has had stories about them, and when they come up under regular CUSD business, I'll discuss them. But I don't cover CalSTRS or CalPers or any of that. I cover the day-to-day business of educating our children in South Orange County. There's a lot admittedly I don't get to. I also cover an entire city.
Penny Arévalo May 24, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I cover the City Council, the Board of Trustees, schools, law enforcement, business, features, charities and even sports!
Andy O'Connor May 25, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Not to mention to mention teachers who took Friday May 25th off, to make it a 4 day weekend!! they get a 3 day weekend, but of course they will take Friday off as one of their "10 days allowed" do the Math, for each teacher who takes off Friday the 25th, ths district pays $100 for a sub, multiply 100 teachers x's $100= $10K right there, and this happens often on Friday's. I wish someone would do an audit, and you would see Friday's as the most day's taken off by teachers!!
Pam Sunderman May 25, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I will do my best to answer any questions you have about pensions south county...
MayMom June 02, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I know how very fortunate I am to be able to be at my kids school. I also know that others don't have that ability because they have to work. There are other ways they can take a role in their kids school. We have family events where we ask for volunteers. These events take place after work hours for most. We still can't get people to volunteer. My problem is with the parents who DON'T work and still can't find the time to step foot in the school. It's not rocket science what we are asking them to do. Check out a library book, make some copies, grade a few papers, check in homework. They just don't want to do it. I know this because I see many of the parents at my own school doing this. Some of these can't even get to school to pick up their kids on time. I am seeing more of a disconnect with the importance of education with these parents.


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