California blows $100 million building one new school, but doesn’t have enough money to open it

by editor on June 23, 2011

We don’t know what it’s like in the other 56 states, but in California we have an interesting situation in which morons are in charge of the education system.

In Riverside, California (the Editor’s hometown) the voters approved construction of a new high school back in 2007. The total cost of its construction eventually reached an astounding $100 million.

One. Hundred. Million. Dollars. For that kind of money the school mascot should be George Soros.

hillcrest high school

The architect's rendering of HIllcrest High School was very accurate. Except for its inclusion of students.

Construction is now complete, but the district can’t afford to open it because it would cost another $3 million to operate it each year and the district is tapped out. So neighboring schools will remain overcrowded while the new Hillcrest High School gathers dust and cobwebs.

Yahoo News reports the idiocy:

Wendell Tucker of the Alvord Unified School District said the district’s $130 million operating budget had been cut by $25 million.

“When the California budget goes down and income in the state goes down, funding to K-through-12 education goes with it,” Tucker told USA Today. “We made a number of budget adjustments. Right now, we simply are out of adjustments, and it’s not feasible … to open this school.”

And it’s not clear that things will be any different in 2012. “We’ll look at it on a year by year basis,” Tucker added.

But wait. We know this is hard to believe, but it gets worse.

… even though the school won’t be in use, the district will still have to spend $1 million to maintain the buildings and run air conditioning and other systems, to keep them from deteriorating.

May we be so bold as to suggest that if the school ever opens it might be a good idea to make economics a required class.

H/T: Kimmy Queen

Source: Yahoo News

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30 Comments on "California blows $100 million building one new school, but doesn’t have enough money to open it"

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KimmyQueen
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I am watching “The Lottery” It is an AMAZING documentary. The b*tch lesbiany lady who called the charter lady a liar and arrogant is just the TYPICAL b*tchy ugly on the inside and outside lesbiany democrat liberal progressive that exist. I recommend this documentary if you haven’t yet seen it. I have no idea what I can personally do, but I find the teacher’s unions to be disgusting.

sa_rose
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Jeez, are the hallways paved with gold? Diamond chips in the locker locks? Why ever was it so expensive to begin with and who was the Moron who decided to build it knowing that it would caost anywhere NEAR this much? Of course, I can’t rally complain. At least California is spending SOMETHING on education. Texas, on the other hand is cutting funding as fast as their greedy little hands can be raised/signing the bills. We are already something like 48th in the 50 states in edication spending, we have drop outs everywhere in the state, but higher numbers in the poorer areas who desperately NEED an education. I guess we are going for a record.

RockingHorseGuy
Member

Yeah, we’re spending amazing amounts on education. It’s results we’re lacking in.

Bruce
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Excellent article referencing 57 states and economics !!!!!EXCELLENT

PsychoDad
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Why that would be an ideal refuge for the poor homeless migrant workers who have just slipped over the border in search of a better life! Perhaps my dear friend Coddy –Mr Farnsworth to you– could be the Supervising Director.

LA Sunset
Member

This is one reason why I will never move back to California. I love the state. It has mountains, deserts, beaches, and farmland. There is something for everyone and no other state in the nation like it. But the idiots are in control in Sacramento and as long as they are, the quality of life will continue to decline for those who work their asses off to live there.

What will happen when most of the wealth creators jump ship and leave? Who will foot the bill for this kind of BS and tons of illegals who come to suck the government teats?

RockingHorseGuy
Member

I think there’s something wrong with the water in Sacramento. It seems everyone who goes there turns into an idiot. But, if anyone ever DOES have to visit, for whatever reason, don’t miss this burger joint. It’s fantastic.

http://www.thesqueezeinn.com/

Not so silent
Member

Kalifornia is broke, and this is just one example of why…Cities all over spent money as fast as they could to build schools they now are closing because they can’t afford to pay the teachers, who buy the way are constantly in Sacramento protesting about the schools not getting enough money…And some cities have a drop out rate of 50 percent, mainly because the students are bored with classes that teach them nothing. You look at the majority of students who do Graduate, most of them can’t get into college because they can not read or write. Why can they not read or write, because they are too busy learning crap that makes no sense. The teachers of course say only more money will solve the problems…Kalifornia spends the majority of its budget on education..Its like a black hole in space, and its finally starting to collapse on itself. The Californai Teachers Association is right under the SEIU in terms of membership and power, and both are constantly at the capital steps saying “gimme”…Its gotten to the point where we can only afford two things, education and prisons…both are sucking up cash faster than Obama’s stimulis spent it.

scr_north
Member

Does California use the school voucher system? If so, turn the school over to a private concern. Allow them to screen and pick the students (not necessarily for marks but for desire). No teacher union but individual contracts paying a generous base and a bonus for performance. Also create a contract with the students (or Parents/Guardians) that outlines what the student needs to do to stay in the school and the circumstances where they will be expelled (excessive absenteeism, drug or weapon possesion, failure to maintain minimum grade standards etc). The school would have responsibilities as well such as providing a safe, clean environment for the students, remedial help for students in academic trouble, accurate progress reports for the parents etc.
I know this is a pipe dream but I’ll bet that if this were to come about the lineup by parents (and kids) to get into this place would be massive. Of course, that’s probably why it wouldn’t happen.

Buck O'Fama
Guest

California is about at the point where falling into the ocean would be an improvement.

Pittsburgh Z
Guest

We need to INVEST in education. Come on people! Say it with me…INVEST in education. It’s for the children!

KimmyQueen
Guest

Insanity… clear and complete insanity. Insanity on all levels. I cannot even understand why more people in California are not pissed. What does it take for people to get some knowledge and do something about their freaking state? Why not just demolish the darn thing? or better yet sell it to a private company perhaps it could become a charter school, or a private school or even perhaps a state college/university. What is wrong with these people? Why are they so insane?

whiskeyriver
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It isn’t just a California problem KQ, all states have the same problem. In New Mexico all schools are funded by the state based on how many students attend that school. All schools in the rural parts of the state, like in the little town I live in, do not have enough students to qualify for more funding so the local school boards have to beg the state
for “supplemental” funding to keep the doors open. And this silliness goes on year after year.

The kicker is, in New Mexico anyway, a percentage of all local property taxes must be spent on education but it cannot be used for books or teachers salaries, by state law it must be used for building maintainence or new construction. The money cannot be saved for a rainy day, again by state law, it has to be spent even if it makes no sense to spend it.

If you ever decide to get out of the city, head over to eastern New Mexico and check out all the little towns with gyms and football fields that any college team would be proud to play in or on. School district superindents making over $90,000 per year, running a school system with less than 300 students. I can even show you several schools that have less than 200 kids, K through 12, each with their very own superintendent making $90 grand per year or more.

Money for education is not the problem, it never has been. How and where our money is being spent is the problem, and it always has been. Too many people in “administration” and not enough teachers in the classroom. Three year old, Pre K, kindergarten programs, all a waste of education money. Schools were never meant to be taxpayer funded daycare centers but that is what schools have become. None of these daycare programs were around when I started school, in the first grade, and I learned reading, writing and learned that two plus two equals four.

I learned how to think for myself because I had to read a history or geography book then write a report on what I had read. I had to take a civics class where I learned how our government works and why our economy, if gooberment would get out of the way, made us the richest, most generous, powerfull society ever known to man. Then I look at the kids in school today, many of whom I deal with every day at the store, and they do not know how much change I should give them.

They have no idea of how much change they should get back when paying for a $2.89 purchase with a $5.00 bill. They cannot read nor do they know anything about our history. Geography or civics is out of the question. Most of the high school graduates I know today cannot find North Dakota on a map nor do they understand how our government works.

The “dumbing down” of America has worked very well. We keep paying more and more and our children get less and less. And until these so-called “parents” we see today get the message we will continue to see public education go down the toilet, one flush at a time.

RockingHorseGuy
Member

Talk about dumbing down. My niece, the one who believed her friends when they told her that “pulling out” was an effective form of birth control, was complaining that all the restaurants in Lebanon, PA sucked. I was telling her about some of the wonderful restaurants we have here in San Diego, and I mentioned a new one that just opened a few blocks from me. It’s a Turkish restaurant. Great food, great service, good prices. She asked me what Turkish meant. Shocked, I told her that it means it is from the country of Turkey. She laughed at me, thinking I was joking. Nobody would name their country Turkey, that’s silly.

She graduated High School last year, and just completed her first year of college, working towards her teaching credentials. Now somebody please tell me that the public education system is working.

KimmyQueen
Guest

Are you serious? This is horrible. Again not sending my kids to public school. She needs a mentor. She cannot be a teacher no way.

RockingHorseGuy
Member

Of course she can be a teacher. She’s being indoctrinated into liberal beliefs every day at school, just like she’s supposed to be. She MAY be disqualified if she ever starts to listen to me, though.

KimmyQueen
Guest

That is why I am glad that I had my primary education elsewhere and I will not allow my children (if I have them) to go to a US public school.

thatguy
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Remember they are government schools, not public schools.

RockingHorseGuy
Member

That’s true, thatguy. And we should endeavor to call them that whenever referring to them.

Joe Redfield
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Turn it into a prison for Progressive economists and politicians who believe them.

DJ
Guest

“Turn it into a prison for Progressive economists and politicians who believe them.”

With one caveat: Make their three squares a crap sandwich.

RockingHorseGuy
Member

Which reminds me. Has Sheriff Joe been advised of the advances in crap sandwiches? I’m thinking the entire criminal community might leave his county if he started serving up that kind of shi,…..er, crap.

deepthinker
Member

Only in the land of fruits and flakes would they build a state of the art school and cant open it. It’s no wonder the state is floundering in debt.

Guess they built it and now they cant come.

Administrator
Admin

In California, we have something called the “prevailing wage” law. That means that on public works projects, only contractors who pay employees the prevailing wage can bid. How do they determine the prevailing wage? It’s what a union worker makes. So, union workers stay employed and all projects cost millions more. There is no such thing as a true lowest bidder concept.

http://www.dir.ca.gov/DLSR/PWD/

whiskeyriver
Guest

“The Davis–Bacon Act of 1931 is a United States federal law which established the requirement for paying prevailing wages on public works projects. All federal government construction contracts, and most contracts for federally assisted construction over $2,000, must include provisions for paying workers on-site no less than the locally prevailing wages and benefits paid on similar projects.

The act is named after its sponsors, James J. Davis, a Senator from Pennsylvania and a former Secretary of Labor under three presidents, and Representative Robert L. Bacon of Long Island, New York. The Davis-Bacon act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Herbert Hoover on March 3, 1931.”

Hoover, Davis and Bacon were all Republicans who, ignorant of how a free enterprise economic system works, were trying to jump start America’s economy by forcing employers to pay higher wages, for un-needed government projects, which did no good in the long run. The Great Depression raged on until we got involved in WWII.

Is all this starting to sound familiar? Government intrusion into private business which in turn leads to fewer jobs in the private sector? The private sector, which pays the taxes, that pay for gooberment projects like new schools, which always cost far more than they should. All because of the idiocy of politicians long dead and the idiocy of our current crop of fools who refuse to get rid of the, proven time and again, outdated Davis-Bacon Act.

DJ
Guest

“…There is no such thing as a true lowest bidder concept.”

Au contraire!

It’s alive and well up north in Seattle. Although not a construction project, the lowest bid was accepted for an old school building…millions below the top bid while the school district was putting forth a tax levy.

Check out the highlights from this disgusting con job foisted upon the unsuspecting taxpayers…

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015242396_mlk06m.html

BMF
Member

This is a dog bites man story for California.

If you want something that will make your hair fall out and your toes curl up backward, just do some research on CALTRAN and its high speed rail fiasco. There, Californians are talking about billions in annual losses for decades to come. Of course, California is already billions in debt and so it made perfect sense for them to begin construction on a high speed rail system that will never be high speed and probably will never be completed because the EPA studies/approval will take about 20 years to complete.

In case you think this only affects Californian’s, think again. The federal government is giving them billions for their silliness as well.

Only from the home of the Keystone Kops.

Riversidian
Guest

Wendel Tucker is a Rat F. He lost a million bucks 2 years back. He is a shame to the district and thank god he is retiring. Too bad there are a bunch of stupid old people in line for his job. Get rid of them all from the teachers who get wretched scores, the pompus district people, and the kids whose parents dont give an F about anything especaily their kids grades. Welcome to the end of america due to all the above factors. Viva mexico and 3rd world nation status!!!

DJ
Guest

“…He is a shame to the district and thank god he is retiring…”

Sadly for the rest of us (read taxpayers) isn’t that always how it ends?
It doesn’t matter where the disaster occurs, it’s the same shit, different locale.

Friggin’ liberal moron(s) lay waste to the landscape via a scorched earth policy and THEN the mofo’s retire on a…BIG. FAT. PENSION.

Homersdad
Member

“When the California budget goes down and income in the state goes down, funding to K-through-12 education goes with it,” Oh yeah, kill K-12 but by all means maintain the funding so illegal aliens can get in-state tuition rates for college.

So I guess my job in the school 5 star restaurant as a sous chef has been put on hold?

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