February 17, 2020

Nearly every San Diego County school district may be spending more than it can afford

All but one of the 42 school districts in San Diego County are expecting to spend more than they take in, either this year or in the next two school years. Most are projecting to do so for all three years.

That’s according to recent letters from the San Diego County Office of Education analyzing the districts’ “first interim” financial reports. In its letters, the county office advised several districts that they should be making budget cuts soon to reduce these deficits.

Three county districts have filed what are called “qualified” certifications in their first interim reports; that means the districts may not meet their financial obligations this year or in the next two years. Those three districts are Dehesa Elementary, San Ysidro Elementary, and Vista Unified. For the second year in a row, Sweetwater Union High School District was the only one in the county to file a “negative” certification.

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