Some of you have been asking for this information, as I reported it a couple of years ago: A list of OUSD schools and how closely they’re sticking to their budgets.
The closing-of-books presentation on last night’s agenda contains that very list, starting on page 26. I’ll embed it below as well.
NOTE: Some schools received an extra sum of money last fall through the district’s $3 million “balancing pool” — extra money for schools that end up in a fiscal bind, often because of bad enrollment projections or tiny enrollments. (You’ll find a spreadsheet I put together with the money requested and rewarded in 2011-12 here.)
That extra money was rolled into those schools’ working budgets and did not count against them in the over/under column. But, even with the extra help, you’ll see that some of them still overspent.
Elementary schools, combined, spent $917,276 more than they had; middle schools, by $456,130; and high schools by $784,047. That’s more than $2 million.
Schools that went well over their general-purpose budgets, according to the district presentation: Futures Elementary (10.4 percent over budget); Marshall Elementary (now closed) (9.9 percent over, after receiving an extra $80,000 from the balancing pool); Emerson Elementary (8.6 percent); Roots International Middle (9.2 percent); CBIT (15.9 percent) and Leadership Prep (13.2 percent), both at Castlemont; and College Prep and Media Academy at Fremont High (15.1 percent). Media received an extra $75,000 from the balancing pool.
Some schools didn’t spend all the money they had; La Escuelita Elementary came in almost 10 percent under-budget. And some schools, including Thornhill, Hillcrest and Montera, spent little or none of their special-purpose (“restricted”) funding. About 40 schools spent 90 percent or less of that money. Sometimes a grant arrives late into the school year or schools hold onto it for a reason.
Deputy Superintendent Vernon Hal said district administrators planned to meet with leaders from all the schools that overspent by at least 2 or 3 percent to determine what happened.
Board member Gary Yee said he felt it was important to hold schools accountable; as he sees it, they’re otherwise spending other schools’ money.
Do you agree?
Closing of Books – Fiscal Year 2011-2012