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August 12, 2022

Sac City Unified School Board Admits to Hiding an Astounding $101.3 Million in “Books and Supplies” Budget

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On October 1, 2020

Sacramento, CA. (ECWd) –

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Thursday, October 1, 2020  

Sac City Unified School Board Admits to Hiding an Astounding $101.3 Million in “Books and Supplies” Budget

  • SCUSD’s “Books and Supplies” budget increased from $11.1 million actually spent in 2019-20, to a budgeted $101.3 million for the 2020-21 school year
  • District administrators concede, “The Books and Supplies category is used  . . . when funding is known but exact expenditures plans are not.”
  • Significantly, the improved SCUSD budget meets standard for “qualified” certification, an upgrade from its current “negative” certification

SACRAMENTO — The Chief Business Officer of the Sacramento City Unified School District, Rose Ramos, will present to the district’s board of education today a budget for the 2020-2021 school year that contains a nearly 10-fold increase in its budget for books and supplies, an increase from $11.5 million to a projected $101.3 million.  The Sacramento City Unified School Board is expected to approve the school district’s revised $642 million budget, including this inflated books and supplies expense, later today at its regularly scheduled meeting.

District administrators concede the millions in this category will not actually be spent as indicated.  According to the budget document, “The Books and Supplies category is used to balance restricted budgets when funding is known but exact expenditures plans are not.  Once decisions are made as to the type of expenditures, the budget will be moved to the appropriate line item.”

Not disclosed is who will make “decisions  . . . as to the type of expenditures” after the board approves the budget.

“Despite long-standing concerns that our community has had about the fiscal mismanagement in SCUSD, top administrators and the school board continue to appear to manipulate the SCUSD budget,” said David Fisher, the president of the Sacramento City Teachers Association. “Parents, students and staff have a right to know exactly where the school board plans to spend taxpayer dollars.  Approving over $100 million in spending for one category with the knowledge that millions will be spent somewhere else, or not at all, is unconscionable and fiscally irresponsible.  It’s as if SCUSD is intentionally trying to make its finances look bad. And, this is not the first time they have deceived the public.”  In the previous eight budgets, the district’s financial projections have been proven to be wildly inaccurate, falsely painting a picture of SCUSD on the brink of fiscal insolvency.

The revised SCUSD budget for 2020-2021 meets the standard for the district to improve its budget certification from “negative” to “qualified” with the State of California.  However, district administrators have not indicated if they are revising upward the SCUSD budget certification designation to properly reflect the fiscal condition of the district.

More details on how the SCUSD School Board is hiding school funds can be found here: https://sacteachers.org/scusd-admits-to-hiding-an-astounding-101-3-million-in-books-and-supplies-budget/

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2 Comments
  • NiteCat
    Posted at 21:06h, 01 October

    Is this anymore scandalous than our own SD’s carrying overly funded “reserve” funds as certified by audits & state recommendations? Or extending bond issues just before expiration by refinancing them instead of retiring them? My HS district just completed a 10 year infrastructure spending spree on our 5 high schools, never once asking the voters to approve any spending referendums. Now it seems our Grade school district is doing some of the same. But our school taxes keep increasing because as the board once told the Mayor. when he asked why when the village was holding pat “we can do it”. Nice work if you can get it.

  • cool buy
    Posted at 12:42h, 04 October

    Hey “illinois leaks” whats with the california stuff?

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