Who Is To Blame for PUSD's Financial Troubles?
Original post made by Thomas Paineful, Downtown, on Apr 26, 2010
The article is here in its entirety
but the main points to remember about Neal Elementary are:
1. PUSD spent $4 million on infrastructure improvements for the school
2. PUSD lost a lawsuit against the developer, Signature and Standard, and owes them $2.5 million (including legal fees).
3. PUSD owes its own attorneys $2 million for the failed lawsuit.
And no, this is not "old news" because it's affecting the financial health of PUSD now. What's worse, I believe that the Neal Elementary School debacle undermined the community's trust in Dr. Casey's leadership, leading to the defeat of Measure G (the parcel tax) last year.
I hope that one of the main criteria the Board uses in selecting a new Superintendent will be prudent financial management. The Casey Administration has been a financial disaster for PUSD in my humble opinion.