The San Diego Unified School District still hasn’t responded to questions I submitted for the article that came out today.
However, I haven’t been the only one asking questions. On Friday, school board member Mitz Lee submitted a list of her own, and yesterday, the district’s Chief Administrative Officer Jose Betancourt responded.
In one question, Lee complained the lack of information about the budget provided to the board this year, asking the district staff whether the process would change next year. In particular, she asked whether the district would consider returning to a “duel adoption” process abandoned several years ago. Under such a plan, the board would approve a “preliminary” budget in June, and finalize it in September.
In his response, Betancourt wrote that such a process would likely prove problematic, pointing out that the district’s current accounting software does not allow for a preliminary budget.
“Simply put, going back to the dual adoption methodology creates an unwieldy work environment,” he stated.
In addition, at Lee’s request, Betancourt provided this breakdown of projects funded by one of the districts facilities funds.