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I just heard back from Grossmont schools about whether the big news from Tuesday — that redevelopment money could be used for school budgets — was going to impact them. The verdict?
Nope, said Scott Patterson, deputy superintendent of business services for Grossmont Union High School District. Just like San Diego Unified, Grossmont had already planned for this shift in funding because Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger included it in his January budget plan. Schools built their budgets off that plan and will adjust them when new figures come out in May.
“If the courts had gone against the governor” on moving the money, Patterson said, “who knows what would have happened.” Grossmont — along with San Diego Unified — would have been caught up short.
— EMILY ALPERT