Back in October we encouraged Huntington Beach City School District officials to hold town hall meetings to discuss what they might want to do with their surplus properties. To their credit, they did just that and an appraiser told school leaders the four closed school sites are worth about $60 million.
It was the wise thing to do given all of the suspicion in the community. Many believe district officials just want to use the money to build new fancy digs for themselves or to spend money on a new bus barn. It would displace Huntington Christian School and Brethren Christian Junior/Senior High School, another apparently unpopular move in the community. Some are angry enough to say they will promote a recall of school board members if they decide to sell the land.
Unfortunately for school officials they can’t use the millions on new books, classroom supplies, teacher raises or virtually anything related to instruction. They can only spend the money on capital projects.