LA spends $600 million building two schools, may lay off more than 5000

by editor on February 18, 2011

Where do they find these geniuses? Are they all born and raised in Los Angeles or do they have to bring them in from other districts?

The Daily Breeze has the details:

Faced with an estimated $408 million budget deficit in the coming school year, the Los Angeles school board on Tuesday will consider authorizing layoff-warning notices for more than 5,000 employees, including more than 4,000 teachers.


There's not a lot left over for teachers when you spend $500 million for the Roybal Learning Center

The notices don’t necessarily mean all of the employees will lose their jobs for the 2011-12 school year, but school districts by law must notify workers that their positions are in jeopardy.

“We must plan for the worst because it just might happen,” Deputy Superintendent John Deasy wrote in a memo to the board and Superintendent Ramon Cortines.

We can’t help but wonder how many employees might be able to keep their jobs if the Einsteins in charge of the school district hadn’t spent nearly $600 million building just two schools in recent years.

Yes, you read that correctly. $600 million building just two schools.

One of them was the Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences, which set the district back $75.5 million. But that one pales in comparison to the infamous Belmont High School, which cost nearly $500 million. has that story:

Costs to date for the development are $175 million. The Los Angeles Unified School Board has already approved an additional $110 million for demolition, reconstruction and completion of the on the Belmont campus, which was built on top of one thousand closed oil wells and is plagued with methane gas and other toxic substances. Unbudgeted remediation cost estimates vary from $14 million to $107 million.

Of course, they’ve now changed the name of the Belmont Learning Center to the Roybal Learning Center, so add the cost of new signs to that total.

We can only assume that the district has already laid off all its math teachers. Because it’s easy to see that $600 million for two schools minus 4,000 teachers and 1,000 other employees does not add up.

Source:, Parent

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Leona Salazar February 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Let’s not forget the $578 million Robert F. Kennedy school complex on the site of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles dubbed the “Taj Mahal” of public schools. I write about it in “What He Didn’t Say” at Outrageous!

Paden February 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Liberal factories arn’t cheap. 🙂

Our local school system is playing a game also, because a millage vote failed to pass the school is replacing live teachers with computers.
The students ( my daughter) sits in front of a machine with no one available to explain or answer her questions.
When I called the school I was told this is a result of “budget cuts”.
The reality is, this is revenge, they are trying to change the voters mind and create willing victims for the tax increase they desperately desire.

They can say what they want, but when a principal makes $250K + a year and my kid comes home with a letter explaining she needs $15 for pencils and paper, something is horribly wrong in utopia.

Elrond Hubbard February 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Basically the school system is holding your daughter hostage: “Give us more money or your kid goes to a community college.” Yet it seems the more we spend on children, the less educated they become while the teachers and the bureaucracy gets more pay and more benefits and retires at age 55.

Elrond Hubbard February 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I live in Wisconsin and I’ve come to the conclusion that the more public school teachers get canned the better off our children are.

Big Al February 18, 2011 at 11:53 am
Merit Man February 18, 2011 at 10:42 am

Meanwhile, the LAUSD Labor Complinace Program is allowing union contractors to rip off the workers. The Los Angeles Daily News has the story.

mojo February 18, 2011 at 9:50 am

“…was built on top of one thousand closed oil wells and is plagued with methane gas and other toxic substances.”

Sounds like a wonderful place – for a parking lot. Build the school somewhere else.

RockingHorseGuy February 18, 2011 at 10:33 am

I often find myself plagued with methane gas and other toxic substances. For example, we went out for Mexican food just last night,……………..

OperaNerd1986 February 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

It makes you wonder how nobody noticed all the fumes when the construction site was being inspected…assuming they did inspect it.

RockingHorseGuy February 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Hey, I’ve worked personally with some L.A. County inspectors. They had no idea what was going on. I promise you.

DeanH February 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Also seems like a natural location for a well.

Barb R February 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Hmmmm. Does the coffee taste funny this morning ….?

Sailingbum February 18, 2011 at 9:32 am

Donald Trump has stated, that if elected, one of his first acts would be to abolish the fedril dpartmint of edication.. (I went to pubic skrools)
He’s got my vote….

hisham February 18, 2011 at 10:20 am
Sailingbum February 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Barb R February 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

You’lll never get into kollidge with spelling like that!

J.P. Travis February 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

The annual layoff notices to teachers are simply a union scam. Almost none of the teachers who are “layed off” will actually lose their jobs, but union contracts and union-lobbied legislation in almost every state require that school districts give a layoff notice to any teacher who MIGHT lose their job because of budget shortfalls. It makes for good publicity for the treacher unions, who get to scream bloody murder about the shortage of teachers and how schools need more money.

Oh, by the way, in most states the “layed off” teachers who won’t really lose their jobs get to collect unemployment all summer because of the layoff notices. So the layoff notices actually cost MORE money.

Ruben February 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

“LA spends $600 million building two schools, may lay off more than 5000”

Ah, the math of liberalism.

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