MOORLACH UPDATE — California School District Rankings, Group 5 — August 17, 2018

Group 5 gets us to the one-third mark. The joy of using a simple metric is that the school districts are falling in ranges that allows for comparisons. This group of 67 has an unrestricted net deficit per capita between $385 and $474 and their total UNP is a negative $1,854,490,530. Unfortunately, our February review of Orange County cities, the seven bottom cities were found in this range

(see MOORLACH UPDATE — City CAFR Rankings, Vol. 10 — February 27, 2018). This means that the bottom two-thirds of school districts have balance sheets that are in poorer fiscal shape than Orange County city #34 out of 34!

One observer wondered why there are so many elementary districts and encouraged more merging into “unified” school districts, which cover elementary, middle and senior high schools. The answer is that this would take serious leadership, as some board members would have to give up their coveted seats. And I don’t have to explain the politics of this conundrum.

268 Pioneer Union Elem Berry Creek Butte 198 1,564 $ (602,317) $ (385)
269 Lemoore Union High Lemoore Kings 510 37,967 $ (14,642,623) $ (386)
270 Dunsmuir Elementary Dunsmuir Siskiyou 218 2,079 $ (802,021) $ (386)
271 Igo, Ono, Platina Union Igo Shasta 173 1,026 $ (395,927) $ (386)
272 Shasta Union Elem Shasta Shasta 228 2,304 $ (890,508) $ (387)
273 S. Monterey County Jt King City Monterey 514 38,715 $ (15,087,649) $ (390)
274 Southside Elementary Hollister San Benito 215 1,922 $ (759,763) $ (395)
275 Briggs Elementary Santa Paula Ventura 244 2,796 $ (1,110,745) $ (397)
276 El Monte Union High El Monte Los Angeles 780 178,188 $ (70,851,452) $ (398)
277 Soquel Union Elem Capitola Santa Cruz 470 27,440 $ (10,913,860) $ (398)
278 Pacific Elementary Davenport Santa Cruz 168 873 $ (348,029) $ (399)
279 Loleta Union Elementary Loleta Humboldt 200 1,537 $ (615,347) $ (400)
280 Rancho Santa Fe Elem Rancho Santa Fe San Diego 309 6,343 $ (2,541,400) $ (401)
281 Dos Palos Oro Loma Jt Dos Palos Merced 364 10,979 $ (4,404,245) $ (401)
282 Princeton Joint Unified Princeton Glenn 178 1,097 $ (441,547) $ (403)
283 Tulare Joint Union High Tulare Tulare 650 81,778 $ (33,037,350) $ (404)
284 Piner-Olivet Union Elem Santa Rosa Sonoma 414 16,523 $ (6,690,090) $ (405)
285 El Dorado Union High Placerville El Dorado 741 140,168 $ (56,919,364) $ (406)
286 Placer Hills Union Elem Meadow Vista Placer 402 14,928 $ (6,096,674) $ (408)
287 Central Union High El Centro Imperial 601 59,926 $ (24,534,032) $ (409)
288 Fallbrook Union High Fallbrook San Diego 623 67,081 $ (27,550,406) $ (411)
289 Dehesa Elementary El Cajon San Diego 235 2,361 $ (970,636) $ (411)
290 Mt. Shasta Union Elem Mount Shasta Siskiyou 325 7,028 $ (2,896,167) $ (412)
291 Vallecito Union Avery Calaveras 360 10,212 $ (4,219,754) $ (413)
292 Kashia Elementary Stewarts Point Sonoma 124 81 $ (33,528) $ (414)
293 Big Oak Flat-Groveland Groveland Tuolumne 290 5,185 $ (2,146,454) $ (414)
294 New Hope Elementary Thornton San Joaquin 210 1,677 $ (694,690) $ (414)
295 Wasco Union Elem Wasco Kern 479 27,717 $ (11,524,898) $ (416)
296 Willow Creek Elem Montague Siskiyou 159 631 $ (262,457) $ (416)
297 Gold Oak Union Elem Placerville El Dorado 349 8,544 $ (3,553,936) $ (416)
298 Bellflower Unified Bellflower Los Angeles 660 83,965 $ (35,081,892) $ (418)
299 Pioneer Union Elem Somerset El Dorado 296 5,528 $ (2,309,818) $ (418)
300 Santa Rita Union Elem Salinas Monterey 463 23,650 $ (9,884,078) $ (418)
301 Shasta Union High Redding Shasta 691 102,590 $ (42,896,757) $ (418)
302 Wheatland Union High Wheatland Yuba 374 11,411 $ (4,815,000) $ (422)
303 Trinidad Union Elem Trinidad Humboldt 234 2,246 $ (959,993) $ (427)
304 Montague Elementary Montague Siskiyou 222 1,944 $ (848,465) $ (436)
305 Petaluma City Schools Petaluma Marin 705 107,902 $ (47,459,466) $ (437)
306 Elk Hills Elementary Tupman Kern 139 292 $ (127,636) $ (437)
307 Howell Mountain Elem Angwin Napa 273 3,825 $ (1,673,400) $ (437)
308 Galt Joint Union High Galt Sacramento 547 40,262 $ (17,623,552) $ (438)
309 Alhambra Unified Alhambra Los Angeles 790 174,842 $ (76,551,460) $ (438)
310 Solvang Elementary Solvang Santa Barbara 314 6,015 $ (2,638,437) $ (439)
311 Placerville Union Elem Placerville El Dorado 418 15,662 $ (6,895,538) $ (440)
312 Santa Clara Unified Santa Clara Santa Clara 773 154,453 $ (68,109,374) $ (441)
313 Stanislaus Union Elem Modesto Stanislaus 501 31,460 $ (14,046,178) $ (446)
314 Auburn Union Elem Auburn Placer 529 35,991 $ (16,148,968) $ (449)
315 Liberty Union High Brentwood Contra Costa 722 113,832 $ (51,174,316) $ (450)
316 Modesto City Schools Modesto Stanislaus 890 401,202 $(180,486,682) $ (450)
317 Vallecitos Elementary Rainbow San Diego 239 2,317 $ (1,043,900) $ (451)
318 Mountain Elementary Soquel Santa Cruz 199 1,349 $ (613,483) $ (455)
319 Santa Rosa City Santa Rosa Sonoma 858 292,990 $(133,713,506) $ (456)
320 Oak Valley Union Elem TULARE Tulare 203 1,446 $ (661,363) $ (457)
321 Salinas Union High Salinas Monterey 799 179,447 $ (82,176,736) $ (458)
322 Johnstonville Elem Susanville Lassen 186 1,075 $ (494,104) $ (460)
323 Chaffey Joint Union High Ontario San Bernardino 901 416,543 $(192,305,483) $ (462)
324 Buena Vista Elementary Tulare Tulare 151 449 $ (207,660) $ (462)
325 Alta Loma Elementary Alta Loma San Bernardino 618 57,161 $ (26,574,508) $ (465)
326 Bennett Valley Union Santa Rosa Sonoma 369 9,890 $ (4,613,773) $ (467)
327 Grossmont Union High El Cajon San Diego 915 485,521 $(227,706,617) $ (469)
328 San Mateo Union High San Mateo San Mateo 838 239,971 $(112,587,612) $ (469)
329 Pollock Pines Elem Pollock Pines El Dorado 361 8,998 $ (4,222,790) $ (469)
330 Clay Joint Elementary Kingsburg Fresno 155 525 $ (246,390) $ (469)
331 Sequoia Union High Redwood City San Mateo 843 259,183 $(122,052,351) $ (471)
332 Sunnyvale Sunnyvale Santa Clara 692 91,599 $ (43,233,595) $ (472)
333 Leggett Valley Unified Leggett Mendocino 163 587 $ (277,168) $ (472)
334 Julian Union High Julian San Diego 292 4,810 $ (2,271,928) $ (472)
335 Calipatria Unified Calipatria Imperial 380 10,776 $ (5,106,240) $ (474)

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