MOORLACH UPDATE — California School District Rankings, Group 7 — August 21, 2018

One of my favorite gravestone quotes is, “I told you I was sick.”

A balance sheet will tell an entity’s fiscal health. One balance sheet that is being closely scrutinized of late is that of Tesla, the electric car manufacturer. Maybe California’s investment community could do the same for the school districts where their businesses are located?

Group 7 has 66 school districts with unrestricted net positions (UNPs) of a negative $573 to $693. It gets us to the half way mark. Only 18 states had better UNPs (see MOORLACH UPDATE — 2017 State Per Capita UNPs — April 2, 2018 ).

Maybe we can take some solace there, but school districts cannot raise taxes to improve their budgets.

We see four more school districts from Orange County in this grouping. Only one is in my District, Anaheim Union High School, of which I am an alum (grades 7 – 12). But, AUHSD has an Unrestricted Net Deficit of $275 million!

Savanna Elementary #406 #551
Cypress Elementary #423 #621
Los Alamitos Unified #426 #643
Anaheim Union High School #463 #920

Just a reminder, the first column is the district’s position or rank (the lower, the better), then the district’s shortened name, city and county. We also provide the actual UNP ranking (again, the lower the better), the UNP, the population served, and dividing one into the other to obtain the per capita (a result above zero would be preferred).

404 Placer Union High Auburn Placer 729 93,882 $ (54,137,377) $ (577)
405 Hope Elementary Santa Barbara Santa Barb. 456 16,271 $ (9,415,449) $ (579)
406 Santee School District Santee San Diego 662 60,769 $ (35,685,717) $ (587)
407 Fallbrook Union Elem Fallbrook San Diego 672 64,763 $ (38,152,968) $ (589)
408 Savanna Elementary Anaheim Orange 551 30,815 $ (18,157,779) $ (589)
409 Washington Colony Fresno Fresno 278 3,001 $ (1,768,835) $ (589)
410 Beaumont Unified Beaumont Riverside 638 52,074 $ (30,709,642) $ (590)
411 Pope Valley Union Pope Valley Napa 182 800 $ (473,005) $ (591)
412 Cascade Union Elem Anderson Shasta 450 15,293 $ (9,052,465) $ (592)
413 Charter Oak Unified Covina Los Angeles 588 37,795 $ (22,373,912) $ (592)
414 Amador County Unif Jackson Amador 586 37,383 $ (22,249,523) $ (595)
415 Marcum-Illinois Union East Nicolaus Sutter 191 868 $ (516,784) $ (595)
416 Berryessa Union Elem San Jose Santa Clara 719 85,587 $ (51,012,008) $ (596)
417 Le Grand Union High Le Grand Merced 382 8,632 $ (5,148,384) $ (596)
418 Oak Grove Elem San Jose Santa Clara 771 112,522 $ (67,290,261) $ (598)
419 Glendale Unified Glendale Los Angeles 854 220,802 $(132,105,821) $ (598)
420 Brisbane Elementary Brisbane San Mateo 385 8,876 $ (5,311,000) $ (598)
421 Weaver Union Merced Merced 433 13,301 $ (8,007,088) $ (602)
422 Cotati-Rohnert Park Rohnert Park Sonoma 649 54,327 $ (32,706,134) $ (602)
423 Cypress Elementary Cypress Orange 627 45,853 $ (27,831,436) $ (607)
424 San Mateo-Foster City Foster City San Mateo 803 137,442 $ (83,955,565) $ (611)
425 Oroville City Elem Oroville Butte 545 28,060 $ (17,202,887) $ (613)
426 Los Alamitos Unified Los Alamitos Orange 643 51,313 $ (31,761,922) $ (619)
427 Mill Valley Elem Mill Valley Marin 566 31,967 $ (19,871,226) $ (622)
428 Yosemite Unified Oakhurst Madera 518 24,552 $ (15,264,022) $ (622)
429 Millville Elementary Millville Shasta 236 1,596 $ (994,116) $ (623)
430 Tipton Elementary Tipton Tulare 289 3,382 $ (2,116,686) $ (626)
431 Cajon Valley Union El Cajon San Diego 833 172,516 $(108,134,377) $ (627)
432 Enterprise Elem Redding Shasta 570 32,573 $ (20,426,909) $ (627)
433 Grenada Elementary Grenada Siskiyou 202 1,029 $ (646,515) $ (628)
434 Ross Valley Elem San Anselmo Marin 516 24,236 $ (15,254,686) $ (629)
435 Thermalito Union Elem Oroville Butte 430 12,215 $ (7,704,424) $ (631)
436 Mesa Union Elem Somis Ventura 303 3,833 $ (2,419,204) $ (631)
437 Lucerne Valley Unified Lucerne Valley San Berdoo 365 7,013 $ (4,429,019) $ (632)
438 Acalanes Union High Lafayette Contra Csta 786 116,973 $ (73,969,772) $ (632)
439 Lagunitas Elementary San Geronimo Marin 300 3,771 $ (2,385,551) $ (633)
440 Central Union Elem Lemoore Kings 416 10,676 $ (6,764,926) $ (634)
441 Encinitas Union Elem Encinitas San Diego 706 74,969 $ (47,548,406) $ (634)
442 Valle Lindo Elem South El Monte Los Angeles 357 6,232 $ (3,955,125) $ (635)
443 Reef-Sunset Unified Avenal Kings 468 16,862 $ (10,712,072) $ (635)
444 Luther Burbank San Jose Santa Clara 313 4,119 $ (2,627,094) $ (638)
445 Santa Barbara Unified Santa Barbara Santa Barb. 846 193,788 $(123,942,131) $ (640)
446 Richfield Elementary Corning Tehama 216 1,190 $ (761,932) $ (640)
447 Franklin-McKinley San Jose Santa Clara 759 96,859 $ (62,243,388) $ (643)
448 Etiwanda Elementary Etiwanda San Berdoo 749 91,510 $ (58,900,757) $ (644)
449 Brawley Elementary Brawley Imperial 544 26,598 $ (17,158,079) $ (645)
450 Scotts Valley Unified Scotts Valley Santa Cruz 485 18,489 $ (11,986,700) $ (648)
451 Victor Valley Un High Victorville San Berdoo 834 166,886 $(108,315,710) $ (649)
452 Red Bluff Jt Un High Red Bluff Tehama 628 42,860 $ (27,925,325) $ (652)
453 Antelope Elementary Red Bluff Tehama 351 5,690 $ (3,709,144) $ (652)
454 Ravenswood City East Palo Alto San Mateo 600 37,247 $ (24,332,084) $ (653)
455 Forestville Union Elem Forestville Sonoma 366 6,818 $ (4,489,752) $ (659)
456 Bass Lake Joint Union Oakhurst Madera 437 12,378 $ (8,183,590) $ (661)
457 Los Gatos-Saratoga Los Gatos Santa Clara 671 57,183 $ (37,828,717) $ (662)
458 Sonoma Valley Unified Sonoma Sonoma 622 40,771 $ (27,109,478) $ (665)
459 Roberts Ferry Union Waterford Stanislaus 174 607 $ (406,951) $ (670)
460 Colfax Elementary Colfax Placer 355 5,780 $ (3,884,273) $ (672)
461 Black Oak Mine Unif Georgetown El Dorado 454 13,916 $ (9,357,861) $ (672)
462 Orcutt Union Elem Orcutt Santa Barb. 612 38,179 $ (25,758,235) $ (675)
463 Anaheim Union High Anaheim Orange 920 407,353 $(275,086,177) $ (675)
464 Orange Center Fresno Fresno 252 1,847 $ (1,256,251) $ (680)
465 West Side Union Elem Healdsburg Sonoma 206 1,006 $ (684,358) $ (680)
466 San Jose Unified San Jose Santa Clara 894 270,572 $(185,541,012) $ (686)
467 Paradise Unified Paradise Butte 629 40,592 $ (28,009,824) $ (690)
468 Whittier City Elem Whittier Los Angeles 708 69,711 $ (48,106,658) $ (690)
469 Sulphur Springs Union Canyon Cntry Los Angeles 693 62,975 $ (43,532,068) $ (691)
470 Loomis Union Elem Loomis Placer 527 22,993 $ (15,924,622) $ (693)

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