The HUSD board meeting scheduled for November 3 is a must-attend for all parents, students, staff, and community of Hesperia. Scheduled to be discussed is their plan to address the estimated $5.5 million dollar budget shortfall for this year. They are supposed to discuss the impact this will have on both facilities and staffing.


I think they should also discuss why there is such a budget shortfall. It is not entirely the state's fault, despite what they would like you to believe. It's largely due to their gross mismanagement of the funds entrusted to them. Let's look at some of their budget decisions from the last two years.


First, they hired the most expensive construction company for the construction of Oak Hills High School against the recommendation of district staff, with an added cost of 1.3 million dollars. Second, they bought out the superintendent's contract because they did not like him, costing the district at least $300,000. Third, they decided that sixth grade schools shouldn't exist. The cost to convert Cypress Academy to a K-6 school is $2.9 million.


If you add up the extra costs caused by this board's decisions, it is $4.5 million. Competent decisions by this board would have resulted in a budget shortfall of $1 million, but their personal goals and vendettas have increased that budget shortfall to $5.5 million.


Members of this community must make this board explain why their poor decisions have decreased the safety and education of our children.