Thursday, July 3, 2014

CCOE: Accomplice to Financial Neglect and Mismanagement


"Both Davis and Northington said they did not believe anyone made mistakes, but said the district should have begun making cuts sooner."

Cuts are Coming to CUSD
Mike Taylor of Calaveras Enterprise, 
July 3, 2014

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It is appalling for Northington and Davis of CCOE to say that “they did not believe anyone made mistakes, but said the district should have begun making cuts sooner."
--Allen Lujan

 Not making cuts (starting 5 years ago) was--and still is--an enormous mistake. Northington and Davis are minimizing the CUSD budget crisis because they did not properly or adequately do their own job which is to oversee the 4 school districts (and their budgets) within Calaveras County. Over the course of five years, CCOE watched as the coffers of CUSD slowly ran dry. CCOE is not an innocent bystander; they are, by neglect of oversight, accomplices. Northington and Davis are--by virtue of the fact that they did not aggressively intervene (which is their role)—guilty of financial neglect and mismanagement. Knowing that Calaveras Unified should have made cuts sooner is an enormous mistake. Oversight by CCOE was not adequately done, and now Calaveras Unified is on the verge of bankruptcy and having the CDE—California Department of Education—takeover the daily management of the district. The leadership of both CUSD and CCOE are not successfully benefiting the educational needs of the communities and families of which they serve; I firmly believe it is time for a change of leadership in our local School District and our County Office of Education.

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