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Four Contra Costa school districts face possible intervention

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  • Cathy Travlos
    Here s an excerpt from Theresa Harrington s article in the May 8 Times. You can read the whole article here:
    Message 1 of 1 , May 11 9:53 PM
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      Here's an excerpt from Theresa Harrington's article in the May 8 Times.
      You can read the whole article here:
      http://www.contracostatimes.com/education/ci_12328361
      Cathy
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      "Looming deficits have put four Contra Costa County school districts in
      danger of county or state intervention if they fail to balance their
      budgets by June 1.
      The Martinez, West Contra Costa, Knightsen and John Swett school
      districts must file "positive" budget reports with the county Office of
      Education next month to avoid intervention, said Ellen Ellster, county
      deputy superintendent.

      "This is really very new and treacherous territory for the districts,"
      she told the county board of education this week.

      The county is monitoring the districts and plans to assist them as needed.
      As of Jan. 31, budget reports showed deficits of $384,000 in Knightsen,
      $1.3 million in Martinez, $2.5 million in John Swett and $26.9 million
      in the West Contra Costa district, said Peggy Marshburn, spokeswoman for
      the county office of education."
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