BUSD votes on transfer – Approves asset/liability transfer agreement

On Jan. 9, the Bonsall Unified School District board voted 5-0 to approve an agreement with the Fallbrook Union High School District which will transfer a share of FUHSD assets and liabilities to the Bonsall district.

“It was a lot of hard work and a lot of collaboration in the best interests of the entire community,” said BUSD superintendent Justin Cunningham.

In the event of a school district reorganization, a transfer of assets and liabilities is negotiated. In November 2012, the voters of both the Fallbrook Union High School District (FUHSD) and the Bonsall Union School District approved Proposition BB, which will transform the Bonsall district from a K-8 feeder district to a K-12 unified district while removing that area from the FUHSD boundaries. The actual reorganization will take effect on July 1, 2014, although in February 2013 a transitional Bonsall Unified School District including a board identical to the elementary school board was created to handle transitional matters.

Cunningham, FUHSD superintendent Dale Mitchell, BUSD assistant superintendent for business services Tom Krzmarzick, FUHSD chief business officer Wil Hatcher, San Diego County Office of Education staff, and legal counsel worked on the distribution of assets and liabilities.

“It was a good working group,” Cunningham said. “It went smoothly.”

The high school district’s total assets were calculated at $38.3 million with liabilities of $5.8 million, creating a $32.5 million net value of the Fallbrook district prior to the transfer. The percentage of assets and liabilities to be transferred to the Bonsall district was based on the share of Bonsall students currently attending FUHSD schools (in addition to Fallbrook High School, the high school district also operates the Ivy High School continuation program and the Oasis High School independent study program), and the school districts agreed that 18 percent of FUHSD assets and liabilities should be transferred.

The $32.5 million and 18 percent figures led to a transfer of $5.86 million of FUHSD assets for the Bonsall district, although not all of that will be in cash. “A big portion of it is special education services credits,” Cunningham said.

The transfer will include $2 million in cash, special education service credits for Bonsall residents currently enrolled in FUHSD special education programs, transfer of all developer fees FUHSD collected during the 2013-14 school year for development within BUSD boundaries, and the transfer of title of the 50-acre Gird Road property the Fallbrook district acquired in 1967 with the intent of building a second high school in the district once enrollment at Fallbrook High School reached 1,800 students.

The Bonsall Unified School District property owners will also be responsible for their share of repaying the general obligation bonds approved by FUHSD voters in the June 1994 election. Bonsall Union School District voters approved their own general obligation bond in the November 2005 election.

“I really want to applaud Dale and his team,” Cunningham said. “It could have been a tough situation, unifications can be, but I think Dr. Mitchell handled it really well.”

7 Responses to "BUSD votes on transfer – Approves asset/liability transfer agreement"

  1. Lee   February 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Do WE, THE PEOPLE get to vote on this directly? If not, why not? Where’s the REAL democracy?

  2. Curious   February 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    @Lee: Did you run for the BUSD school board? If so, were you elected? If not you have your answer to your first 2 questions. The answer to your third question is, in a real democracy THE PEOPLE elect other people to represent them and their interests on various boards. I’m curious Lee, did you attend to school? If so, did you sleep through most of your classes?

  3. Lee   February 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    @ #2 Curious

    In a real democracy, the people vote on everything.

  4. Good Grief   February 14, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I know that Lee, aka the broken record, uses this line all of the time, it is meaningless just like most of his comments, however, I will attempt, one more time, speaking slowly…… it would be impossible, in a country this large, with all the different zoning and other laws, within each individual state, county and jurisdiction, for ALL the people to vote on ALL of the issues, ALL of the time. That is why WE elect governing boards, congressmen/women, senators, assemblymen and a president. I know you can’t do it Lee, but just for fun, please name one country run by a democracy/republic, the size of ours, where all the people get to vote on every single issue that comes up. Please try.

  5. Joker   February 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Hey Lee, that what happens when districts cannot stay up with technology. Why not be able to officially register and vote online? just a suggestion.

  6. oldtimer   February 22, 2014 at 4:16 pm


    What we have is a representative democracy. A direct democracy would be as Good Grief indicated, impossible.

    But more important, it is not what our founders and the documents they produced call for. Some things have changed. A constitutional amendment changed the way U.S. Senators are selected, but we are still represented by those we elect. We may not always be happy with the way they vote, but that is our system.

  7. Jim   February 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

    As a resident of Sycamore ranch, the last thing I want to see is a High School on the Gird Road Property. My wife and I searched long and hard for a quiet, peaceful place to spend our retirement years. A high school will mean heavy traffic through our community along with all the attendant noise associated with a High School. Think band practice, pep rallies, football games, and all the other activities associated with such a development.

    It would also mean more congestion for the 76 and Gird road with school bus traffic, parents transporting kids to and from the school, as well as kids behind the wheel – possibly for the first time. Why not sell the property to a developer for homes? That would be more in harmony with the area, and would give the district the funds for a more substantial school at a more appropriate location? It would certainly reduce the noise and traffic load that would come with a school at that location.

    I’ve heard that the district has no plans to build at that location, but know that once the 76 improvements are completed, that this area is ripe for expanded development. We already know that there are many homes planned for the area just east of the 15, which will add to the student load within the district.

    Let’s do all that we can to keep the character of the neighborhood as it is. We all live here because of that character, and I for one will do all that I can to preserve the area as it is.


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