Meet the candidates.
The Paso Robles school board hosting an event at five this afternoon at the district office. An opportunity for the community to meet the two finalists for superintendent.
Curt Dubost is currently the superintendent at San Miguel school district. Previously, he served as superintendent at the Templeton school district.
The other finalist is William Young from Sacramento. He’s a deputy superintendent in the Natomas school district. Last year, he served as acting superintendent for several months while the regular superintendent recovered from surgery.
The biggest issue their facing is a district which was financially stable when Chris Williams took office, to one which is on the brink of bankruptcy. Williams and his school board spent an estimated eleven million dollars, depleting the $7.5 million dollar reserve fund.
The reserve fund dropped from 10% four years ago to below the state minimum 3% today. Chief business officer Brad Pawlowski says turning the district’s finances around will not be easy, but the board is committed to doing it.
Because of the sorry state of the district’s reserve fund, the Paso Robles school districts bond rating recently dropped dramatically, which will make it more difficult to sell measure M bonds, and more expensive for the district.
This afternoon, from 5-6 at the district office the two superintendent candidates will answer questions posed by the public on their strategy for improving the school district. The public is invited to attend.