April 19, 2010 5:12 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • Strapped for cash as the state delays billions of dollars in payments, the Adelanto School District may give itself a $3 million interfund loan to make payroll and seek help from the county to repay it.

“It’s not desired that you’d have to go seek a loan to pay, but it’s certainly an option,” San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools spokesman Dan Evans said. “The options out there aren’t great right now … and with more expected budget cuts you have to anticipate that these are going to be even tighter times for districts.”

The state Department of Finance has implemented ongoing payment deferrals to school districts as the California Legislature grapples with an $18.6 billion deficit.

For instance, $2.4 billion owed by the state in January and February won’t be paid out until July. For the Adelanto School District, that amounts $2.5 million in deferred money, with more deferrals lined up for scheduled payments in April, May and June, according to ASD agenda documents.

At this rate, district officials estimate they’re general-fund cash balance will dwindle to $535,000 by the end of May, which wouldn’t nearly cover the June 1 payroll.

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