Some Poway Unified School District parents are upset that after paying thousands of dollars in taxes, their children still can't attend schools in their neighborhoods.
“I’m paying into Willow Grove (Elementary). My child should be allowed to go that public school,” Jenny Duncan said during Monday's PUSD board meeting, according to a KPBS/inewsource report.
"She is one of 55 families told in May there isn't room for their kindergarten children at the newer school in their neighborhood, an upscale new development called Santaluz," KPBS reported. "Instead, many of them will have to travel miles away to go to a much older school."
PUSD has felt the heat recently over concerns with how it is charging and spending Mello-Roos taxes, which are assessed to pay for campus repairs and construction. Before Monday's board meeting, KPBS and inewsourcealso reported that the district has been spending the tax money on "hundreds of miscellaneous expenses related to repairing, upgrading, and furnishing district offices and schools inside and outside of Mello-Roos communities."
In July, the district admitted that some homeowners had been charged too much in Mello-Roos taxes.