Tongue depressors: $6.20. Tubes of petroleum jelly: $36.98. A mask to revive someone who isn’t breathing: $57.75. Wangenheim Middle in Mira Mesa spent more than $1,000 on medical supplies for all its students this year, using federal money meant to only help disadvantaged children.
The school district had told Wangenheim it wasn’t supposed to do that. San Diego Unified has long warned its school principals that they shouldn’t spend any federal money for disadvantaged kids on things like medical supplies, athletic equipment and custodial supplies.
“It’s probably a mistake on my part,” former principal Lamont Jackson said, adding that the school district would be able to catch mistakes like that.