After Scott Barnett cancelled his scheduled press conference this morning to announce his insolvency plan, school board president John Lee Evans pounced, setting up his own press conference in its place.
Barnett was all set to publicly announce his plan to ask the San Diego Unified School District to voluntarily declare itself insolvent, a scheme he unveiled to me yesterday afternoon. Evans took the opportunity this morning to pour scorn on Barnett’s ideas, saying he wanted to tamp down any rumors that the district might be about to declare itself fiscally bust.
“One board member is panicking and saying we need to declare insolvency,” Evans said. “I am here to say that we will balance the budget and we will do the very best we can academically with our limited resources. We must avoid denial and panic.”