Budget cuts keep Riverside County's new Hillcrest High School from opening

State education budget cuts will likely keep a new $105-million high school campus in Southern California's Riverside County from opening in the fall as planned.

Alvord Unified school board members have voted to delay the opening of Hillcrest High, which was built using a voter-approved bond sale to relieve overcrowding at other district schools.

The Los Angeles Times says the delay will save the district $3 million each year in staffing, utility and other expenses, although it will have to pay about $1 million to secure and maintain the empty campus.

Incoming freshman who had anticipated using the school's robotics lab, state-of-the art performance space and other amenities will have to attend a different campus with 3,400 students — more than twice the number it was designed for.

Information from: Los Angeles Times

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