California is just about finished building its new $105 million high school, which would be good news for the overcrowded Alvord Unified School District—if it actually had the money to run the thing. Instead, budget constraints are so tight that the district can’t afford to hire administrators, teachers, or other staff for the shiny new Hillcrest High School, USA Today reports, meaning the building will sit empty for at least a year.
The school was approved by voters in 2007—before the financial crisis sent the economy into a tailspin, the superintendent says, but now budget cuts have hit hard. “We simply are out of adjustments, and it’s not feasible … to open this school,” he says. That means the nearby La Sierra High School will have to keep on accommodating some 3,400 students—more than twice the number it was designed for.