A school district is giving away thousands of brand-new textbooks because they don’t meet state academic standards, officials said.
The Stockton Unified School District has stored millions of dollars worth of the elementary school supplies in a warehouse for months while trying to determine how to reclaim as much money as possible.
Officials say former superintendent Anthony Amato bought the materials from a company called “Success For All” in 2008, spending $3 million on the reading material and another $1.7 million on training.
“This really became a drama resulting in a poor choice by an out-of-state superintendent who didn’t understand the rules and regulations,” said assistant superintendent Dr. Kirk Nicholas.
Amato was fired after 14 months on the job.
The poor choice left the school district with few options and additional penalties.
That's a Grade A screw-up.