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Calif. budget will keep new $105M school closed

A Southern California school district spent $105 million on a new state-of-the-art high school, but after three years of funding cuts doesn't have the money to operate it.The Alvord Unified School District in Riverside was supposed to open the new Hillcrest High School in September to relieve overcrowding at another high school. But the district can't afford to hire staff and pay the costs to open it, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday."We simply can't do it," Superintendent Wendel Tucker told Fox 11.The school board postponed the opening until the 2012-13 school year, but there's no guarantee the district will be able to afford opening it then, either."It's extremely frustrating," board member Greg Kraft told the Times. "We made a promise to the community, and I think we need to keep it."The board decided to build the school five years ago to send the overflow from the 3,400-student La Sierra High School, where classes average 33 to 37 students and lunch periods and assemblies are...

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