LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — More than half a million dollars in school district money that could be used for supplies has been sitting unused for years.

CBSLA’s David Goldstein searched the California state controller’s office database for unclaimed property and found more than $580,000 for the Los Angeles Unified school district – including almost $240,000 owed to individual schools.

Checks that end up on the database have gone uncashed for at least three years, and some are for thousands of dollars that have been sitting for years, including one for $37,000 from SoCal Gas dating back to 2014. That’s enough money to buy 15,000 notebooks.

Another $29,000 from State Farm was uncovered – enough to purchase 152,000 pencils – along with thousands more from Coca-Cola for the schools’ share of vending machine money. Roughly $10,000 from Apple sitting idle since at least 2007 was also found.

The largest amount owed to any one school was for Birmingham Charter High in Van Nuys – more than $24,000.

School Amount Owed
Sharp Avenue Elementary School $700.00
Beachy Avenue Elementary School $195.45
Corona Avenue Elementary School $1,675.16
Nueva Vista Elementary School $476.84
Bell Senior High School $90.00
Canoga Park Elementary School $504.66
Canoga Park Senior High School $77.74
Christopher Columbus Middle School $71.66
Hart Street Elementary School $53.26
New Academy Canoga Park $48.43
Owensmouth High School $29.74
Multicultural Learning Center $0.10
Dominguez Elementary School $667.67
Carson Senior High School $513.85
Annalee Avenue Elementary School $405.81
Ambler Avenue Elementary School $318.04
Andrew Carnegie Middle School $315.03
Leapwood Avenue Elementary School $287.53
Stephen M White Middle School $250.00
Caroldale Learning Community $204.30
Carson Street Elementary School $85.42
Dolores Street Elementary School $50.22
Towne Avenue Elementary School $42.42
Glenn Hammond Curtiss Middle School $19.80
Stoney Point High School $907.69
Ernest Lawrence Middle School $425.51
Superior Street Elementary School $77.15
Germain Street Elementary School $75.00
Chatsworth High School $64.52
Teresa P Hughes Elementary School $2,025.47
Elizabeth Learning Center $250.00
Jaime Escalante Elementary School $15.00
Stoner Avenue Elementary School $44.68
Playa Del Rey Elementary School $30.00
Emelita Street Elementary School $905.87
Encino Elementary School $100.56
Lanai Road Elementary School $25.04
Hesby Oaks School $6.56
153rd Street Elementary School $1,156.77
Chapman Elementary School $250.00
Gardena High School $154.00
New Millennium Secondary School $120.77
Moneta High School $86.48
Amestoy Elementary School $16.90
John F Kennedy Senior High School $6,536.70
George K Porter Middle School $403.89
Danube Avenue Elementary School $196.21
Van Gogh Street Elementary School $142.04
Granada Hills Charter High School $133.27
Robert Frost Middle School $131.73
Tulsa Street Elementary School $82.38
Patrick Henry Middle School $53.18
Haskell Elementary School $42.79
Jane Addams High School $26.74
Nathaniel Narbonne High School $176.77
Harbor City Elementary School $113.80
President Avenue Elementary School $78.99
Cimarron Avenue Elementary School $109.37
Joseph Le Conte Middle School $450.61
Miles Avenue Elementary School $6,063.40
Chester W Nimitz Middle School $348.03
Huntington Park High School $265.00
Henry T Gage Middle School $167.29
Aspire Centennial College Preparatory Academy $113.15
San Antonio High School $87.11
Middleton Street Elementary School $30.43
Walnut Park Elementary School $18.60
Birmingham Community Charter High School $24,643.53
Bassett Street Elementary School $173.48
Stagg Street Elementary School $118.31
Anatola Avenue Elementary School $23.24
William Mulholland Middle School $11.31
High Tech Charter High School $10.00
Gault Street Elementary School $3.69
Alexander Fleming Middle School $290.67
Eshelman Avenue Elementary School $139.08
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy $154.89
Inner City Education Foundation $6,437.20
Magnolia Science Academy $0.01
Alliance Health Services Academy $4,896.00
USC Hybrid High School $4,700.00
Esperanza Elementary School $4,582.56
Virgil Middle School $4,134.34
Normandie Avenue Elementary School $3,920.43
Thomas Starr King Junior High School $3,631.81
Santee Education Complex $3,367.36
Christopher Dena Elementary School $3,365.00
Renaissance Arts Academy $3,114.97
Alexander Hamilton High School $2,854.94
View Park Prep $2,775.46
Central City Value School $2,205.83
Manual Arts High School $2,204.27
Pio Pico Middle School $1,925.00
Paul Revere Middle School $1,860.82
Orville Wright Middle School $1,858.16
Saturn Street Elementary School $1,831.17
Coliseum Street Elementary School $1,732.67
Sheridan Street Elementary School $1,624.39
Micheltorena Street Elementary School $1,537.77
28th Street Elementary School $1,515.89
Youth Opportunities Unlimited $1,493.40
Belvedere Middle School $1,420.90
Eastman Avenue Elementary School $1,397.56
Norwood Street Elementary School $1,303.47
Huntington Drive Elementary School $1,289.85
Lenicia B Weemes Elementary School $1,176.73
Warner Avenue Elementary School $1,138.03
Thomas Jefferson High School $1,055.15
New Designs Charter School $1,042.75
Bancroft Middle School $1,011.15
Rowan Avenue Elementary School $1,010.00
Loreto Street Elementary School $1,000.00
Vista Charter School $988.12
Westchester High School $963.32
Theodore Roosevelt High School $933.05
Palms Elementary School $915.23
David Starr Jordan High School $909.07
Ford Boulevard Elementary School $844.70
Animo Watts 2 Charter School $844.69
Cienega Elementary School $808.88
Ascot Avenue Elementary School $801.95
Valor Academy $740.00
Windsor Hills Elementary School $728.92
Monsenor Oscar Romero Charter Middle School $700.00
Benjamin Franklin High School $678.30
University High School $665.63
Farmdale Elementary School $653.59
Clover Avenue Elementary School $637.50
Murchison Street Elementary School $615.70
Cahuenga Elementary School $583.39
Florence Nightingale Middle School $566.72
2nd Street Elementary School $563.77
Dayton Heights Elementary School $555.73
Kingsley Elementary School $545.00
El Sereno Middle School $544.81
Santa Monica Boulevard Elementary School $527.25
Menlo Avenue Elementary School $525.95
Alain Leroy Locke Senior High School $525.72
Mariposa-Nabi Primary Center $517.89
College Ready Academy $515.37
College Ready Academy Public #5 $509.80
75th Street Elementary School $503.41
Camino Nuevo High School $500.00
Venice High School $488.88
Trinity Street Elementary School $484.85
Lovelia P Flournoy Elementary School $484.37
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies $459.44
Thomas A Edison Middle School $452.70
Alliance Dr Olga Mohan High School $450.55
George Washington Carver Middle School $433.34
92nd Street Elementary School $381.17
Shenandoah Street Elementary School $378.97
Charnock Road Elementary School $371.00
Cowan Avenue Elementary School $355.73
116th Street Elementary School $353.00
Dr Julian Nava Learning Academy $351.97
Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts $349.96
Laurel Elementary School $336.03
Eagle Rock High School $331.12
Leo Politi Elementary School $329.10
Harold Mcalister High School $328.32
Florence Avenue Elementary School $324.95
Community Magnet School $321.84
Multnomah Street Elementary School $314.95
John C Fremont High School $313.18
Manchester Avenue Elementary School $312.02
Frank Del Olmo Elementary School $310.60
Kipp La Schools $303.33
Los Angeles High School $303.21
View Park Prep High School $300.00
Ivanhoe Elementary School $298.00
Hoover Street Elementary School $297.19
59th Street Elementary School $292.87
Citizens Of The World Charter School $287.07
Thomas Riley High School $281.37
Edwin Markham Middle School $280.41
Alliance Richard Merkin Middle School $262.86
Sunrise Elementary School $258.04
Macarthur Park Elementary School $254.22
Edward R Roybal Learning Center $250.00
Toland Way Elementary School $250.00
Marina Del Rey Middle School $241.28
Lillian Street Elementary School $241.05
Alliance For College Ready Media Arts And Entertainment $239.25
City Terrace Elementary School $239.14
Wilton Place Elementary School $236.04
Miramonte Elementary School $235.50
Magnolia Avenue Elementary School $234.62
Castle Heights Elementary School $233.58
99th Street Elementary School $229.48
Hancock Park Elementary School $223.02
John Marshall High School $220.29
Harris Newmark High School $215.24
Metropolitan High School $213.00
Birdielee V Bright Elementary School $212.38
Raymond Avenue Elementary School $212.13
Graham Elementary School $209.98
View Park High School $209.60
Los Angeles Academy Middle School $203.04
Brentwood Elementary Science Magnet $200.80
74th Street Elementary School $200.00
Ramona Elementary School $200.00
San Pedro Street Elementary School $198.14
Aldama Elementary School $197.67
Watts Learning Center $196.95
Kipp Academy Of Opportunity $190.11
Alliance Jack H Skirball Middle School $188.71
Commonwealth Avenue Elementary School $184.09
52nd Street Elementary School $169.91
Bret Harte Middle School $162.98
Brooklyn Avenue Elementary School $162.97
Banneker School $159.44
24th Street Elementary School $159.30
George Washington Preparatory High School $150.00
Union Avenue Elementary School $145.45
James A Garfield High School $142.82
Charles W Barrett Elementary School $142.59
Grape Street Elementary School $141.39
Loren Miller Elementary School $140.60
Belvedere Elementary School $135.81
Hillside Elementary School $133.68
Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School $131.34
Hooper Avenue Elementary School $130.00
Westport Heights Elementary School $129.40
Angeles Mesa Elementary School $126.32
View Park Middle School $125.00
South Park Elementary School $122.73
New Los Angeles Charter School $122.19
Woodrow Wilson Senior High School $121.74
Wonderland Avenue Elementary School $118.41
118th Street Elementary School $115.98
61st Street Elementary School $113.02
Humphreys Avenue Elementary School $110.84
Lexington Avenue Primary Center $109.98
Sierra Vista Elementary School $109.96
Compton Avenue Elementary School $109.79
Animo Pat Brown Charter High School $108.20
Kenter Canyon Elementary School $103.01
Hillcrest Drive Elementary School $99.53
Daniel Webster Middle School $99.49
Kipp Scholar Academy $98.00
Samuel Gompers Charter Middle School $96.00
112th Street Elementary School $95.00
Eagle Rock Elementary School $91.40
Harvard Elementary School $88.00
Overland Avenue Elementary School $85.41
Hobart Boulevard Elementary School $83.13
Roscomare Road Elementary School $82.39
Gardner Street Elementary School $82.35
Science Center School $81.23
Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology $79.00
Van Ness Avenue Elementary School $77.91
West Adams Academy $75.00
Marlton Charter School $71.48
La Salle Avenue Elementary School $70.27
Canfield Avenue Elementary School $66.80
Harmony Elementary School $65.00
Loyola Village Elementary School $65.00
Audubon Middle School $64.00
107th Street Elementary School $63.00
Arlington Heights Elementary School $61.35
Alta Loma Elementary School $59.42
Monterey High School $58.72
Nora Sterry Elementary School $57.96
20th Street Elementary School $57.23
Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School $53.79
Hollenbeck Middle School $50.00
Mount Washington Elementary School $50.00
Baldwin Hills Elementary School $49.45
Los Angeles Elementary School $44.00
Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School $41.76
Mckinley Avenue Elementary School $41.65
Kipp Raices Academy $41.29
Parmelee Avenue Elementary School $39.28
Glassell Park Elementary School $39.08
West Athens Elementary School $36.50
Westwood Charter Elementary School $36.21
Sierra Park Elementary School $34.65
Hollywood Primary Center $34.50
Weigand Avenue Elementary School $33.00
Vine Street Elementary School $32.47
Short Avenue Elementary School $27.99
Queen Anne Place Elementary School $26.20
Citizens Of The World – Silver Lake $25.30
Mary Mcleod Bethune Middle School $25.20
Griffin Avenue Elementary School $24.91
Barack Obama Charter School $24.00
Annandale Elementary School $22.61
Richland Avenue Elementary School $21.75
Cesar Chavez Elementary School $21.52
3rd Street Elementary School $21.00
Teach Academy Of Technology $19.31
Olympic Primary Center $17.71
Crescent Heights Boulevard Elementary School $17.67
Soto Street Elementary School $17.04
Allesandro Elementary School $15.99
Sophia T Salvin School $15.00
Walgrove Avenue Elementary School $15.00
93rd Street Elementary School $14.50
Atwater Avenue Elementary School $13.28
Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School $13.18
James J Mcbride Special Education School $13.00
Valley View Elementary School $12.95
Manhattan Place Elementary School $12.60
New Academy Of Science & Arts $10.30
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School $9.90
Rockdale Elementary School $9.60
Buchanan Street Elementary School $9.02
CALS Early College High School $8.00
Aragon Avenue Elementary School $7.92
New Open World Academy $7.00
John Burroughs Middle School $6.45
New Design Charter School – Watts $5.63
96th Street Elementary School $5.15
Palms Middle School $4.68
Belmont Senior High School $4.00
Extera Public Schools $3.54
Grant Elementary School $2.00
John Adams Middle School $1.56
Equitas Academy Charter School $0.29
Fishburn Avenue Elementary School $188.79
Heliotrope Avenue Elementary School $93.25
Maywood Elementary School $42.67
San Jose Street Elementary School $250.00
Robert Hill Lane Elementary School $35.73
Francisco Sepulveda Middle School $640.00
Gledhill Street Elementary School $337.72
Rosa Parks Learning Center $247.82
Vintage Magnet School $40.00
James Monroe High School $14.00
North Hollywood High School $1,186.24
Walter Reed Middle School $506.80
John B Monlux Elementary School $285.88
Amelia Earhart High School $251.42
Rio Vista Elementary School $194.11
Lankershim Elementary School $161.12
Colfax Avenue Elementary School $148.00
Coldwater Canyon Elementary School $128.21
Burbank Boulevard Elementary School $63.42
Oxnard Street Elementary School $59.66
Arminta Street Elementary School $41.28
Toluca Lake Elementary School $34.70
Berenece Carlson Home Hospital School $15.00
James Madison Middle School $0.95
Camellia Avenue Elementary School $0.40
Balboa Gifted Magnet $701.04
Alfred B Nobel Middle School $277.89
Topeka Drive Elementary School $155.76
Northridge Academy High School $35.30
Lorne Street Elementary School $14.95
Northridge Middle School $9.45
Palisades Charter High School $3,490.98
Palisades Charter Elementary School $3,284.79
Marquez Charter Elementary School $254.20
Bert Corona Charter School $1,969.28
Telfair Avenue Elementary School $377.46
Charles Maclay Middle School $300.00
Pacoima Charter Elementary School $125.75
Montague Elementary School $56.34
Liggett Street Elementary School $1,547.68
Panorama City High School $206.96
Panorama City Elementary School $26.50
Vista Middle School $5.04
Paseo Del Rey Elementary School $15.00
Castlebay Lane Elementary School $1,896.56
Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle School $112.20
Blythe Street Elementary School $2,066.96
Sherman Oaks Center For Enriched Studies $561.53
Vanalden Avenue Elementary School $439.54
Grover Cleveland High School $252.93
Cantara Street Elementary School $148.95
Joaquin Miller High School $148.63
Melvin Avenue Elementary School $100.00
Reseda High School $58.03
Vaughn Elementary School $1,004.41
San Fernando Senior High School $297.90
O’DMelveny Elementary School $34.14
San Pedro High School $630.71
Point Fermin Elementary School $472.00
Leland Street Elementary School $393.29
Barton Hill Elementary School $144.89
Taper Avenue Elementary School $45.86
Richard Henry Dana Middle School $42.00
Canyon Charter Elementary School $259.20
Riverside Drive Elementary School $420.29
Robert A Millikan Middle School $371.98
Dixie Canyon Elementary School $156.42
Ivy Bound Academy $20.80
Independence Elementary School $973.61
International Studies Learning Center $500.00
Aspire Firestone Academy $376.00
Liberty Boulevard Elementary School $365.14
Southeast Middle School $184.84
Bryson Avenue Elementary School $178.75
Victoria Avenue Elementary School $145.73
Odyssey High School $145.09
South East Senior High School $123.91
Simon Rodia Continuation School $102.84
San Miguel Elementary School $101.02
State Street Elementary School $67.49
Stanford Avenue Elementary School $43.06
Montara Avenue Elementary School $26.57
San Gabriel Avenue Elementary School $21.85
Carpenter Elementary School $18.01
Fernangeles Elementary School $312.11
Sun Valley Middle School $225.08
Glenwood Elementary School $130.04
John H Francis Polytechnic Senior High School $99.79
Roscoe Elementary School $15.00
Sun Valley Senior High School $6.62
Sunland Elementary School $143.22
Mount Gleason Middle School $50.00
Apperson Street Elementary School $22.23
Sylmar High School $630.30
Sylmar Elementary School $566.35
Herrick Avenue Elementary School $54.70
Olive Vista Middle School $7.75
Discovery Charter Preparatory School $4.75
Osceola Street Elementary School $2.08
Nestle Avenue Elementary School $338.33
Tarzana Elementary School $24.26
Wilbur Elementary School $8.42
Topanga Elementary Charter School $133.55
Meyler Street Elementary School $53.57
Mountain View Elementary School $73.96
Verdugo Hills Senior High School $55.19
Plainview Avenue Elementary School $32.45
Pinewood Avenue Elementary School $12.72
Ingenium Schools Dba Barack Obama School $27.60
Ulysses S Grant Senior High School $774.15
Van Nuys Middle School $302.89
Sylvan Park Elementary School $270.26
Jack London High School $128.85
Erwin Street Elementary School $101.04
Robert Fulton Middle School $68.69
Kester Avenue Elementary School $43.20
Van Nuys High School $24.34
Van Nuys Elementary School $13.93
Ararat Charter School $2.21
Animo Venice Charter High School $705.79
Broadway Elementary School $75.61
Coeur D’Alene Avenue Elementary School $61.49
Academia Moderna Charter $48.00
Justice Street Elementary School $451.00
Hamlin Street Elementary School $124.07
Pomelo Elementary School $94.60
Ivy Academia Charter School $29.23
Haynes Street Elementary School $25.81
Welby Way Elementary School $6.00
Larchmont Charter School $200.00
Harry Bridges Span School $1,310.80
George De La Torre Jr Elementary School $734.00
Phineas Banning Senior High School $643.96
Hawaiian Avenue Elementary School $510.39
Wilmington Middle School $255.00
Dan M Isaacs Avalon High School $215.99
Wilmington Park Elementary School $205.43
Fries Avenue Elementary School $7.77
John A Sutter Middle School $167.68
Winnetka Avenue Elementary School $26.76
William Howard Taft High School $1,190.79
Woodland Hills Elementary School $524.85
George Ellery Hale Middle School $269.55
Serrania Avenue Elementary School $250.00
Calabash Elementary School $248.39
Woodland Hills Academy $182.27
El Camino Real High School $109.69
Woodlake Elementary School $105.00
Lockhurst Drive Elementary School $15.25
Calvert Green $0.31

 

While it’s impossible to tell what the funds are for, since it’s owed to the LAUSD Education Foundation it could have been a donation that was never cashed.

Will Page, a teacher at Thomas Star King Junior High School near Silver Lake, says he and most other teachers spend about $700 a year of their own money on supplies.

But when Goldstein found more than $3,600 for Thomas Star King School sitting unused, Page was stunned.

“Thirty-six hundred dollars doesn’t sound like a lot, but what we can do we you get resourceful is make a huge impact on kids,” he said.

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Associated gave the district a failing grade after Goldstein showed them what he found.

“If they walked into a room and found a hundred dollar bill on the floor, wouldn’t they pick it up? They should pick up their money,” the association said.

It comes just months after the district was crying poverty and begging voters to pass Measure EE, a tax to raise money. It was opposed by the Jarvis Foundation and ultimately rejected by voters.

“And what they would like is for the taxpayers to just think all the time is that the solution is higher taxes,” the association said. “But the solution is usually better management.”

LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner refused numerous requests for an interview, but his office issued this statement: “Every quarter, Los Angeles Unified reviews California’s Unclaimed Property database to identify funds that belong to the District. These unclaimed funds can be as small as $0.01. If unclaimed funds are found, Los Angeles Unified works to recover funds from businesses or from the State of California by submitting the appropriate claims. Los Angeles Unified recently reviewed 37 unclaimed properties on the Controller’s website. Claims had already been filed on 34 of these items by Los Angeles Unified, but the claims were denied. Los Angeles Unified has been able to recover more than $166,000 over the past ten years through other claims. Los Angeles Unified will continue working with the State to recover unclaimed funds.”

Click here to view a map of LAUSD unclaimed money.

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