Report 2017-104 Recommendation 3 Responses

Report 2017-104: Montebello Unified School District: County Superintendent Intervention Is Necessary to Address Its Weak Financial Management and Governance (Release Date: November 2017)

Recommendation #3 To: Los Angeles County Office of Education

To ensure that Montebello takes the steps necessary to prevent state intervention and regain its positive financial certification, the county superintendent should evaluate the necessity of executive positions and adjust executives' salaries based on an analysis of the number and cost of executives in comparable districts.

1-Year Agency Response

While the district has evaluated various executive positions within the district, key positions remain vacant and the previous governing board prevented the district from hiring key personnel. LACOE has provided the district with additional fiscal expert assistance to address these issues.

  • Estimated Completion Date: tbd
  • Response Date: December 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Pending


6-Month Agency Response

While a Fiscal Advisor currently is assigned to the District, key leadership positions remain unfilled. The district is currently recruiting for a Cheif Business Official. Expected to have a new CBO by June 2018. Director of Fiscal Services has just been hired with a start date of May 4, 2018.

  • Estimated Completion Date: July 1, 2018
  • Response Date: May 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

LACOE should ensure that it evaluates the necessity of executive positions and adjust executives' salaries based on an analysis of the number and cost of executives in comparable districts.


60-Day Agency Response

District under the guidance of a Fiscal Advisor who will implement the above recommendations. Will provide information under separate email cover.

  • Estimated Completion Date: July 2018
  • Response Date: January 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


All Recommendations in 2017-104

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.