Report 2017-104 Recommendation 4 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 #4 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 ensure that Montebello implements all of the recommendations detailed in the report.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2019

The District continues work on implementation of the recommendations. LACOE's Fiscal Advisor and Fiscal Expert Team has been working with the District to implement the recommendations. However, they have been met with resistance in working with district staff. Main obstacle continues to be the Governing Board and District Superintendent. On October 16, 2019, the District presented an update to the Governing Board on recommendations related to the Adult School Program. LACOE cannot validate the recommendations had been implemented. In November 2019, the District will present to the Governing Board updates on the financial and bond activity recommendations. An update on human resources related recommendation has not been scheduled

  • Estimated Completion Date: tbd

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Pending

1-Year Agency Response

The district has not implemented all recommendations detailed in the report. The previous governing board has prevented the district from addressing all the recommendations. LACOE has provided additional fiscal experts to assist with addressing the recommendations within the detailed report.

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

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

6-Month Agency Response

Superintendent and Board of Education continue to work together in addressing all the recommendations in the CSA Report. Progress is being made and it is expected all items will be addressed by November 2, 2018.

  • Estimated Completion Date: November 2, 2018
  • Response Date: May 2018

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

60-Day Agency Response

The Governing Board of the District has passed resolutions to implement the fiscal stabilization plan and to work cooperatively with the LACOPE Fiscal Expert. Will provide copies of Board Resolutions 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.