Report 2017-104 Recommendation 12 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 #12 To: Montebello Unified School District

In order to rebuild trust with its community, Montebello should adhere to its policies for hiring certificated personnel and fill any vacant positions for executives through a competitive hiring process, including advertising the positions, screening to ensure that minimum qualifications are met, and interviewing to ensure that it hires and retains the most qualified and talented leaders.

60-Day Agency Response

MUSD will continue to ensure that it hires certificated personnel through a competitive hiring process, including advertising the positions (inside and outside of MUSD), screening, and interviewing to ensure that the most qualified and talented leader is hired and retained. Most recently, MUSD has recently hired a Director of Head Start.

  • Completion Date: July 2017
  • Response Date: December 2017

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

In a November 28, 2017 letter to Montebello, LACOE stated it is concerned about critical vacancies at the district, including a permanent superintendent. When filling this position and other key vacancies, Montebello should ensure it uses a competitive hiring process, including advertising the positions, screening to ensure that minimum qualifications are met, and interviewing to ensure that it hires and retains the most qualified and talented leaders. Further, Montebello's documentation did not demonstrate that it screened candidates when hiring for the Director of Head Start.

  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

All Recommendations in 2017-104

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.