Report 2017-104 Recommendation 13 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 #13 To: Montebello Unified School District

To ensure that Montebello creates employee positions only when necessary, it should establish a policy within 30 days that requires a justification for why the district is creating a position. Additionally, in order to maintain transparency when creating new positions, Montebello should immediately begin to document its justifications.

6-Month Agency Response

MUSD has been focusing on best practices and is currently working on presenting the Board of Education with a policy that would provide justification on why a position is being created. Internally, Executive Cabinet has been guiding and providing coaching to administrators when new positions are being proposed, its impact to the budget, and the process and documentation to support said positions.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 6/30/2018
  • Response Date: May 2018

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

60-Day Agency Response

MUSD will continue with the practice of requiring a valid justification on the personnel request forms for all assignments. The justification and funding source will continue to be included on all agendas presented for Board of Education approval.

  • Completion Date: October 2017
  • Response Date: December 2017

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

Montebello has not demonstrated that it has established a policy that requires a justification for why the district is creating a position.

  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

All Recommendations in 2017-104

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.