Report 2017-104 Recommendation 14 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 #14 To: Montebello Unified School District

To ensure that Montebello hires qualified certificated and classified employees, within 90 days the board should revise its policies to require the superintendent or his or her designee to provide information to the board about recruitments for high-ranking employees. The board should consider, at a minimum, the following information when approving appointments:
- The number of initial applicants.
- The number of candidates who passed the screening and interviewing steps.
- The education and work experience of the final candidate recommended by the superintendent or designee.

6-Month Agency Response

MUSD continues working on formalizing a policy that would provide the minimum recommended information. Currently, that information is being provided to the Board of Education, but is not reflected in a written policy.

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

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

Per Montebello's response, we will assess Montebello's actions to implement this recommendation once it revises its policy. Further, Montebello has not provided documentation demonstrating that it currently provides this information to the board.


60-Day Agency Response

MUSD will continue providing the Board of Education with information on the interview process, the number of initial applicants, the number of candidates who passed the screening, the number of candidates interviewed, as well as the education and work experience of the final candidate. Most recently, MUSD exercised this practice when selecting the Director of Head Start.

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

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

Montebello has not fully implemented this recommendation. It should revise its policies to require the superintendent or his or her designee to provide information to the board about recruitments for high-ranking employees.

  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

All Recommendations in 2017-104

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.