Report 2017-104 Recommendation 15 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 #15 To: Montebello Unified School District

To ensure that Montebello is making hiring decisions free of bias or favoritism, within 90 days it should strengthen its hiring policies related to nepotism and conflicts of interest for classified and certificated personnel to include the following: establishing restrictions on immediate family members being involved in the screening and interviewing processes and definitions of what types of personal relationships fall under the nepotism policy, which work relationships the nepotism policy applies to, and what factors to consider when evaluating the potential impact of a personal relationship.

6-Month Agency Response

MUSD has a Board revised Board approved policy for employment of relatives, which addresses nepotism and conflicts of interest.

  • Completion Date: May 2018
  • Response Date: May 2018

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

Montello's updated policy applies to relatives, spouses, and domestic partners. However, Montebello did not include in its updated policy the definitions of what types of other personal relationships fall under the nepotism policy, which work relationships the nepotism policy applies to, and what factors to consider when evaluating the potential impact of a personal relationship.

  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

60-Day Agency Response

MUSD will continue working on strengthening its hiring policies to ensure that its employment decisions are free of bias, favoritism, nepotism, and/or conflict of interest for classified and certificated personnel.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 2/22/2018
  • Response Date: December 2017

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


All Recommendations in 2017-104

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.