Report 2017-104 Recommendation 20 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 #20 To: Montebello Unified School District

To ensure that staff who make or influence district decisions are free from perceived or actual conflicts of interest, Montebello should immediately identify all positions whose incumbents make or influence district decisions and designate those not already identified in its conflict-of-interest policy.

6-Month Agency Response

MUSD has updated is conflict of interest policy and includes positions previously not identified.

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

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

Montebello did not identify in its policy all of the positions that we identified during the audit whose incumbents make or influence district decisions, including the hazardous materials coordinator and the facilities projects coordinator.


60-Day Agency Response

MUSD will require all employees approving contracts or expenditures to file a statement of economic interests. Amongst the positions are: Director, Elementary Education; Director, Secondary Education; Director, Special Education; Director, Maintenance, Operations & Facilities; Director, Nutrition Services; Director, Fiscal Services; Director, Adult Education & Support Services; Director, Pupil & Community Services; Director, Administrative Services; Director, Procurement/Logistics, Director, Head Start; Chief of Police Services; Director, Certificated Personnel; Director, Classified Human Resources; Operations Manager; Maintenance Manager; Facilities Projects Manager; Transportation Manager; Budget Manager

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

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

Montebello did not identify all of the positions whose incumbents make or influence district decisions that we identified during the audit, including the hazardous materials coordinator and the facilities projects coordinator. Further, Montebello should designate the positions in its conflict-of-interest policy.

  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

All Recommendations in 2017-104

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.