AG Bumps Up Woodland Hills Audit
Earlier this summer we wrote about the concern municipal officials in the communities comprising the Woodland Hills School District had with the state of the District. They expressed “no confidence” in the District and asked for some state intervention; according to a news article it was for a review by the Department of Education and an audit by the Auditor General’s office.
It is not clear if the Department of Education did a review, if one is ongoing, or if it will do one from a search of the Department’s website and, to date, the District is not in financial watch or financial recovery status under Act 141, which would pertain primarily to fiscal issues.
However, the Auditor General’s office, which conducts performance audits of the state’s K-12 school districts, has agreed to begin the next scheduled audit of the District (which was not to begin until late 2018) on October 2nd. The press release on the audit notes that the early start came about “…at the request of local officials and members of the public over disturbances at the district’s high school and other operational issues.” The bumped up audit will cover the period from July 2012 through June 2016 and one of the areas it may include is school safety.
In the boilerplate language of the Office’s school performance audits it is noted that the purpose is to “…determine whether state funds, including school subsidies, are being used according to the purposes and guidelines that govern the use of these funds. Additionally, our audits examine the appropriateness of certain administrative and operational practices at each local education agency”.
On the Auditor General’s website currently there are two performance audits of the Woodland Hills District, one from 2010 and one from 2013 and a “limited procedures engagement” from 2016. The 2013 performance audit had three findings, two related to transportation/bus service and one relating to a memorandum of understanding between the District and the police forces in the communities of the District. The audit period covered December 2009 to August 2012. The limited procedures engagement covered July 2012 to June 2015 and noted that the District had satisfied the findings from the 2013 performance audit.