Report 2019-108 Recommendation 15 Responses

Report 2019-108: Sacramento City Unified School District: Because It Has Failed to Proactively Address Its Financial Challenges, It May Soon Face Insolvency (Release Date: December 2019)

Recommendation #15 To: Sacramento City Unified School District

To prevent a similar fiscal crisis in the future, Sacramento Unified should do the following by July 2020:

Develop effective employee orientation programs, including mentorship, to allow incoming leaders to better adapt to the organization's structure and culture.

6-Month Agency Response

Successful implementation with two recently hired administrators. Due to COVID-19, HR has created an online New Employee Orientation system. HR has moved forward to create a virtual onboarding process, which was implemented 4/1/20. Administrator training will be implemented 7/1/20. New Administrator HR "meet and greets" was implemented 2/1/20.

  • Estimated Completion Date: July 2020
  • Response Date: June 2020

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


60-Day Agency Response

HR will conduct a search for effective new employee programs by reaching out to neighboring school districts as well as partner agencies (ACSA, Council of Great City Schools, Central Valley Personnel Study Group, etc.).

New Employee Orientations currently take place twice a month. This is mandatory for all administrators. Supporting documentation to follow.

Trainings for administrators are currently offered on a monthly basis.

New administrators will receive individualized meet-and-greet opportunities to assist in their transition to the District.

  • Estimated Completion Date: July 2020
  • Response Date: February 2020

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

While Sacramento Unified offers new employee orientation and training for managers, we look forward to seeing how the district will combine new employee orientation and manager training with mentorship opportunities to ensure that new managers to the organization adapt to its culture and can be retained.


All Recommendations in 2019-108

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.