Report 2019-108 Recommendation 3 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 #3 To: Sacramento County Office of Education

To ensure that Sacramento Unified takes the steps necessary to address its fiscal crisis, the county office superintendent should do the following:

Direct Sacramento Unified to submit a corrective action plan by March 2020 that consolidates the district's plans to resolve its fiscal crisis.

6-Month Agency Response

SCOE directed the district to submit a corrective action plan and received the most recent copy of the plan (May 21, 2020 Board agenda item 10.3). This plan looks similar to the plan requested by the State Auditor. Unfortunately, all the items on the district's plan require negotiations with the district's employee associations. To date, the district has not been able to reach agreement with its employee associations on items that would address the fiscal solvency issues of the district. Furthermore, the amount of budget cuts needed will likely grow substantially if COVID-related revenue cuts are passed on to the school district from the State.

  • Estimated Completion Date: December 31, 2020
  • Response Date: June 2020

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

As indicated in Sacramento City Unified School District's recommendation #6, the district is currently in the process of developing a fiscal recovery plan and has not yet settled on how it will address its financial condition.

60-Day Agency Response

We will send a copy of the letter from the County Superintendent directing the district to submit a corrective action plan as directed by the State Auditor.

  • Completion Date: January 2020
  • Response Date: February 2020

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

At our 6 month review, we hope to see that the Sacramento County Office of Education was successful in obtaining the corrective action plan from the Sacramento City Unified School District and the county office will have begun working with the district to correct the items identified in the audit.

All Recommendations in 2019-108

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.