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SAN JOSE, CA – At the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District (ARUSD) January 18 Board meeting, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) named the experts who will provide fiscal expertise to assist the district in strengthening its financial and operational processes. The district's fiscal challenges led to conditional approval of its budget by the SCCOE.
"We are committed to supporting the district's efforts to improve its financial operations and in turn better serve your students and your community," said Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, Interim County Superintendent of Schools. "Our office has selected the firm of Bill McGuire and Associates to work with ARUSD. Each of the three individuals on the team has over 30 years' experience in school business, administration, and leadership."
The three members of the Fiscal Expert will support the district from January through June and include:
In November of 2016, the SCCOE received an anonymous allegation that DelTerra Real Estate Services, Inc., fraudulently billed the ARUSD for construction and program management services. The County Office initiated an extraordinary audit conducted by the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) which concluded there is sufficient evidence that fraud or misappropriation of funds may have occurred. The school district was financially independent from the County Office running their own fiscal and accounting systems, but is now being brought back into the County Office's systems.
"I want to thank Superintendent Dewan and the County team for working tirelessly to help Alum Rock with fiscal transparency and better governance," commented Trustee Darcie Green, Santa Clara County Board of Education. "This is a district in my trustee area and where I served before joining the SCCOE Board. This work in partnership with the district, families and community directly reflects our mission of service to schools."
A recent review of the ARUSD fiscal year 2017-18 First Interim Report and the accompanying certification of financial solvency were completed by SCCOE staff. Based on careful review and analysis, SCCOE will report to the State Department of Education and the State Controller the district's budget as qualified certification. A qualified certification is assigned when the district may not meet its financial obligations for the current or two subsequent fiscal years.
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