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Sacramento City Unified School District Update

    Subject of Investigation

    The Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) provides educational services to 49,000 students. The District is

    governed by a seven-member elected school board and managed by an appointed superintendent.

    Reason for Investigation

    Many of the issues raised by the 1994-95 Grand Jury will require a long-term commitment by the SCUSD and are not issues that can be resolved in a short period of time. The 1994-1995 Sacramento County Grand Jury in its final report made 21 recommendations and required a response by September 30, 1995, from the SCUSD Board of Education. The 1995-96 Grand Jury received a copy of the "Final Report," dated October 11, 1995. All issues raised by the 1994-1995 Grand Jury were addressed in the response from the school district.

    While the 1995-1996 Grand Jury was reviewing the responses and meeting with staff from SCUSD, the Report of the Mayor's Commission on Education and the City's Future was released to the public. The Mayor's Commission recommended "a comprehensive, specific, and universally accepted three-year plan to turn around educational results."

    Procedures

    The Grand Jury interviewed district staff, reviewed the response from the district, reviewed the Mayor's Commission and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assessment Team (FCMAT) report and subsequent follow- up reports.

    Findings

    The SCUSD prepared a detailed response to those issues identified by the 1994-1995 Grand Jury.

    The District prepared a detailed response to the issues identified by FCMAT.

    The Board of Education approved $1.3 million to implement the District's Turnaround Plan based upon the Mayor's Commission's findings.

    The FCMAT update of March 18, 1996, noted significant improvement in a number of areas such as technology, Business Services, refinancing COP (certificates of participation) payments, the implementation of Schools Administrative Student Information (SASI) system at seven sites, and more personnel services to sites. The FCMAT update, however, also noted that there are still excess school sites and surplus property, problems with District leadership, and school maintenance.

    Recommendations

    The Grand Jury recommends that:

    · The Sacramento City Unified School District should continue to publicly monitor and update its response to the 1994-95 Grand Jury

    · The District should continue to publicly monitor and update its response to the FCMA T recommendations

    · The District should continue to develop and update its Turnaround Plan

    Response Required

    The Penal Code requires responses to the recommendations contained in this report be submitted to the Presiding Judge of the Sacramento County Superior and Municipal Courts by September 30, 1996, from:

    Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education

1995/96 Sacramento County Grand Jury - Final Report (Internet Version) June 30, 1996

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