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Governor signs legislation canceling attendance audits

Source: West Contra Costa Unified School District

Superintendent Gloria Johnston has announced that
Governor Gray Davis signed legislation Sept. 30 that cancels the state
attendance audits of California school districts initiated by the State
Controller’s Office (SCO). The West Contra Costa Unified School
District was the first district selected by the SCO for the re-audit of
1996-97 attendance records. The district subsequently challenged the
SCO’s findings in court.

“We thank the governor and his administration for playing an active role
in resolving this seven-year-old issue of the attendance audits, which
has tied up our dollars that would have otherwise have been used for
today’s students, ” said Dr. Johnston. “We also owe many thanks to the
numerous staff members and administrators who responded to the re-audit
by providing records and information to the state. Throughout this
burdensome process they have stayed focused on our Literacy Initiative
and have not been dissuaded from our common task of building a
high-performing school district.

“In particular, I would like to especially thank Senator Tom Torlakson
and Assemblywoman Dion Aroner for their unwavering support and
leadership in resolving the attendance audit and relieving the district
of a potential threat to our financial well-being. Their persistence
has resulted in huge dividends for our district and our students, and
for that we will be forever grateful,” Dr. Johnston said

“It’s been a long process, so the fact that we’ve finally reached
resolution on this matter is of great satisfaction,” said Dr. Fred
Stewart, the district’s Fiscal Trustee. “Now the district can take the
re-audit off its plate and move on with educating kids.”

Other organizations supporting the West Contra Costa Unified School
District’s efforts to cancel the re-audit process include the California
School Boards Association and the California Teachers Association.

Run dates: 2002-10-01 - 2002-10-15

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