San Diego Unified just issued a statement in response to a new county grand jury report that highlights misuse of student government funds, illegal fees for student activities and other problems, many of which were already uncovered by school district internal auditors.

The school district has until the end of August to write a detailed response to the concerns and recommendations. Its statement says, in part:

Prior to the release of the report, the district had already taken numerous actions related to the Grand Jury’s findings. The district Fraud Hotline, established in 2006, continues to provide an invaluable service for the district in combating waste, abuse and corruption. Investigations stemming from the Hotline have resulted in corrective action, including the discipline and termination of district employees as well as saving the district millions of dollars. …

Similarly, the Board of Education has been very proactive by having staff issue guidelines about the proper use of student fees, charges, deposits, donations and fundraising related to courses and activities were developed and distributed to all school sites in December 2009.


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