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Antelope Valley Union HSD |  BP  3460  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Financial Reports And Accountability   

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The Board of Trustees is committed to ensuring the fiscal health of the district and providing public accountability. The Board shall adopt sound fiscal policies, oversee the district's financial condition, and ensure that the financial systems support the district's goals for student achievement.

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

(cf. 3110 - Transfer of Funds)

(cf. 3300 - Expenditures/Expending Authority)

(cf. 3430 - Investing)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide the Board with financial reports throughout the year in accordance with law and as otherwise requested by the Board.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all financial reports, are prepared in accordance with law and in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles and financial reporting standards stipulated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and the California Department of Education (CDE). He/she shall establish a system of ongoing internal controls to ensure the reliability of financial reporting.

(cf. 3400 - Management of District Assets/Accounts)

When required by law or the Board, the Superintendent or designee shall submit to the Board reports of the district's financial status, including, but not limited to, any report specified in this Board policy or accompanying administrative regulation. When any such report must be approved by the Board prior to its submission to a local, state, and/or federal agency, the Superintendent or designee shall provide the report to the Board in sufficient time to enable the Board to carefully review the report and meet any applicable submission deadline.

The Board shall regularly communicate the district's financial position to the public and shall use financial reports to determine what actions and budget amendments, if any, are needed to ensure the district's financial stability.

If district conditions predict fiscal distress or indicate that the district might not be able to meet its fiscal obligations, the Board and Superintendent or designee shall act quickly to identify and resolve these conditions. The Board shall work cooperatively with the County Superintendent of Schools to improve the district's fiscal health and may contract with an external individual or organization to advise the district on fiscal matters.

The Board may establish an audit committee composed of staff knowledgeable in fiscal matters, other staff, and representatives of the community. The committee shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Board and shall:

Audit Committee

1. Make recommendations regarding the selection of the external independent auditor in accordance with Education Code 41020 and 41020.5

2. Review the plan for the audit process with the independent auditor to determine the adequacy of the nature, scope, and timetable of the audit

3. Review the results of the audit and participate with the independent auditor and management in preparing final recommendations and responses

4. Participate with the independent auditor in presenting the audit report to the Board twice annually.

5. Review Board policies and administrative regulations to recommend any revisions needed to ensure effective financial reporting

6. Provide input on the effectiveness of the independent auditor

7. Periodically report to the Board regarding the status of previous audit recommendations for improving the accounting and internal control systems

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

Legal Reference:


14500-14508 Financial and compliance audits

17150 Public disclosure of non-voter-approved debt

33127 Standards and criteria for local budgets and expenditures

33128 Standards and criteria; inclusions

33129 Standards and criteria; use by local agencies

35035 Powers and duties of superintendent

41010-41023 Accounting system

41326 Emergency apportionment

41344 Repayment of apportionment significant audit exceptions

41344.1 Appeals of audit findings

41455 Examination of financial problems of local districts

42100-42105 Requirement to prepare and file annual statement

42127.6 School district operations monitoring; financial obligation nonpayment

42130-42134 Financial reports and certifications

42140-42142 Public disclosure of fiscal obligations


3540.2 School district; qualified or negative certification; proposed agreement review and comment

16429.1 Local agency investment fund

53646 Reports of investment policy and compliance


15070 Submission of reports using standardized account code structure

15453-15463 Criteria and standards for school district interim reports

15480-15490 Criteria and Standards for County Office of Education Reports

Management Resources:


Maximizing School Board Governance: Fiscal Accountability, 2005


1208.00 Audit Resolution Process: Repayment Plans


Statement 34, Basic Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis - For State and Local Governments, June 1999

Statement 45, Accounting and Financial Reporting by Employers for Post-employment Benefits Other Than Pensions, June 2004


Financial Audit Manual, revised 2003


Standards and Procedures for Audits of California K-12 Local Educational Agencies (annual publication)



California Association of School Business Officials:

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association:

California Department of Education, Finance and Grants:

Education Audit Appeals Panel:

Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team:

Governmental Accounting Standards Board:

School Services of California:

State Controller's Office:

U.S. Government Accounting Office: http://www.gao.govPolicy


adopted: November 13, 1990 Lancaster, California

revised: April 16, 2003

revised: June 4, 2008

revised: September 6, 2017