(a) The governing board of a school district shall, no later than five working days after the receipt of a candidate list from the Superintendent pursuant to Section 42127.1, select a budget review committee, and the Superintendent shall convene the committee no later than five working days following that selection. If the governing board of the school district fails to select a committee within the period of time permitted by this subdivision, the Superintendent instead shall select and convene the budget review committee no later than 10 working days after the district's receipt of the candidate list.
(b) On or before November 30, the budget review committee shall review the proposed budget of the district and the underlying fiscal policies of the school district and transmit to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the county superintendent of schools, and the governing board of the school district either of the following:
(1) The recommendation that the school district budget be approved.
(2) A report disapproving the school district budget and setting forth recommendations for revisions to the school district budget that would enable the district to meet its financial obligations both in the current fiscal year and with regard to the district's multiyear financial commitments.
(c) The Superintendent may extend the deadline set forth in subdivision (b) for a period of not more than 15 working days.
(d) The Superintendent shall establish criteria and procedures governing the performance by budget review committees of their duties pursuant to this section.
(e) Upon request of the county superintendent of schools, the Controller's office may conduct an audit or review of the fiscal condition of the school district in order to assist a budget review committee or regional review committee for the purposes of this section.
(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 19, Sec. 46.)