Complaints for Santa Clara County Grand Jury realted to Financial Misconduct in CCS

Has CCS been overspending and misusing public school funds ? The following link is the 2008 -2009 Santa Clara County Grand Jury Report related to public school finances in Santa Clara County. The report fails to recognize that CCS/CIF places financial burdens on local school districts that take education dollars out of the classroom as well. In 2008-2009 the Grand Jury was shocked at some of the compensation packages of school administrators and board members. Those packages look like chump change when compared to the CCS Commissioner’s salary , expenses, retirement package and office expenses. In addition , member schools are clearly paying top dollar for bad management . The CCS staff that earns such hefty paychecks have failed more than 30% of the time to file their own payroll reports in a timely manner as required . The CCS staff has incurred large legal and accounting fees to manage the audits for their own retirement packages and member schools have no outlet to reasonably control these costs. Upon review of CCS financial reports, CIF financial procedures and a 2010 CalPERS audit we find that misconduct in the finances of CCS is not only present, it also serves to expose member schools to additional financial risks as legal and accounting fees soar to address mismanagement. We call on CCS board and committee members to be mindful of their fiduciary responsibility and take action to reduce financial risks for member schools that simply cannot afford these escalating costs and associated risks.




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Grassroots organization providing information to ensure fairness, transparency and accountability of CIF's Central Coast Section.

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