According to the auditor, Christy White Associates, CUSD’s financial statements did not reveal any major deficiencies.
“Once I heard the Auditor’s report I knew this was something our parents, students and all our staff needed to hear,” said CUSD Board President Satra Zurita. “It provides further evidence of our turnaround. We can actually brag about the effectiveness of our financial operations, and that’s not something very many Compton Unified school boards in the past have been able to do.”
The audit, designed essentially to find problems, discovered instead that the District is in full compliance with how it uses both federal and state funds. In fact, the auditor’s report found no “material weaknesses” and determined that all of the district’s financial statements are in accordance with accepted financial guidelines.
“Every year these audits look better,” said Alejandro Alvarez, CUSD’s Deputy Superintendent and Chief Accounting Officer. “The Board gave us clear direction to get our financial house in order and we believe that’s exactly what we’ve done.”
Test scores and graduation rates have been increasing in the Compton Unified School District in recent years as the Board and Administration have honed in on student success as a top priority.
“President Zurita is richly deserving of this recognition. She has been one of the main architects of the turnaround in the Compton schools, and it is gratifying to see that her great work is being acknowledged,” added Micah Ali, Compton Unified School Board Vice President.
The Men and Women of Influence award acknowledges members of the community that have used their respective platforms to create or work with grassroots organizations to support the improvement of the quality of living in the greater Los Angeles area.