Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/13/14, 6:37 PM PST |

RIALTO >> The Rialto Unified School Board met behind closed doors Monday afternoon in the wake of a state audit that showed a failure to adhere to district purchasing policies extended to the highest levels of the organization.

In their report, which was presented in summary form to the board last week, auditors from the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team — FCMAT — warned of multiple instances of financial and management breakdowns within the district, which serves 26,596 students.

Issues included potential conflicts of interest; employee incentive purchases — despite no employee incentive policy existing; failure to adhere to district purchasing policies and in exercising appropriate oversight; orders placed without purchase orders; and contracts approved directly by the superintendent or his office, instead of going through proper procedures.

The problems were found to exist between 2009 and last year, according to district officials.

Board members had made no comment or decision as a result of the closed session.

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