by Winston Chua
ARCADIA – The Arcadia Unified School District Tuesday nightreceived two unqualified audits reports for the fiscal year ending in 2009,meaning an independent auditing company found no errors or misrepresentationsin their budget, programs and financial records. The reports centered on bothgeneral and Measure I funding.
“We’re proud thatwe’ve been able to continue to achieve despite the budget problem,” Arcadiaschool board member Joann Steinmeier said. Still she says the district willlikely get “whacked” when the governor’s budget projections come out next year.
The second unqualified audit focused on the $218 million MeasureI bond to pay for school construction on all 10 of its campuses. As far as thehigh school is concerned, there will be a new student services building onCampus Drive in late summer of 2010 and a new science center along Duarte Road alsoby the end of summer, 2010. Construction for a new performing arts building alongCampus Drive should begin in the fall of 2010.
Arcadia is also in the midst of ushering in a new studentdata system that promises to revamp the old one. Called Power School,Steinmeier said the new system will havegreater capacity for integrating test results, attendance, pulling reports fromdisparate places, record keeping and grade books, to name a few. The projecthas been in the making for a year and a half. The project should be complete inthe fall.
The Arcadia district is hoping there will be no mid yearcuts for staff and faculty. If cuts are deep, they could start to layoffworkers by March 15.
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