Brann Rebutta of Huff Audit Letter

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Written by 
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BY OLU ALEMORU and IWT Staff Writer 

Inglewood Schools permanent state trustee Don Brann – who was appointed last July and recently extended his contract for another three years – has hit out at what he called “an unnecessary” audit request by California Senate leader Bob Huff into the overtaken district.

Huff’s request came in a May 20 three-page letter to The Honorable Adam Gray, Chair, Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

“I respectfully request the Joint Legislative Audit Committee approve an audit of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (SPI, Tom Torlakson) implementation of SB 533 (Rod Wright, Chapter 325, Statutes of 2012), a measure appropriating funding for an emergency loan for the Inglewood Unified District (IUSD) and granting SPI ‘all legal rights, duties, and powers of the governing board’ of IUSD,” he wrote to Chairman Gray.

Both Gray and Huff were said to be in their respective constituencies Friday when Inglewood Today sought comments.

However, Brann, who disclosed to a reporter that this was the first he’d heard of the audit letter, decried the move and claimed that the district has undergone “serious improvement.”

“We must be the most reviewed agency in California right now,” he replied. “We’ve just had six people from John Chiang’s [California State Controller] office in here. There have [also] been [recent] reviews by FCMAT (Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team) and LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education).

“We can barely move forward [because we’re] continually pestered by audits. I don’t know where he [Huff] is coming from. What are the chances that it [the audit request] will get any traction coming from the Republican head of the Senate?”

Regarding his tenure, he added: “When I came in there was a structural deficit of $18.3 million, which is now $10.7 million. In the projections for 2014/15 that will be reduced to $2 million and the following year it’s projected to go into the black.”

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