The audit report we received last week is a thorough analysis of our district’s operations. We always appreciate an outside perspective of our system, and we value much of the feedback given in this report.
There is much in this report to consider, much we have already addressed and some we do not agree with. Of the 124 recommendations given to district administration, we agree with the vast majority of them and almost all of them are currently being implemented or have already been addressed.
The report identifies nearly equal amounts of savings that can be generated over the next five years and investments needed to improve services.
The most dramatic changes recommended in this report are to outsource three of our most vital non-academic functions. We have decided not to pursue those recommendations at this time. We have explored the risks and benefits of outsourcing these services in the past, and we determined that it was not worth any potential money to be saved. In fact, it could potentially cost the city more along with an expected degradation in service.
District improvement is an on-going effort, and we must always be thinking and practicing innovatively. We will continue to pore over this extensive report and make sure we consider every recommendation seriously.
The full Metro School Performance Audit report can be found on the Office of Internal Audit website.