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Best Financial Management Practices Review of the Miami-Dade County School District, Report No. 02-25, April 2002
 
Table of Contents
Digest
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Statistical Profile of Miami-Dade County School District
Chapter 3: Management Structures
Chapter 4: Performance Accountability System
Chapter 5: Educational Service Delivery
Chapter 6: Administrative and Instructional Technology
Chapter 7: Personnel Systems and Benefits
Chapter 8: Use of Lottery Proceeds
Chapter 9: Use of State and District Construction Funds
Chapter 10: Facilities Construction
Chapter 11: Facilities Maintenance
Chapter 12: Student Transportation
Chapter 13: Food Service Operations
Chapter 14: Cost Control Systems
Chapter 15: Community Involvement
Appendix A: Action Plans

Best Financial Management Practices Reviews by School Districts


The 2001 Legislature directed that OPPAGA conduct a Best Financial Management Practices Review of the Miami-Dade County School District. In accordance with Florida law, OPPAGA contracted with Berkshire Advisors, Inc., a private consulting firm, to conduct this review. Berkshire Advisors, Inc., under the direction of OPPAGA and Auditor General staff, assessed the performance of the district in 13 managerial and operational areas. The review found that the district was using 61% (130 of 214) of the best practices. OPPAGA made the final determination on the district's use of best practices based on information in the final report and in consultation with Berkshire Advisors, Inc. If the review recommendations are implemented, the Miami-Dade County School District could experience a positive fiscal impact of $509,993,500 over five years, according to the consultant's report. The district could attain the Seal of Best Financial Management in two years if it implements report action plans.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Student Transportation
Educational Facilities
Public Schools (K-12 Education)
School Improvement, Assessment, and Accountability

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 05-04 Miami-Dade County School District Making Progress But Not Yet Eligible for the State's Seal of Best Financial Management, published in February 2005.
  • Report No. 04-32 Information Brief: Some School Districts Can Take Steps to Reduce Their Food Service Costs and Ensure Self-Sufficiency, published in May 2004.
  • Report No. 04-26 Information Brief: With Effective Planning, Accountability, and Oversight, School Districts Can Successfully Outsource Services, published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 04-21 ┬áMiami-Dade County School District Not Yet Eligible for the State's Seal of Best Financial Management, published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 04-10 Information Brief: School Districts Can Take Steps to Substantially Reduce Their Transportation Costs, published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 03-62 Information Brief: School Districts Can Take Steps to Reduce Facility Operating Costs Through Conservation, Productivity, published in November 2003.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
e-mail address: oppaga@oppaga.fl.gov


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