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Progress Report: St. Lucie School District Has Implemented Best Practices and Is Eligible For State Seal, Report No. 04-62, August 2004
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Best Financial Management Practices Reviews by School Districts

  • On May 13, 2003, the St. Lucie County School Board voted to implement the action plans in the Best Financial Management Practices Review (OPPAGA Report No. 03-26) published in April 2003. OPPAGA developed these action plans to help the St. Lucie County School District implement the best practices within two years, which would make the district eligible to receive the Seal of Best Financial Management from the State Board of Education.
  • The district has implemented all of the action plans and is now eligible for a Seal of Best Financial Management.  The district has substantially improved its management practices and increased its efficiency and effectiveness.  The district reports a positive fiscal impact of at least $680,000 since May 2003.
  • To continue to improve, the district should monitor certain issues, including test scores and discipline for ESE students, and take any additional actions needed to ensure that it maintains a strong financial position and continues to meet best practice standards.
  • OPPAGA recommends that the State Board of Education award the Seal of Best Financial Management to the St Lucie County School District.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 03-26 Best Financial Management Practices Review of the St. Lucie County School District, published in April 2003.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

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

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • 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. 04-10 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.

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