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Progress Report: Lee County School District Has Implemented Best Practices and Is Eligible for State Seal, Report No. 05-50, October 2005
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Best Financial Management Practices Reviews by School Districts

  • On March 4, 2003, the Lee County School Board voted to implement the action plans in the Best Financial Management Practices Review (OPPAGA Report No. 02-58). OPPAGA developed these action plans to help the Lee 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.
  • As of August 2005, the district had implemented 113 of the 115 action plans contained in the OPPAGA report. In addition, it is taking steps needed to fully address the two remaining action plans. Thus, the district has put systems in place that should help it to significantly improve its management practices and increase its efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Because the district completed its implementation of many report action plans in the past year, it will require additional time to realize the full, five-year cost savings projected in the original report. Thus, we recommend that district administration report on a quarterly basis the status of the fiscal impact of these recommendations to the school board and public. We also recommend that the district monitor several issues to ensure that it continues to meet best practice standards.
  • OPPAGA recommends that the State Board of Education award the Seal of Best Financial Management to the Lee County School District.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 04-40   Progress Report: Lee County School District Not Yet Eligible for the State's Seal of Best Financial Management, published in June 2004.
Report No. 02-58 Best Financial Management Practices Review of the Lee County School District, published in November 2002.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

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

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.
  • Report No. 00-06 Performance Review: Lee County School District Saves $12.6 Million by Implementing Review Recommendations, published in August 2000.
  • Lee County School District Performance Review , published in May 1997.

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).
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