An outside consultant has determined that the Burbank Unified School District — despite confusing record keeping that had raised accountability questions — accurately reported how it spent roughly $274 million during the past 15 years.
The findings in a report to a joint meeting of the City Council and school board on Tuesday was seen as a key part of building public trust as Burbank Unified officials set the stage for another school bond in 2013.
About $112.5 million in bonds for school improvements were approved by voters in 1997, and roughly $23 million of that was provided by the city, according to the report by Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman. Other money came from the state.
“I certainly, being new to the district, was anxious to see the outcome of the report,” Burbank Unified Supt. Stan Carrizosa said Monday. “I know there have been a number of changes, not just locally with [the administration] but in the actual accounting. Those of us working in the district know there have been a series of rule changes.”