Budget development will begin each year immediately following the January announcement of the Governor’s K-12 budget proposals and continually refined through the May Revise and through the final State Budget Act. Budgeted resources will be consistent with goals identified by the Governing Board and set forth within the school’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The first and second interim financial report are submitted to LAUSD, the authorizing agency, on November 30th and February 15, respectively each year. Any other audits will be at the requesting authority’s expense. The following budget items will be submitted to LAUSD in the following manner – the provisional budget in the spring of the previous year, the final budget in July of the new school year, the unaudited actuals in July of the new school year, the audited actuals in November, classification/statistical reports on a monthly basis, the P1 report in the first week of January, the P2 report in the first week of April. Budgets will be developed with a focus on allowing the redirection of spending priorities to provide leverage for fundamental changes, linking budget to student outcomes, and striving to be program-driven instead of formula-driven, with a focus on the federal and state programs, including the LCAP and other categorical programs (such as Title I, II, and III).
Audited Financial Statements
An independent audit by a public accountant certified by the State of California is performed annually for all accounts. The auditors have extensive experience with education finance. Audited financial reports (for the fiscal year ending June 30th) prepared by an independent CPA at the school’s expense will be submitted annually to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Los Angeles County of Education (LACOE), and the California Department of Education (CDE). LAAAE’s financial statements will be audited in accordance with generally accepted accounting principals and standards. Any other audits will be at the requesting authority’s expense. In the event that the auditor’s report finds discrepancies or exceptions, LAAAE and the authorizing agency will agree upon a process that will lead to the resolution of the discrepancies to the satisfaction of all parties. LAAAE also acknowledges its responsibility to respond to requests for information by the authorizing agency in a timely manner. The Principal and/or designee will be responsible for contracting and overseeing the independent audit. The final audit will be presented to the Governing Board of Directors. Independent auditors generally request banking, accounting and systems information from the school that they will be auditing. As the request for this information is received at the school, LAAAE will prepare and submit all information to the auditors so that they may conduct their preaudit inspection. Auditors then submit a list of items, checks, invoices, and accounting information that they will be inspecting during their onsite audit. All those documents will be prepared and ready for the auditors for when they arrive. Any questions or clarifications to the accounting procedures, revenues and expenditures will be made during the site visits.