A wide ranging audit of Prince George’s Public schools will target four areas: programs and resources; transportation and facilities; business management; and information technology.

PG Audit

The Prince George’s County Board of Education, County Executive Rushern Baker and County Council discussed the upcoming audit April 19 during an open meeting at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. (Courtesy Photo)

The Prince George’s County Board of Education and County Council discussed the upcoming audit April 19 during an open meeting at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, MD.

“The purpose is identifying areas where our schools are making progress and areas where there are opportunities for improvement,” Council Chairman Derrick L. Davis (District 6) told attendees during the town hall. “A world class, 21st century school system is a priority for all of us.”

Parthenon-Ernst & Young, a strategy consultancy that helps companies improve their business operations; Strategic Solutions Center, which offers financial, technological and economic remedies to businesses; and UPD Consulting for public sector organizations in need of implementation and performance management reform, will oversee the audit.

Prince George’s County public schools have a budget of $1.7 billion.

Parthenon Managing Director Chris Librizzi told attendees that his goals are to provide a strong accounting of how the school system’s resources are being used and to make sure that the school district’s business processes reflect best practices at a national standard level.

The audit will examine budget and specialty programs, building services and maintenance, transportation, physical security of facilities, capital programs,payroll, accounts payable, finance and treasury, human resources technology, cyber security, disaster recovery, access and security controls, IT security, and IT investment.

According to Eubanks, the school system’s transportation system is among the top 10 most complicated in the nation. He said he hopes to find solutions to busing problems through the audit and encourages more families to speak out so their issues can be addressed.

“Your typical audit asks the question, ‘Are you spending the money well in the way you said you were going to spend?’” Eubanks said. “We’re asking, ‘Did it make a difference? Did it move the needle in student learning? Did it make us more efficient? Did it respond to the needs of our students and our families in the way we intended?’ Those are much more important questions.”

Several members of the County Council attended the town hall meeting including Mary Lehman (District 1), Andrea Harrison (District 5), and Karen Toles (District 7). Board of Education members present were Dinora Hernandez, Mary Roche, Sonya Williams and Carolyn Boston, and CEO Kevin Maxwell represented county schools.

“This is only really going to be a success if you all feel the findings are really actionable. This is not going to have been a worthwhile effort if the report from this project sits on the shelf. We want to make it clear that there’s a path forward from what we find,” Librizzi said