Banda is certainly churning out the work as he exits. I hope there will be no last-minute surprises.
In order to improve accountability and transparency in Seattle Public Schools, Superintendent José Banda on Tuesday announced that Seattle Public Schools is establishing its own Office of Internal Audit and Ethics, reporting directly to the Seattle School Board.
The new office will be managed by current SPS Internal Auditor Andrew Medina, who will now also serve as the District’s Ethics Officer. Medina reports directly to the School Board and this new office will strengthen the governance system in place.
The Office of Internal Audit and Ethics will offer the same services that since 2011 have been provided by the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC): receiving and investigating complaints of violations of the District’s ethics policy and managing complaints of retaliation against whistleblowers. The office will oversee the district’s whistleblower hotline and website, and is committed to maintaining the anonymity of callers who wish to remain anonymous.
Medina, who came to Seattle Public Schools from the Port of Seattle when the district established an Office of Internal Audit in 2011, will continue to work independently, reporting directly to the chair of the School Board’s Audit and Finance Committee. Medina has 21 years of experience as both an internal auditor and auditor, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Public Accountant.
“We want to thank the City of Seattle and Seattle Elections and Ethics Commission Executive Director Wayne Barnett for their work over the past three years to assist SPS in developing an ethics policy and providing ethics training for district employees,” said Superintendent José Banda. “Andrew Medina has done an excellent job as internal auditor and is the perfect choice to provide oversight and management of this new office.”
Medina’s appointment is effective immediately. The new ethics hotline is 206-252-0004 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org. The website is http://bit.ly/SPSEthicsAudit. Anyone reporting a potential violation will be kept anonymous within the limits of the law.