As you will see from the report you will receive in your Wednesday Madera Tribune, the Madera County Grand Jury this year did a great job. The Final Reports cover everything from the county landfill to the Madera Housing Authority.
Although Grand Juries of past years have pointedly criticized the county for its oversight of the landfill, this year, the county gets praise for addressing many of the landfill operation issues, including suing the present landfill operator to recover funds the Grand Jury claims were wrongly kept by the landfill operator.
The county library system gets praise for doing a good job, but under extreme stress from budgetary pressures.
One of the most interesting reports is the one about Minarets Charter School, the relatively new school that partners with Minarets High School. You will be surprised at how students are educated at that school, and especially over the fact that the charter school receives about $1,000 less per student than traditional schools receive. And here’s an especially bright observation: “The Grand Jury found that Minarets Charter School students are courteous, enthusiastic and show pride in their school.”
In a report on the Madera County Auditor’s Office, the Grand Jury found nothing to indicate any misfeasance in the discovery of an accumulated oversight of $11.2 million discovered last year. But it did find that some of the problems that have plagued the Auditor’s Office for years are still being addressed.
A Grand Jury investigation of the Auditor’s Office a few years ago led to the sudden retirement of then-Auditor Bob DeWall, whom the Grand Jury had charged with several counts of dereliction of duty.
The 16-page, very detailed report takes the reader on a tour of the county and the agencies that make it work.
You’ll enjoy reading it.