Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audits of BOCES’ Non-Instructional Services and the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District.
“My office’s audits of school districts and BOCES help schools improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools for schools to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide students with the best possible education.”
Cost-Effectiveness of BOCES’ Non-Instructional Services
Auditors found that BOCES’ costs for non-instructional services are generally higher than the costs districts would pay if they performed the services themselves. In 28 of the 47 instances in which auditors were able to compare costs of non-instructional services at participating districts, they found that BOCES’ costs were more than 56 percent higher, on average, than districts’ costs for delivering the same services. Primarily due to the availability of BOCES state aid, however, districts continue to contract for BOCES’ higher-cost non-instructional services.
Monroe-Woodbury Central School District – Budget Review (Orange County)
Based on the results of the review, auditors found that the significant revenue and expenditure projections in the tentative budget are reasonable. The district’s proposed budget complies with the property tax law.