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August 18, 2010


DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of Laurens Central School District

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit: Laurens Central School District - Transportation Cost Savings.

"My office's audits of local governments improve their financial management practices," DiNapoli said. "These audits are tools for local officials to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide the best possible service these taxpayer dollars can deliver. Laurens Central School District officials need to make sure their transportation system is running at optimal efficiency in order to save taxpayer dollars and protect the environment."

DiNapoli’s auditors found that the district’s reassessment of how the students are bused, and the improvements that district officials are planning to make, could achieve significant cost savings and yield environmental benefits. If district officials lowered the bus capacity with the elimination of a route, they could achieve a savings of $224,334 over a five-year period.

Auditors also found that if district officials replaced a 65-passenger bus with a 36-passenger bus, they could achieve an estimated $15,871 in cost savings over a five-year period.

In addition to cost savings, these improvements would yield environmental benefits. Over a five-year period, the district could save 4,990 gallons of diesel fuel, which equates to 110,928 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

For a full copy of the audit, see: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/schools/2010/laurens.pdf

If you have any questions, or would like a comment from the Comptroller’s press office regarding this audit, please call 518-474-4015, or send an email to press@osc.state.ny.us.

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