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December 01, 2010

 

DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of the Mount Vernon Central School District



New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit: Mount Vernon City School District – Internal Controls Over Selected Operations.

“As Comptroller, I’m committed to using the audit process to make sure state and local governments run as efficiently as possible,” DiNapoli said.  “Mount Vernon City School District officials ignored the law when they failed to perform background checks for all prospective and current employees. This is not acceptable. It puts the students at risk and could expose the district to fines and penalties.  The district must do better.”

DiNapoli’s auditors found that although district officials developed personnel policies and procedures, they did not implement them and did not comply with state law regarding criminal background checks, State Education Department and Civil Service certifications and employment eligibility. As a result, the safety of the students within the district could have been compromised and the district could have incurred financial penalties.

Specifically, district officials did not perform required fingerprint-supported background checks for all prospective and current non-instructional employees who have direct contact with students, even though Education Law and district policy require such checks. In addition, a building principal did not have the required New York State certification during our audit period, two new positions were not properly processed for certification by the local Civil Service Commission, and the district did not have federal employment eligibility forms on file for four of the 10 employees in our review.

Lastly, district officials failed to establish sufficient internal controls over the key components of the district’s IT system. There were no processes in place for the assignment of user access rights or notification of changes in employee status, and district officials did not develop a disaster recovery plan or a process to assess risk and classify data according to risk level.

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