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June 22, 2011


Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of the Sachem Central School District and Sagaponack Common 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.”

Sachem Central School District - Internal Controls Over Purchasing (Suffolk County)
Overall, auditors found that the district had established adequate internal controls over purchasing and that the controls were working effectively.

Sagaponack Common School District - Non-Resident Tuition (Suffolk County)
The board adopted a non-resident tuition rate of $3,000 per student for 2010-11. The maximum tuition the board could charge, according to the SED formula was $52,179 per student. In 2010-11, five of the district's students were non-residents for whom the District billed and collected tuition totaling $15,000. Auditors found no evidence that students from other districts significantly increase the district's costs. Therefore, while the district is not charging the SED approved rate, the tuition it is collecting helps cover a small portion of the district's costs.

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