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May 30, 2012

 

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audits of the Queensbury Union Free School District, South Glens Falls Central School District, Starpoint Central School District and the Wells 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.”


Queensbury Union Free School District – Server Virtualization Technology (Warren County)
By changing its server set up to a virtual configuration, the district was able to realize almost $98,000 in cost savings over its five-year replacement period for its computer resources.

South Glens Falls Central School District – Student Access to Information Technology (Saratoga County)
Some district computers allowed students to access personal accounts through the internet, including an external instant messaging program for chats with outside contacts. This not only allows students to use district resources and class time for non-educational purposes, but also exposes them to potentially inappropriate or exploitative communications from outside users.

Starpoint Central School District – Financial Condition and Capital Project (Niagara County)
The district has accumulated more than $5 million that could be used to benefit taxpayers. As of June 30, 2011, the district overstated certain liabilities by $1.6 million, overfunded certain reserves by $1.7 million and appropriated approximately $1.7 million of fund balance that is not needed.

Wells Central School District – Internal Controls Over Claims Processing (Hamilton County)
The school board did not adequately oversee the claims audit function and did not establish policies and procedures outlining the claims auditor’s responsibilities. The audit also found the board did not develop and adopt a job description for the claims auditor position.



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