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October 18, 2007

DiNapoli Audit Finds Quogue School District has
Strong System of Controls Over Payroll

The Quogue Union Free School District’s payroll process is well managed and its fiscal controls are protecting taxpayer resources, according to an audit released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“Quogue proves there are school districts that get it right,” DiNapoli said. “The district established a good system to monitor its finances and, in doing so, is doing its part to protect taxpayer resources.”

Auditors found the district developed a strong system of internal controls for monitoring its payroll process. Auditors initially evaluated several additional areas of the district’s finances including financial oversight, cash receipts and disbursements, and purchasing and found that the district possessed limited risk for abuse or misuse of funds.

The audit focused on payroll and personal services from July 2005 through November 2006. The district followed employees’ salary agreements and collective bargaining contracts when paying employees and appropriately sought board approval for pay increases.

The district agreed with the audit’s findings and the district’s full response is included in the audit.

Cick here for a copy of the audit.

School District Accountability
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli requested and received an additional $2.7 million in 2007 to hire more staff to audit schools. In order to improve accountability of the state’s schools, the State Comptroller’s office will audit all of New York’s 832 school districts, Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and charters schools by 2010. The State Comptroller’s office has completed more than 270 school audits and has approximately 225 audits currently underway.


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