Dobbs Ferry UFSD Gets Good Grades in DiNapoli Audit
Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District’s controls over purchasing are effectively safeguarding district assets, according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
“The Dobbs Ferry audit proves that school districts can get it right the first time with the right tools and policies in place,” said DiNapoli. “School officials should be commended for their work, and taxpayers can rest assured the district is making the best use of their tax dollars when making purchases.”
An effective procurement process obtains the best quality of goods and services at the lowest possible price in compliance with district policy and the law. This helps to ensure that officials are making the best use of taxpayer dollars. General Municipal Law (GML) and the district policy require that purchases and public work contracts, when exceeding aggregate amounts of $10,000 and $20,000 respectively, during a fiscal year, be publicly advertised for bids and awarded to the lowest responsible bidder.
Exceptions to the competitive bidding requirements include purchases of materials, equipment or supplies that are made under state, county, and local Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) contracts, professional services, emergency purchases, or when the particular goods or services are available from only one source.
Auditors selected a sample of 19 of the vendors the district used. During the period July 2006 to July 2007, the district made payments totaling $1.1 million to these vendors. Auditors examined $312,355 of these payments to determine whether the district followed GML and its own policies when procuring goods and services. Auditors found no material deficiencies in the district’s compliance with state law or district policy.
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School District Accountability
To improve accountability of the state’s schools, DiNapoli’s office will audit all of New York’s 834 school districts, Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and charter schools by 2010. The State Comptroller’s office has completed 490 school audits, with approximately 200 school audits currently underway.