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September 15, 2009

 

DiNapoli's Office Completes School Audit

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed an audit of Granville 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.”

Granville Central School District – Internal Controls Over Selected Financial Operations (Washington County)
Auditors found district officials did not adequately segregate duties over the business office’s financial operations. The business manager oversees the business office and also serves as the district treasurer and purchasing agent with little oversight of her work. District officials also did not establish proper controls over the district’s payroll process. The payroll clerk developed and implemented her own informal procedures. Also, district officials did not have a system in place to track the accrual and use of compensatory time. The duties of employees involved in the payroll process were not adequately segregated and the few mitigating controls in place over payroll did not adequately compensate for the overall lack of segregation of duties. Finally, a member of the district’s board of education had a prohibited interest in business the district conducted with a local vendor. The district paid $5,014 for services in 2007-08 and $6,423 in 2008-09 to a printing company owned and operated by the spouse of a member of the board of education.

Click here to view the audit above. If you have any questions or would like a comment from the Comptroller’s office regarding the audit above, please call 518-474-4015.

School District Accountability
In order to improve accountability of the state’s schools, DiNapoli’s office will audit all of New York’s school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services by 2010. The State Comptroller’s office has completed 640 school audits and approximately 85 school audits are currently underway.


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