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Finn Academy: An Elmira Charter School - Information Technology (2018M-141)

Released: November 2, 2018 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Audit Objective

Determine whether Board and School officials effectively managed information technology (IT) assets.

Key Findings

  • The Board did not develop adequate IT policies and procedures.
  • School officials did not provide IT security awareness training to employees.
  • The Board did not develop a disaster recovery plan.

Sensitive IT control weaknesses were communicated confidentially to officials.

Key Recommendations

  • Adopt written IT policies and procedures.
  • Provide periodic IT security awareness training to personnel who use IT resources, including the importance of physical security and protection of personal, private, sensitive information (PPSI).
  • Develop a disaster recovery plan.
  • Address the IT recommendations communicated confidentially.

School officials disagreed with certain aspects of our findings and recommendations, but indicated they planned to initiate corrective action. Appendix B includes our comments on issues raised in the School’s response letter.


The Finn Academy: An Elmira Charter School (School), located in the City of Elmira, is governed by a Board of Trustees (Board) composed of six members. School officials contract with a certified public accounting firm for overall financial management and bookkeeping services. The Board appoints a Chief Operations Officer (COO), who is responsible, for the day-to-day management under the Board’s direction.

School officials contract with three service providers for IT support.

Quick Facts
Grades ServedKindergarten – Grade 5
IT Users385

Audit Period

July 1, 2016 – June 26, 2018

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

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Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
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