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Elmira Heights Central School District - Nonresident Tuition (2019M-120)

Released: August 16, 2019 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Audit Objective

Determine whether District officials accurately and timely billed nonresident student tuition.

Key Finding

  • Although District officials billed most nonresident tuition accurately and timely, they did not timely bill for nonresident students placed in the District.

Key Recommendation

  • Implement procedures specifying the timely submission of attendance dates for nonresident students placed at the District to the School Business Executive.

District officials agreed with our recommendation and indicated they plan to initiate corrective action.


The Elmira Heights Central School District (District) serves the Towns of Big Flats, Elmira and Horseheads, all in Chemung County. The District is governed by an elected seven-member1 Board of Education (Board) which is responsible for the general management and control of the District’s financial and educational affairs.

The Superintendent of Schools (Superintendent) is the District’s chief executive officer and is responsible, along with other administrative staff, for the day-to-day management under the direction of the Board. The School Business Executive2 is responsible for accounting for the District’s finances, maintaining accounting records and preparing financial reports.

Quick Facts
# of School Buildings3
# of Students1,066
# of Nonresident students as of March 26, 201966
2019-20 Budgeted Appropriations$22.8 million

Audit Period

July 1, 2017 - June 5, 2019

1 As of April 22, 2019, the District had six Board members and one vacant seat.

2 The School Business Executive is a Greater Southern Tier Board of Cooperative Educational Services employee.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

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Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236