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NYS Comptroller


Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Report Highlights

Homer Central School District - Criminal History Background Checks (2019M-76)

Released: June 21, 2019 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Audit Objective

Determine whether District officials effectively used District resources to ensure the safety of their students by performing proper criminal history background checks.

Key Finding

  • Officials did not perform fingerprint-supported criminal history background checks on nine out of 157 employees tested.

Key Recommendations

  • Discontinue allowing new employees to provide services to students prior to obtaining or confirming fingerprint clearances.
  • Conduct periodic checks of employee files to ensure that they have gone through proper criminal history background checks.

District officials agreed with our recommendations and indicated they planned to take corrective action.


The Homer Central School District (District) serves two towns in Cayuga County, seven towns in Cortland County, one town in Onondaga County and one town in Tompkins County. The District is governed by a Board of Education (Board), which comprises nine elected members. The Board is responsible for managing and controlling the District’s financial and educational affairs. The Superintendent of Schools (Superintendent) is responsible, along with other administrators, for the District’s day-to-day management.

Quick Facts
2018-19 Budgeted Appropriations$42.1 million
2018-19 Enrollment1,856
Number of Employees538
Number of Volunteers357

Audit Period

July 1, 2017 – November 28, 2018

We extended our scope back to July 1, 2001 for employee fingerprint testing and to January 8, 2013 for volunteer testing.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

Phone: (518) 474-4037; Email:
Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236