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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Report Highlights

North Bellmore Union Free School District - Procurement of Professional Services (2019M-95)

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

Audit Objective

Determine whether the Board adhered to the law and District policy when procuring professional services.

Key Findings

The Board did not:

  • Comply with the law and use a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process when contracting for the annual audit.

District officials did not:

  • Always comply with District policy to procure professional services. Our review of procedures District officials used to select 17 professional service providers showed that they did not seek competition when selecting six service providers, who were paid a total of $437,732 during the audit period.

Key Recommendations

  • Use a competitive RFP process when contracting for the annual audit and repeat the process at least every five years as required by law.
  • Ensure that District officials and personnel comply with the District’s purchasing policy when procuring professional services.

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

Background

The North Bellmore Union Free School District (District) is located in the Town of Hempstead in Nassau County. The District is governed by an elected five-member Board of Education (Board). The Board is responsible for the general management and control of financial and educational affairs. The Superintendent of Schools is the chief executive officer and is responsible, along with other administrative staff, for day-to-day management under the Board’s direction. The Assistant Superintendent for Business (Assistant Superintendent), who is also the purchasing agent, oversees the District’s business operations and purchasing.

Quick Facts
2018-19 General Fund Appropriations$57.2 million
Enrollment2,062
Professional Service Providers During Audit Period22
Total Paid for Professional Services During the Audit Period$1.6 million

Audit Period

July 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018


Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

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