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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Report Highlights

Warwick Valley Central School District - Professional Services (2019M-139)

Released: September 20, 2019 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Audit Objective

Determine whether the District procured professional services in accordance with Board policies and applicable statutory requirements.

Key Finding

  • District officials did not seek competition for professional services from four of the 12 professional service providers reviewed. These providers were paid $740,600 during the audit period.

Key Recommendations

The Board should:

  • Review and update the procurement policy to be sure it sets forth the expectations for the procurement of professional services.
  • Ensure that the procurement policy requirement that professional services be procured using requests for proposals (RFPs) is followed.

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

Background

The Warwick Valley Central School District (District) is located in Orange County and covers most of the Town of Warwick. Students in those portions of the town near the Village of Florida and the Village of Greenwood Lake attend other districts. The District is governed by the Board of Education (Board) which is composed of nine elected members. The Board is responsible for the general management and control of financial and educational affairs. The Superintendent of Schools is responsible, along with other administrative staff, for day-to-day management under the Board’s direction.

The Board appointed the Assistant Superintendent for Business as the purchasing agent who is responsible for implementing the procurement policy.

Quick Facts
Employees536
Enrollment3,500
2018-19 Appropriations$92.8 million
Professional Service Providers75
Amount Paid to Professional Service Providers$3.5 million

Audit Period

July 1, 2017 – March 31, 2019


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