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State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits

February 2, 2018

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of Clinton Central School District, Jordan-Elbridge Central School District, Queensbury Union Free School District and the Remsenburg-Speonk Union Free School District.

"In an era of limited resources and increased accountability, it's critical that schools make every dollar count," DiNapoli said. "By auditing school district and charter school finances and operations, my office continues to provide taxpayers the assurance that their money is being spent appropriately and effectively."

Clinton Central School District – Payroll (Oneida County)

District officials accurately calculated and paid gross salaries and wages. However, the head custodian did not sign custodial employees' time records as evidence of his review of their hours worked and did not preapprove in writing overtime to be worked.

Jordan-Elbridge Central School District – Financial Condition Management (Onondaga County)

The board has maintained general fund unrestricted fund balance close to the 4 percent statutory limit and the district's original budget variances were reasonable in total. However, the district made certain transfers to the capital projects fund each year that were not included in the original adopted budgets.

Queensbury Union Free School District – Extra-Classroom Activities (Warren County)

The student treasurers and faculty advisors of five extra-classroom activity clubs did not maintain adequate supporting documentation for 28 remittances totaling $36,079. District officials are unable to ensure that students are adequately remitting collections to the central treasurer in a timely manner.

Remsenburg-Speonk Union Free School District – Procurement (Suffolk County)

District officials did not always obtain quotes when making purchases. Of the 30 purchases totaling $160,066 reviewed, 10 purchases totaling $11,714 did not have the required quotes. In addition, purchases were not always requisitioned or authorized. Six of the 30 purchases reviewed, totaling $7,098, did not have requisition forms.

For access to state and local government spending, public authority financial data and information on 140,000 state contracts, visit Open Book New York. The easy-to-use website was created to promote transparency in government and provide taxpayers with better access to financial data.