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Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits

October 24, 2019

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the following school district audits have been issued.

Byram Hills Central School District – Fixed Assets (Westchester County)

The board did not approve the disposal of assets with a book value of $4,483. Auditors found that district officials did not maintain up-to-date disposal records and 10 of 25 assets (40 percent) totaling $43,330 were not traced to locations.

East Irondequoit Central School District – Financial Management (Monroe County)

District officials circumvented the statutory limit on surplus fund balance by not using $3.7 million in appropriated fund balance as a financing source, improperly booking $3.6 million in encumbrances and improperly reserving $7.7 million for debt service.

Eastport-South Manor Central School District – Procurement of Professional Services (Suffolk County)

District officials did not use competitive methods to select 10 of 16 professional service providers who were paid more than $1 million during the audit period. Auditors also found officials did not have written agreements for four professional service providers who were paid $325,053 during the audit period.

Suffern Central School District – Financial Condition (Rockland County)

Over the last five years, budgeted expenditures were overestimated by a total of $16.4 million leading to $13.1 million of the appropriated fund balance not being used. Auditors determined the tax certiorari reserve may be overfunded by $13.4 million based on past settlement rates. In addition, the District does not have a comprehensive multiyear financial plan.

True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School – Information Technology (Monroe County)

The board did not adopt adequate IT policies or a disaster recovery plan. School officials did not provide IT security awareness training to staff. In addition, auditors found hardware and software inventory records were inaccurate and outdated. Sensitive IT control weaknesses were communicated confidentially to school officials.

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