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Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School District Audits

April 17, 2020

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

Cuba-Rushford Central School District – Financial Management (Allegany County and Cattaraugus County)

The district’s financial reserve plan states that the district will reduce surplus fund balance as recommended by Comptroller DiNapoli’s previous report and the board’s fund balance policy states that it will strive to ensure that surplus fund balance does not exceed 4 percent. Surplus fund balance continued to consistently exceed the 4 percent limit by an annual average of 9 percentage points, or approximately $2 million. The board and district officials consistently overestimated appropriations and appropriated fund balance for planned operating deficits that never occurred.

Monticello Central School District – Fund Balance Management (Sullivan County)

The Board overestimated appropriations from 2016-17 through 2018-19, helping result in $12.1 million in appropriated fund balance not being used to finance operations. In addition, the district’s recalculated surplus fund balance exceeded the statutory limit each of the last three fiscal years by 12.3 to 16.3 percentage points. As of June 30, 2019, the District overfunded one reserve by $820,000.

South Colonie Central School District – Allocation of Personnel Costs (Albany County)

District officials accurately allocated personnel costs between district and state grant activities Auditors found total personnel costs of $745,262, of which $358,384 was funded using general fund money, were adequately supported and properly allocated. Except for minor discrepancies, which auditors discussed with district officials, teacher center personnel costs of $434,790 were supported, properly allocated and accurately reported as teacher center costs.

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