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State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School District Audits

March 22, 2021

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

Dryden Central School District – Information Technology (Cortland County, Tioga County and Tompkins County)

The Board and District officials did not adequately safeguard personal, private and sensitive information (PPSI). Officials did not ensure information technology (IT) existing policies were enforced (or enforceable). In addition, officials did not ensure IT policies were up-to-date with current technology changes. User accounts were not regularly reviewed and unnecessary accounts were not disabled. Officials did not maintain up-to-date IT asset inventory records or enter into adequate written contracts with all IT service providers.

Whitesboro Central School District – Separation Payments (Herkimer County and Oneida County)

District officials did not ensure that separation payments are accurately calculated, supported and disbursed. Auditors questioned payments to three employees totaling $108,963. District officials paid two former administrators separation payments totaling $66,368 that were not supported by their individual employment contracts and were based on a board resolution adopted over 20 years before their contracts were approved. District officials also allowed a former assistant principal to retire early and receive a $42,595 separation payment and post-employment health benefits that he otherwise would not have been eligible for based on the collective bargaining agreement.

Wyoming Central School District – Professional Services (Genesee County and Wyoming County)

District officials did not always use a competitive method to procure professional services or enter into written agreements with service providers. The district paid 11 professional service providers a total of $189,000 without using requests for proposals as required by the district’s procurement policy.

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