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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Syosset Central School District – Administrative Costs (2011M-108)


Released: February 17, 2012 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to assess the administrative costs that the District incurred for the period July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010.

Background

The Syosset Central School District is located in the Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County. The District is governed by the Board of Education which comprises nine elected members. The District’s budgeted expenditures of $178 million for the 2008-09 fiscal year and $185.6 million for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Key Findings

  • For 2008-09 and 2009-10, the District’s administrative salary costs were higher – by amounts ranging from $1.2 million to $2.7 million more - than the average costs of administrative salaries at comparable districts in four separate comparisons.
  • During the same two-year period, the District paid almost $420,000 more for fringe benefits for its three top administrators than did the three comparison districts with similar needs and resources that we selected. Further, the District paid about $432,000 more for fringe benefits for its three top administrators than did the comparison districts selected by District officials.

Key Recommendations

  • Explore administrative staffing alternatives to bring administrative costs in line with those of comparable districts.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

Phone: (518) 474-4037; Email: localgov@osc.state.ny.us
Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236