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April 11, 2013

 

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of Credit Recovery Programs in School Districts, the Fabius-Pompey Central School District and the North Colonie Central School District.

“My office’s audits of school districts, charter schools and BOCES help schools improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools for schools to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide students with the best possible education.”

Helping Students Get Course Credit: Credit Recovery Programs in School Districts (2012MS-8)
Auditors found that all eight school districts reviewed provided evidence to show, to the State Education Department’s (SED) satisfaction, that Credit Recovery Programs (CRPs) aligned with state learning standards. SED’s current measure of satisfactory alignment, however, is very easy to meet. More explicit expectations for demonstrating alignment with current standards would provide better assurance that online CRPs provide intensive instruction in a subject that is equivalent to teacher-provided classroom instruction.

Fabius-Pompey Central School District – Budget Review (Onondaga County)
Auditors found that the significant revenue and expenditure projections in the proposed budget are reasonable. The school district’s proposed budget currently includes a tax levy that is over the statutory limit by $58,246.

North Colonie Central School District – Claims Processing (Albany County)
The school board adopted claims processing policies which require all claims to be audited prior to payment except for certain allowed exceptions. District policy requires the claims auditor to ensure that all claims are properly authorized, itemized, supported and that goods and services have been received in the amount and price as ordered prior to payment.

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