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June 25, 2012



New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed an audit of the Aloma D. Johnson Fruit Belt Community Charter School.

“My office’s audits of school districts 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.”

The Aloma D. Johnson Fruit Belt Community Charter School – Building Lease (Erie County)
Auditors found no evidence that the board had fulfilled its fiduciary responsibility to the school by ensuring that it fully evaluated the choice of its school building. In fact, the board selected a building that was owned by an organization that it had extremely close ties to with no evidence that it is paying market value. In addition, the terms of the lease were not complied with as it appears that the school had been occupying and possibly renovating space that was not included in the lease agreement and without prior State Education Department approval.


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