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Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Wheatland-Chili Central School District – Procurement of Professional Services (2016M-12)

Released: May 27, 2016 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to evaluate the District’s process and procedures for the procurement of professional services for the period July 1, 2014 through November 23, 2015.


The Wheatland-Chili Central School District is located in the Towns of Chili, Wheatland and Brighton in Monroe County and the Town of Caledonia in Livingston County. The District, which operates two schools with approximately 690 students, is governed by an elected seven-member Board of Education. Budgeted appropriations for the 2015-16 fiscal year total approximately $17.4 million.

Key Findings

  • The procurement policy’s regulations do not provide guidance or requirements for seeking competition when procuring professional services.
  • District officials did not require purchasers to seek and document competition.

Key Recommendations

  • Require District officials to award professional service contracts only after soliciting competition.
  • Establish procedures to monitor and enforce compliance with the revised purchasing regulations.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

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