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Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Rochester Career Mentoring Charter School – Procurement (2016M-406)

Released: January 13, 2017 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to review the School’s procurement practices for the period July 1, 2014 through July 29, 2016.


The Rochester Career Mentoring Charter School, which is located in the City of Rochester in Monroe County, is a public school financed by local, State and federal resources that is not under the control of the local school board. The School, which had 209 enrolled students during the 2015-16 year, is governed by an eight-member Board of Trustees. The School’s 2015-16 operating expenses totaled $3.4 million.

Key Findings

  • The Board has not established adequate written policies or procedures for procuring services.
  • School officials did not always seek competition when procuring goods and services.

Key Recommendations

  • Adopt a procurement policy with clear language addressing the procurement of services and prescribing methods for soliciting competition.
  • Seek competition and obtain written quotes for purchases as required by the School’s charter.

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