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Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Tapestry Charter School – Procurement (2017M-203)

Released: January 12, 2018 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to determine whether School officials used a competitive process to procure goods and services for the period July 1, 2015 through July 26, 2017.


The Tapestry Charter School, located in the City of Buffalo, is a public school that is not under the local school board’s control. The School, which has approximately 800 students, is governed by an 11-member Board of Trustees. Operating expenses for the 2016-17 fiscal year totaled approximately $11.6 million.

Key Findings

  • The Board did not adopt a comprehensive purchasing policy.
  • School officials made payments to 12 vendors totaling $272,884 that required quotes, but did not obtain the required quotes for six of these vendors paid $112,611 (or 41 percent) for goods and services.

Key Recommendations

  • Adopt a comprehensive purchasing policy to provide detailed guidance for School officials and employees involved with the procurement process.
  • Seek competition and obtain quotes for purchases as required by the policy.

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