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February 17, 2016, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of the Arlington Central School District, Brocton Central School District, Mineola Union Free School District and the Penn Yan Central School District.

“In an era of limited resources and increased accountability, it’s critical that schools make every dollar count,” DiNapoli said. “By auditing school district and charter school finances and operations, my office continues to provide taxpayers the assurance that their money is being spent appropriately and effectively.”

Arlington Central School District – Cooperative Services (CoSer) Computer Inventory (Dutchess County)
District officials have established adequate controls over their computer inventory that allows computer equipment to be tracked efficiently. Except for minor issues, the district’s computer inventory is reliable.

Brocton Central School District – Purchasing (Chautauqua County)
District officials did not use competitive bidding to procure goods from two vendors who were paid a total of $72,759. District officials did not use other competitive methods to procure goods and services from seven vendors who were paid a total of $163,970. Although the district has a procurement policy, the board has not adopted policies and procedures governing the procurement of goods and services when competitive bidding is not required.

Mineola Union Free School District – Competitive Quotations (Nassau County)
The board has adopted a purchasing policy for the procurement of goods and services, but do not have written guidelines or procedures for seeking competition for purchases that are not subject to competitive bidding requirements. District officials did not obtain competitive quotes for purchases made from 10 vendors totaling $106,952.

Penn Yan Central School District – Separation Payments (Yates County)
The Assistant Superintendent for Business did not always review accrued vacation leave payments. Accrued vacation leave payments were calculated by the payroll clerk but were not submitted for review. Auditors found that five teachers and nine nonteaching staff were eligible for payments totaling $111,336.

For access to state and local government spending, public authority financial data and information on 50,000 state contracts, visit Open Book New York. The easy-to-use website was created by Comptroller DiNapoli to promote openness in government and provide taxpayers with better access to the financial workings of government.

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