Westport school sails through state audit

WESTPORT Westport Board of Education President Alice LaRock felt confident during a recent state auditors exit interview. I had a feeling when they left they were very pleased, said LaRock. LaRock was right to feel confident, because Westport Central Schools state audit had come back with no major problems. The audit, conducted by the state Division of Local Government Services and Economic Development, only resulted in one recommendation. The audit requests the school have a better record policy on its capital assets, such as computer and camera equipment. I would say we did outstanding it was a very short report, with no surprises whatsoever, said Board of Education Vice President George Maffey. The auditors recommended the school review and update its asset policies and procedures to keep a more up-to-date record, have a better recording on asset disposal, and perform periodic physical inventories. The school addressed the issue at its March 15 regular meeting, updating the electronic inventory and establishing a procedure for asset disposal and relocation. The initial audit examined cash receipts and disbursements, purchasing, payroll and personal services, capital assets and consumable inventories and information technology. Based on that evaluation, auditors determined that controls were adequate in most areas, though there was risk in record keeping on the districts capital items. Superintendent Karen Tromblee said she found the process very professional, and was complimentary toward the auditors for their thoroughness, efficiency and respectful demeanor. She said that the auditing process had pointed out where the school could increase its effectiveness of operations. District Treasurer Sheila Borden said the process went smoothly due to the preparation the school performed. The school set aside a room for the auditors, and had all the information prepared before their arrival. The Westport school district has a $4.7 million annual budget and serves 267 students. Maffey said the results affirmed the districts fiscal responsibility. Im proud of our results on this for the school and for the town that has a school thats clean as a whistle, said Maffey. New York is in the process of auditing all the public school districts in the state. The audits are the result of several financial scandals that saw school administrators misusing funds. The Westport audit began last August and took two months. It included an entrance interview, an audit of all financial records, a written report and an exit interview. The Westport report was issued March 9. Copies of the audit report are available to the public at the school.

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