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SCOTIA: District in good financial shape

With a $40 million budget split among six schools, Scotia-Glenville is in good financial shape, according to an audit conducted by the state comptroller's office, which shows the district has implemented good money-management policies, purchasing and record-keeping.

State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi said the district has some areas for improvement, but is financially sound overall.

The solid internal controls that we put into place help to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent appropriately, said Hevesi.

The report said the district's internal controls were appropriately designed and are operating effectively. The district monitored its capital assets and developed policies to ensure that the district is properly protected.

Superintendent Susan Swartz said the district is pleased with the results and plans to further improve record keeping.

"We still have to strive to make any improvements as suggested, and to provide any itemized receipts as needed," said Swartz.

The report did find the district approved some expense claims totaling $202 without proper documentation.

In the past fiscal year, the board approved the use of a general charges card, in addition to its accounts with Home Depot and Office Max. Auditors recommended the board of education closely monitor credit card usage.

The auditors examined and reviewed controls over basic financial operations, including purchasing, capital asset pro-cessing and travel, food and other costs.

The audit is part of a statewide effort by the comptroller's office to improve financial practices at schools. The office serves 823 public schools and Board Of Cooperative Educational Services programs across the state.""

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