V'ville audit findings show poor financial controls

The audit of Marturano's expense claims disclosed no significant findings.

According to the audit, the district may have also inappropriately paid current assistant superintendent and former treasurer, Sarita Winchell, $8,425 for unused leave and $5,575 for tuition reimbursement over a three-year period ending in 2002.

According to the board of education's response to the audit, it was determined through discussions with prior board members and the public, as well as through memos and letters to the board that it was the board's intention to allow Winchell, at the time the treasurer, to obtain the necessary graduate level courses to become a school business official and to pay for those courses.

According to the response, the board did not properly document these intentions through resolutions, but it was determined to take the course of action, therefore Winchell will not be required to reimburse the district.

The board will also not seek reimbursement for the unused vacation leave time, except in the instance in which a new employment agreement changed the amount of days that administrators were able to accumulate in a given year.

In that year, Winchell cashed out 10 vacation days. When the board retroactively agreed to an employment agreement, only a five-day cash out was allowed for that year. According to Langevin, Winchell voluntarily gave the district back the current value of five vacation days.

"The board of education and I have full confidence in the integrity and abilities of the current assistant superintendent for business," said Langevin. "She has consistently performed her duties in an exemplary fashion and is a valuable member of the Voorheesville School District central office team."

Additionally, The audit found an instance in which the transportation supervisor, Michael Goyer, may have accepted an improper gift when he took an all-expense paid trip to Tulsa as a guest of a school bus vendor. The audit stated that the trip cost more than $75 making it improper under municipal law that prohibits district officials from accepting gifts of $75 or more.

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