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V'ville audit findings show poor financial controls

In November 2003, the district purchased three buses costing more than $200,000 from the same bus manufacturer that paid for Goyer's trip.

"The subsequent purchase of buses from the manufacturer after the acceptance of the expense-paid trip raises a question of impropriety," stated the audit.

The audit recommended that the district should have paid for the trip to avoid any conflict of interest.

According to Langevin, the district always purchases the same bus model because of compatible parts and that the trip wouldn't have influenced that decision. Additionally, she said, Goyer was one of 12 district transportation supervisors who attended the trip.

"He didn't go for a good time," said Langevin. "If it had been Hawaii, I would have questioned it."

In the past year, the Voorheesville School District has taken steps to strengthen the district's internal controls. The district added an internal and claims auditor, hired a consultant to review internal controls changes, provided board training and appointed a board audit committee.

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