Auditor Timothy L. Defloor today announced an audit of the Erie City School District. It turns out that the school district has no supporting documents, so auditors couldn’t verify the accuracy of state transportation refunds in excess of $ 3.3 million.
“School districts need to obtain and retain supporting documents so that auditors can verify the eligibility of each school district for state funding,” DeFoor said. “Our audit confirms that the school is transparent and accountable about how it uses taxpayer funds, and that the district receives all eligible funds. “
Under state law, school districts receive state subsidies for most students who are provided with transportation. The district must report the data to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) in order to qualify for a qualified transportation refund.
“Our team found data reported by the district through support documents such as student lists and odometer logs without verifying its accuracy,” said De Foor. “The findings do not mean that the district was not funded. This did not allow the auditor to confirm the accuracy of the refund due to lack of supporting documentation. Means that. “
Audits recommend that districts adopt new internal controls over the process of collecting and reporting data to PDEs and strengthen records management procedures.
The audit for the period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2019 also included four other findings.
- The district cannot, by contract, establish appropriate internal controls over the eligibility determination and payment process for cash “death benefits” that must be paid to the beneficiaries or recorded real estate of certain retired employees. was. This failure can lead to the payment of benefits to unqualified individuals.
- The district was unable to maintain a complete and renewed driver qualification and background clearance for all drivers transporting students, as required by state law and district policy.
- The district lacked proper internal control over the recruitment, review and oversight of professional qualifications and emergency permits. Auditors found that three teachers did not have the proper qualifications or emergency permits issued by PDE and one had an expired qualification.
- The district was unable to conduct and / or accurately report all required monthly fire drills in all 15 school buildings during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years, as required by state law.
In response to the findings, district officials said they would work to adopt audit recommendations designed to strengthen internal controls and procedures.
DeFoor said the audit also looked at findings and recommendations from the last audit of the district’s departments released in 2015.
“The final audit of the department recommended the actions taken by the district to stabilize the financial situation,” De Foor added. “At the end of the current audit period, the district reported a strong general financial balance, which is a significant improvement over the deficit that was running just a few years ago.”
Audit President DeFoor: Refunds of transportation costs in excess of $ 3.3 million to the Erie City School District could not be audited
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