Issaquah schools get recognition from state audit
June 16, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
For the seventh year in a row, Issaquah School District officials received recognition from the State Auditor’s Office for completely adhering to state and federal regulations.“I think the audit came out well,” said Jacob Kuper, chief executive of finance and operations for the district. “Anytime we have a clean audit with no findings, it is good news for the district and the taxpayers as well.”
District officials received state Auditor’s Office officials’ findings in May. The audit looked at financial accountings from Sept. 1, 2007, to Aug. 31, 2008.
The audits are a routine inspection conducted by the State Auditor’s Office every year for every public entity.
“Anytime an outside party holds us to a standard, federal, state and local standards, it is a good thing,” Kuper said. “It helps ensure the property systems are in place for compliance.”
The audits measure general accountability and look at the district’s protection and safeguarding of public resources. It included cash receipting and revenues, payroll expenditures and assessment of fines and damages. It also looked at expenditures and protection of assets, like laptops and classroom materials.
The accountability audit also looked into compliance with state and local regulations, such as conflict of interest laws, the Open Public Meetings Act, competitive bidding compliance, contracts, student enrollment and transportation reporting.
If there are findings by officials with the Auditor’s Office, district officials correct them, Kuper said.
The last time district officials received any correction from the Auditor’s Office was in a management letter in 2006 for the 2006-07 school year. That letter asked them to alter their reporting of certain district transportation routes. Those problems were corrected while auditors were still in the building.
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