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School district financial audit exemplary

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By Larry Rowell

Casey County School Board members heard Dec. 12 that the handling of the district’s finances — by district staff and faculty and staff from the five schools — is a model of excellence and one of the finest in the state.
Artie White, of White and Associates of Richmond, conducted the annual audit for the financial year which ended June 30.
White said there were no findings from the prior year which indicates that the district’s financial performance was faultless.
White, in a letter to the board, did however, recommend that several internal controls — separate from the audit findings — be strengthened.
At Casey County Middle School, auditors recommended that when teachers collect money from students, the teacher insure that a multiple receipt form is filled out, signed by the student and then turned over along with the money to the school treasurer daily. Previously, the receipt had been kept in a folder.
Auditors also recommended that money collected by a teacher or sponsor at Jones Park Elementary be turned in daily. Principal Shawn Pierce said that this has already been corrected.
At Liberty Elementary, auditors pointed out that a vendor’s invoice must show the signature of the person who signed for the goods or services.
Walnut Hill Elementary was asked to review all invoices to make certain that sales tax is not paid.  Auditors also pointed out that a vendor’s invoice must show the signature of the person who signed for the goods or services.
White said that auditors have seen a tremendous improvement from the previous year throughout all the schools in the area of internal compliance.
In other business, the board:
—Received a check from Don Sweeney for $24,470. Sweeney, co-owner of 1st Choice Auction Service, sold a three-bedroom, two-bath home that Casey High teacher Garlen Whitis and his construction technology class built during the school year. Sweeney donated the $1,590 sales commission to the district.
—Heard Kevin Stephens, Director of Pupil Personnel, say that Liberty Elementary had won the fourth month attendance award with 96.69 percent. The district attendance percentage for the year stands at 95.64.
—Heard Director of District Wide Services, Deena Randolph, say that the district can expect a SEEK funding cut of about $250,000, possibly within two weeks. Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funding program is state provided funds to local school districts. Randolph said that she had anticipated the cut and budgeted as much as $450,000.
Randolph also told board members that the district had total cash of almost $8.1million with General Fund cash of $7.5 million.
—Received Superintendent Linda Hatter’s personnel report.
Tony Ford was employed as a bus driver.
At CCMS, Matilda Myers was employed as the girls soccer coach; Marshall Forbes as the boys soccer coach and Rance Baird was hired as the sixth-grade boys basketball coach.
The following substitutes were also hired — Paula Clements, Billie Gadberry, Sara Tarter, and Chris Dalton as instructional assistants; Peggy Hall and Sandy Jocelyn as bus drivers; Marsha Campbell and Bessie Grider as cooks; and Sarah Austin as payroll clerk.
The board accepted the following resignations — Angie McQueary as CCMS assistant volleyball coach; at CCHS teacher James Ellison, cook Alta Whited, and Peggy Hall and Sandy Jocelyn as bus drivers.