Johnstown school district gets thumbs up on its audit report

The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education approved the district's 2016-17 audit Thursday night at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District received another good audit of its funds for 2016-17, the Board of Education heard Thursday night at Johnstown High School.

West & Co., a Gloversville-based independent auditing firm, conducted the annual audit.

Jill Tice of West went over the findings first with the board’s Audit Committee and later with the full board. The report was later accepted by the board for submission to the state Education Department and the HFM Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

“Overall, the audit went very well,” Tice said.

The district stayed just below its allowed fund balance of 4 percent, Tice said.

She read from her firm’s management letter to the district, indicating there were only a few areas the district could improve.

The district’s School Lunch Fund showed only a “slight” deficit for the past year.

“That was an improvement over the prior years,” Tice said.

Tice said there could be more regulation of the district’s extracurricular activity funds, but many school districts need improvement in that area.

The auditor said also mentioned improvement areas that included purchase orders, and two reserves not properly funded.

But Tice declared the district had a “clean” financial opinion for its audit, which is the highest result for such an audit. She said the Johnstown school district continues to do very well in audits, year after year. She also gave the district “very high” marks for the quality of its audit, in contrast to audits her company does with about 30 other school systems.

Tice praised the district’s Business Office staff for being helpful during the audit.

Board President Kathy Dougherty also praised that office’s staff for a job well done.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at