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October 6, 2013

The chief responsibility of every school district is to make sure its students have the opportunity to receive the best education that can be provided. However, along with that duty are many others....

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Oct-11-13 1:10 PM

First of all, board members are required to take financial training. It's a state mandate. Who teaches those classes - business managers, or former business managers, who all tell you what you should be doing and seeing, and you don't do or see 95% of what you're supposed to.

Second, Dave - districts are mandated to be audited every year, and they are. That would be your EXTERNAL auditor. This is a totally different position, internal claims auditor, that is supposed to check what's being paid to make certain purchasing procedures are being followed, and things are being paid that should be paid.

I don't want anyone believing Gloversville hasn't been audited in 2 years, because it's simply not true.

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Oct-06-13 1:12 PM

Bill, GReader hit the nail on the head. School administrators are trained in the management of school districts. They know full well that an independent audit should be done annually. If the school board doesn't order an audit, school administrators should inform them of the necessity for it. That an audit hasn't been done in two years is unprofessional and irresponsible, in my book.

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Oct-06-13 11:08 AM

School boards are at the mercy of their administrators when it comes to knowledge of their business office operations. If the administrators don't share what's happening (which they won't do when they know they are not complying with the laws and regulations) and board members don't know enough about the fact that an audit committee must exist and why, then you have these kinds of developments. The question now is how the GESD board will handle this news to prevent similar situations from happening in our district.

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Oct-06-13 10:35 AM

The school districts should get together and work with BOCES to have an auditing team to serve all of the component districts in Fulton, Montgomery and So. Hamilton counties. Careful though, it would be very easy to spend more money on auditors salary and benefits then would be saved by eliminating what waste there might be.

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Oct-06-13 10:21 AM

Is it really wise to have a claims auditor that is a fellow co-worker with the chief fiscal officer? The problems come out after years of taking place because they cover for each other. Request an expense report from your local municipality or school district and see how much you can tell from reading it. You will only see what they want you to see. Most of the boards have no idea what is actually getting purchased. I am sure we would all be shocked no matter what municipality or district it is. As for school district the responsibility falls on the Superintendents who are getting the biggest paychecks and the best severance packages.

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Oct-06-13 9:14 AM

Actually Dave, the people responsible for appointing and carrying out the audit are paid nothing. I agree with Hilltopper re training.

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Oct-06-13 9:08 AM

What bothers me the most is the card blanche credit card and giving someone unrestricted access to accounts. The news is full of stories of trusted people cleaning out accounts. Not a very smart move by educated people. Makes you wonder.

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Oct-06-13 8:43 AM

Dave: The site that keeps timing you out could use some "Real people in a virtual world".

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Oct-06-13 8:21 AM

I'm shocked, to say the least. Gloversville school administrators are paid lofty salaries and this is what we taxpayers get in return? Amateurish management. Maybe it's time to clean house.

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Oct-06-13 8:05 AM

No surprise here the only thing the school boards do is give taxpayers money to teachers and administrators. They give money packages to Superintendents that leave. It is plain as can be that the members of the school boards care nothing about educating the students only how much tax payers money they can give away to teachers and administrator. And the sad part of this is that so few people do not vote in the school elections and those who do vote just keep electing the same spenders. Most of the people who get elected to any elected offices do not care about the general public only their own agendas.

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Oct-06-13 8:01 AM

Beside oversight, the comptroller's office should provide training. I am convinced that there was no intentional wrongdoing involved in all the local negative reports from the comptroller. If the Town of Mohawk was unknowingly using incorrect accounting proceedures for the last 30 years, where the heck were the state auditors in all that time? In order to get all municipalities and districts on the same page, the comptroller should offer mandatory training for all public employees and elected officials handling "the books".

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