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Audit shows no concerns

October 29, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Greater Johnstown School District did well on its annual audit of the business office's financial records for the 2011-12 school year, an auditor recently told the Board of Education.

Accountant Amy Cecelia of West & Co. of Gloversville gave a presentation on her firm's findings at Warren Street Elementary School.

"The audit went very well this year," Cecelia told the board.

She said the district received an "unqualified opinion," which translates to a "very clean" audit of the financial books for the previous school year. She commended the office run by district School Business Manager Alice Sise.

Cecelia didn't get too deep into figures for her public presentation, although the board did review the audit report with her. The board later formally accepted the audit report. The board also directed Superintendent Robert DeLilli to file the audit with the state Education Department and Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Superintendent Patrick Michel.

She noted the single audit was required because the district spends more than $500,000 in federal funds. Cecelia said two areas were looked at very closely, including special education records, but there were "no findings."

She said an audit of district clubs was also done.

Cecelia said 90 percent of the comments from the previous year's audit were corrected and "nothing significant" remains for the district to be concerned about.

Board member Douglas Dougherty of the board's Audit Committee reported the committee met with staff from West & Co. and were satisfied. He alluded to two "minor" issues, but he didn't elaborate. He praised the business office.

"We had a very clean audit," Dougherty said. "We're pleased with the audit and the shape the district is in."

Public speaker Dick Baker of Route 67, Johnstown, also commended Sise and board President Paul VanDenburgh for another good audit by the district.

"It goes that way every year," Baker said. "They do a wonderful job."

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



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