Spotless audit commends district’s efficiency

Spotless audit commends district’s efficiency photo
The Port Jefferson School District received an audit report from the Office of the New York State Comptroller’s Division of Local Government and School Accountability that lauded its continued commitment to fiscal responsibility.

The goal of the audit is to provide objective analysis to assist those governing and overseeing payment performance and operations and initiate corrective actions if needed. The audit reviewed dozens of both general fund and extra-classroom activity claims totaling more than $300,000 and found that the district’s voucher system has been properly established and implemented by the Board of Education.

“This report reflects proper oversight by the Board of Education and the stringent controls put in place and carried out by our Business Office personnel,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Casciano said. “The carefully conducted examination and positive results are a testament to the district’s comprehensive policies and procedures for claims payments.”

The report, which included comprehensive information from the audit period conducted between July 2016 and September 2017, highlighted the criteria for an effective claims process and noted that Port Jefferson’s thorough review and adequate procedures and segregation of duties were properly executed.

“The examination reviews all district processes and then thoroughly focuses on one particular area for detail testing,” Deputy Superintendent Sean Leister said. “Given that there were no negative findings indicates the district’s claims process has an overall well-designed system. As our district places a strong emphasis on ensuring tax dollars are spent effectively and efficiently, we are pleased with the outcome of this auditing process, as it reinforces from an external perspective.”