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Superintendent Mangus updates the community on recent comptroller report

district implements corrective action plan

September 15, 2014

Dear Member of the Monticello Community,

In light of the recent release of audit results from the state Comptroller’s Office, we feel it is important for taxpayers to have a clear understanding of the findings and action steps being taken by the district. read report and corrective action plan (Appendix B)  [PDF]

Auditors from the New York State Comptroller’s Office visited our district to conduct an audit of the district’s finances, specifically researching data from July 2012 to October 2013. The purpose of the audit was to “review the district’s financial condition,” something the state does on a periodic basis for all public school districts. When the district received the audit results, Daniel Teplesky, superintendent of schools at the time, submitted a response to the comptroller.

While Mr. Teplesky “generally agreed with the recommendations” made by the auditors, he also sent the comptroller’s office a very specific Corrective Action Plan and clarification of some key issues:

• While the majority of the issues the audit covered were inherited, we believe the previous administration left the district healthy, always with an eye to the possibility that casinos may be developed in Sullivan County. Their foresight and planning will help the district respond to the expected increase in population as the result of the casinos with little or no impact on taxpayers.

• Monticello administration stands behind the fact that we are fiscally responsible with district funds. Since the tax cap was implemented three years ago, the district has stayed at or under its tax cap, as calculated using the state-prescribed formula.

• District administrators, working in conjunction with the Board of Education, are reviewing the district’s unrestricted fund balance, which includes funds that have been set aside from previous years to be used in future years. For example, the board of education recently approved a resolution to be placed on the May 2015 ballot to fund a $1,500,000 capital reserve for future repairs of district buildings. Additional steps will be taken in the months to come to review reserve balances.

We will continue to do what is best for the people and students of Monticello, in a fiscally responsible way, and always with consideration being given to the taxpayers.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Sincerely,


Tammy Mangus
Superintendent of Schools