District hires auditor after state report

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education took a step to improve its oversight of financial operations Tuesday by hiring an auditor in response to a state audit.

The board unanimously approved Karen Horning as the internal claims auditor for the district from today through June 30 at a rate of $25 per hour and not to exceed $3,000 without board approval, according to meeting documents.

Horning said she is a secretary in the Special Education Department and has previous auditing experience in other jobs she held such as working for Universal Music and Carville Leather.

“I was very familiar with pricing items and looking for the best prices,” Horning said after the meeting. “I understand how that plays a big part in a business being run, and with this being taxpayer money, making sure this money is spent properly is important.”

She said she will work as a secretary during the day but will take care of auditing duties after hours.

Horning was sworn in during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

The recent state audit said the district has had no internal audit report since 2010-11 and the district appointed no internal auditor for the 2012-13 school year.

“As a result, the taxpayers do not have adequate assurance that risk is being effectively monitored and that internal-control weaknesses are identified and addressed,” the audit stated.

The audit said the district had no audit committee. Although the school board had been established as an audit committee in 2005, the audit said, the members did not perform the required duties.

However, the board established an audit committee this summer – made up of board members Robert Curtis, Mike Hauser and Pete Semione. The committee has met twice, board President Richard Carlson said Tuesday.

The audit states the board did not adequately design and implement policies over the security of information technology. The audit said because of this, the district does not have a written disaster recovery plan.

Carlson said the board is working with IT and business personnel to address the disaster recovery plan.

The board now has the responsibility to take corrective action. A written corrective action plan that addresses the findings and recommendations in the audit report must be sent to the comptroller’s office within 90 days, which Carlson said will be around December.

Student member

Also Tuesday, the board welcomed a non-voting student board member for the 2013-14 school year. Senior Tim Plumadore was selected by the high school faculty and adminstrators after submitting an essay. In the essay, he said he would like to set aside time during the week to allow students to talk to him about issues they have and would like the board to address.

“I’m interested in the decisions the Board of Education makes that affect the well being of the students,” Plumadore said of why he wanted the position.

The alternate student member is senior Josh Daly.

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