The audit function may be one of the most crucial aspects of monitoring a school district’s financial condition. It is the Board of Education’s responsibility to maintain the fiscal health of the district and to ensure that all legal mandates relating to the financial transactions of the District are adhered to. There are four types of auditors that Board of Education members encounter in a school district setting: claims auditor, internal, financial statements and external auditors.
The claims auditor reviews all requests for payment of necessary expenses of operation of the school district. The Claims Auditor assumes the powers and duties of the Board of Education in regard to approving all claims against the District. The claims auditor, an outside consultant, reviews weekly all invoices processed for payment by the district business office staff. He reports directly to the Board of Education. At the organization meeting the Board of Education appointed Michael Kearns, CPA as the claims auditor for the fiscal year.
The Internal Auditor focuses on an evaluation of the internal controls within the business function of the school district. In July the Jericho Board of Education appointed Callaghan Nawrocki to be the Internal Auditors of the Jericho Union Free School District. The Internal auditors review and evaluate many aspects of the District’s finances including payroll, benefits, cash receipts and cash disbursements throughout the year. The Internal Auditor also reports directly to the Board of Education and is totally independent of the business office function and the external audit function.
SAS112 regulations require that school district’s financial statements are prepared independent of the external auditor. The district engaged the services of R. S. Abrams & Company LLP to assist in the preparation of the 2009 financial statements.
External auditors are certified or licensed individuals
from independent firms that contract with a school district to perform
the annual financial
statement audit. The work performed by the external auditor is guided
by established professional standards and legal mandates. The external
auditors provide the year-end financial statements. The external auditors
may also be consulted to discuss issues such as alternative accounting
treatments of specific accounting transactions and new legislative
mandates. The Board of Education at its July 1, 2009 Reorganization
Meeting appointed Coughlin Foundotos Cullen & Danowski, LLP as
the independent auditors of the Jericho Union Free School District.
At the September Board of Education Meeting the Independent Auditors,
presented a report to the Board of Education and to the general public.
The district received the highest level of approval on its audit for
2009 and the auditors provided an “unqualified opinion”.