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CISD Approves 2007-2008 Audit Report
Houston County Courier - December 2008
By Sharron Randall
Independent auditor Kenneth Davis of Kenneth C. Davis & Company, P.C. presented the annual financial report for the year ended Aug. 31, 2008 to Crockett Independent School District Board of Trustees in Monday evening's regular school board meeting, Dec. 15.
According to Davis's report, the district was cited on two findings: Actual expenditures exceeded budgeted appropriations in several functions in the general fund and in the food service fund, actual expenditures exceeded total appropriations.
Davis' recommendation was that actual expenditures should be monitored and compared to approved budget throughout the year or when necessary budget amendments are prepared and approved by the board of trustees.
The second finding, Davis reported, is that actual funds deposited with the district's designated depository exceeded pledged securities and FDIC coverage for several months during the year.
The auditor said that since it's the district's responsibility to notify the bank of deposits that exceed pledged securities and FDIC coverage, funds deposited in the designated depository should be monitored throughout the year. When the district anticipates that additional securities need to be pledged, the bank should be notified.
Vice President Johnny Lawrence asked how the state got this information and Davis said, "Three ways; in hard copy like the draft that was presented, a PDF file or through data feed."
With Davis' assurance that CISD received a clean audit, Lawrence made the motion to approve, which Trustee Trey Young seconded. With Trustees James Berry and Karen Johnson absent, Secretary Helen Dubcak, President Claude Watson, and Trustee Deborah Kennedy joined with Lawrence and Young to approve the financial audit, 5-0.
Recognized from Crockett High School was Principal Mark Giles who introduced Brachelle Denman, Community in Schools and SHOUTS sponsor and several high school students and teacher of the month Ashley Crabtree.
Superintendent Dr. Bill Like commended Marie Massingill for her "outstanding" organization of the Academic UIL events, which occurred on Saturday, Dec. 13.
Dr. Like also presented former student Cartavius Jackson with a high school diploma. Jackson earned his diploma through the Credit Recovery Program. He presently works at a local fast food restaurant, but his future plans are to enroll at the Dallas Art Institute's Culinary Art School in August 2009. He has applied for financial aid.
With the presence of his mother, Sharon Tryon, who is "so proud of him," and his girl friend Kendra Potts, Jackson accepted the degree as school board members and the audience applauded his diligence.
Trustees accepted a donation of $5,100 to purchase Study Island software for the junior high computer lab, accepted the bid of $3,200 for the four portable buildings at the old elementary campus, and approved as presented the Emergency Succession Plan, the Tax Sheltered Annuity Resolution, and all but two TASB Policy Update 84 (C1 and DF66), affecting local policies.
In the public hearing portion of the meeting the board viewed a Power Point presentation for the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) Report, Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) Report, and Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT) Report.
Assistant Superintendent Jeannie Julian reviewed the Second Six Weeks Academic Report and Deputy Superintendent David Baxter went over the End of Second Six Weeks Discipline Report.
After board members returned from executive session, they accepted Dr. Like's recommendation to hire E. Dolphus of Crockett to fill a vacant position.