Audit finds no problems at Urbana school district

URBANA - The Urbana school district’s annual audit found no deficiencies or weaknesses, the board learned at its Tuesday meeting.

Heather Powell of BKD, LLP, went over the district’s audit Tuesday.

One of the only issues the board discussed from the audit was its recommendation that the district’s business office should have more staff members in order to keep their duties separate.

The budget doesn’t allow for that, said Director of Business Carol Baker, but the district has a new accounting system and two different employees, so things have changed to improve security in the business office. The audit referred to last year’s accounting system.

Board member Peggy Patten said the audit’s reminder about the business office’s segregation of duties made her want more training on school finances.

Board President John Dimit said the board has an independent treasurer who reports to the board, rather than the business office, which also provides oversight, and Superintendent Preston Williams mentioned the state board of education as a resource where board members can learn more about school finance.

The board also approved a preliminary tax levy, which asks for about 5 percent more than the district received in property tax money last year, Baker said. She expects the actual amount the district receives will be less than that.

The board also approved its annual contract with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, for $148,765. Baker said that’s an increase of $415 over last year’s contract.

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