Mishawaka schools take steps to correct issues cited in audit | Education

MISHAWAKA — School City of Mishawaka officials say they have taken steps to correct issues cited in a State Board of Accounts audit report of the school system covering the period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016.

Half of the audit period covers time during which the school district was led by a previous superintendent, before current Superintendent Dean Speicher was hired. He’s led a financial reorganization of the school district and a public referendum for a bond issue to fund school improvements.

Among concerns cited in the audit, which was released in January: lack of an effective internal control system related to financial transactions and reporting of receipts, paying the school district’s treasurer’s salary with School Lunch Fund grant money; lack of internal control regarding an annual report about the school meals program; no controls in place to assure only appropriate employees were being paid from federal Title I grant money; some paraprofessionals lacked the required level of educational qualifications; inadequate documentation of spending of special education…

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