Auditor General says York City School District in better financial situation

Auditor General says York City School District in better financial situation

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the School District of the City of York is in a better place financially, but there’s still work to be done when it comes to record keeping.

DePasquale released the findings of an audit conducted between July 2010 and June 2015 on Thursday.

Overall the school district has improved its financial standing, increasing its general fund and lowering its debt.

According to the report, the district’s long-term debt went down from $123 million to $107 million over the course of the audit period.

In that same time, the report states the district’s general fund increased from $2.7 million to $17 million.

However, major oversights were found in the district’s business operations.

The review of the district finds that credit card practices within the district had little oversight and record keeping. Purchases were made, often times, without receipts as records.

According to the report, the district’s employee credit card charges more than quadrupled in 2011-2012 to 2015-2016.

This unmonitored credit card use led to less money being using where it should be according to DePasquale: in the classroom.

“It is appalling that a school district, especially one in moderate financial recovery status, failed to closely monitor credit card spending,” DePasquale said.

The review also revealed an increase in the districts cell phone usage. DePasquale said no one was monitoring cell phone or tech equipment to see if employees were using them for personal or business purposes.

“They should have to show documentation for what the phone call is because the taxpayers of this district should not be subsidizing people’s personal phone usage. Even more importantly, the kids of the district deserve every single dime to make sure that they have a better chance of succeeding in the future,” DePasquale noted.

The Auditor General’s Office is sending its findings to the District Attorney of York County and the Attorney General’s Office for further review.

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