The Duncan Public Schools 2011-12 audit came back with a positive review from the auditing company.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Duncan Board of Education, Courtney Odom, representing Kerry Patten Auditing Associates, presented the 2011-12 DPS audit. The school board accepted the audit as presented.
“We didn’t note anything that we thought need to be brought to your attention,” Odom said about the audit.
In previous audits, the auditing firm had pointed out a few concerns to the school district. But with the latest audit and because of changes implemented by the school district, the auditors did not find any deficiencies with the audit.
Throughout the audit presentation, Odom pointed out how the audit was broken down, from budgeted to actual items, to combined financial statements.
The school district put $1.2 million toward teacher retirement, and $14.2 was paid in payroll.
Odom said the organization of the financials made this audit process run smoothly.
“We genuinely appreciate that,” Odom said. “And we thank you for all your business.”
In a related action item, the school board approved continuing services with Kerry Patten for the 2012-13 audit. That audit will be conducted next year.
“They hold us accountable,” Superintendent Sherry Labyer said. “They do a great job.”
In other action:
The school board approved opening formal negotiations with Duncan Education Support Personnel of Oklahoma (DESPO) support staff for the 2013-14 school year and the Association of Duncan Educators of Oklahoma for the 2013-14 school year. Labyer said, by doing this, the school board can being the negotiation process this summer.
The board accepted the resignations of Pam Carter, Duncan High School teacher, and Susan Evans, Horace Mann Elementary kindergarten teacher, both of whom have chosen to retire with an effective date of May 30. Carter, who has been teaching for 43 years, has eight years of service with Duncan Public Schools. Evans, who started teaching before she joined the DPS faculty, has 20 years of service to the district. Labyer said she would miss working with Carter and Evans, and praised them for their work in their classrooms. “These are two very dedicated teachers,” Labyer said. “They’re both really find educators.”
The board also approved hiring three people on support employee contracts.
Jenny Villagrana was hired as the reading sufficiency teacher assistant at Horace Mann, and Janet Huckaby was hired as the reading sufficiency teacher assistant at Plato Elementary. Both were hired for four hours to finish out the school year.
Chelsea Wren was also hired as a cafeteria server/helper at Horace Mann.