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Decatur Schools audit finds $30,000 misstatement, CSD cites calculation error

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Decatur Schools audit finds $30,000 misstatement, CSD cites calculation error


City Schools of Decatur Administrative Offices. Photo by Dena Mellick

A calculation error led to a $30,000 misstatement detected by City Schools of Decatur’s most recent audit.

The audit, for the fiscal year that ended June 30, says that auditors uncovered a discrepancy in reporting of the system’s food services payroll expenses.

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“Payroll expenditures and related liabilities earned prior to June 30, 2016 but not paid until subsequent to June 30, 2016 …,” the audit says.

CSD Finance Director Susan Hurst said the mistake was due to a calculation error on the part of the school nutrition director.

“[The director] miscalculated her salary and benefit accruals for School Nutrition staff,” Hurst aid. “This is calculated differently than the salary and benefit accruals I report in the General Fund. Hers are calculated monthly for her monthly state reports.”

The auditor recommended that the district review all its expenditures to make sure they are reported in the correct time frame, and CSD agreed with that recommendation.

The audit says the district’s overall expenses increased by 10.7 percent over 2015 due to an increase in student enrollment. CSD spent approximately $2 million more on instruction and $4 million more on support services, the audit notes.

Here is the full audit:

ead-16-7731-City of Decatur BOE -Audit

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