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District earns state distinction for clean 2015 audit

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published: February 10, 2016 12:00 AM
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Hudson -- The State Auditor's office announced Feb. 4 that no questions were found on the Hudson School District's annual financial audit for 2015.

Not only was the district given a clean report by State Auditor Dave Yost's office, it earned the "Auditor of State Award with Distinction."

According to Feb. 4 statement from Yost's office, "The district's excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction."

"Good finance is important to everything government does," Yost said. "Sound budgetary decisions depend on clean and accurate books."

The Auditor of State Award with Distinction is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit which receive a "clean" audit report.

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John Coorey, North-Central Regional Liaison with Yost's office presented the award Feb. 8 to Treasurer Kathryn Sines and her staff. The district also won the award in 2013.

"I attribute the award to hard-working individuals in the treasurer's office who are conscientious and are attentive to details," according to Sines. "We have a great team and we all believe in our department's motto 'Right is Right.'"

According to Sines, Coorey said only 10 percent of all school districts in Ohio receive the award with distinction.

The audit report did not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings or questioned costs in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, according to Yost's office.

Nor did the district's management letter contain comments related to ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000, lack of timely report submission, reconciliation, failure to obtain a timely single audit, findings for recovery less than $100, public meetings or public records nor other financial or other concerns, according to the report.

"The Auditor of State Award with Distinction is a wonderful recognition of the procedures and careful accounting that has become a part of our culture within the school district," Superintendent Phil Herman said. "The award is certainly a testimony to the hard work of Kathryn Sines and the treasurer's office staff. Given my work with Kathryn, I am very proud, but not surprised, by the outstanding audit."

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