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HUDSON -- Districts are often open for debate due to the complexity of today's various educational methodologies.
The Hudson City School district is no exception.
However, there is one area the district leaves little room for debate -- finances. As a testament to the district's financial record keeping and treasurer Kathryn Sines and her staff, the district qualified for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.
The announcement was made April 13 by the Columbus office of Auditor of State Dave Yost.
"The district's excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction," according to the announcement.
"Accurate bookkeeping enables school districts to focus on their chief duty education," according to Yost. "The district's clean audit demonstrates its commitment to both its students and taxpayers."
The award is given to local governments and school districts which meet a variety of criteria for a clean audit report.
The criteria includes: filing timely financial reports with the auditor comprehensive annual financial report; the submitted audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings or questioned costs; the entity's management letter contains no 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, and no other financial or other concerns exist that involve eligible entity.
According to Sines it takes about three months, from beginning to end, to complete an audit.
"We get a certificate from the Auditor of State's office and the pride of knowing all our hard work is recognized," Sines said of the recognition. "The Hudson City Schools treasurer's office staff works hard to ensure that we provide accurate and timely information -- I am proud of my staff, and they are deserving of the recognition of distinction."
The Auditor of State's office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,900 state and local government agencies under the direction of Yost.
The office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.