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Audit Committee

The Board of Education Audit Committee generally meets the second Tuesday of the month in the board conference room at District Offices/Quest Elementary School, 225 West Ave., Hilton. This is an open meeting and the public is invited to attend. Audit Committee meeting agendas are prepared the Friday before the meeting. Agendas are available in advance of the meetings and indicate the meeting time. Audit Committee members are: Board members Thomas Abbott, Michelle Ames and Mark Hilburger; community members Jason Kirkey, Ellen Pelkey and James Steiger; and Assistant Superintendent for Business Adam Geist. To address the Audit Committee, please call District Clerk Julie Norris at 392-1000, ext. 7099 prior to the meeting.

 

In 2004 the NYS Comptroller's Office initiated the school board audit committee process which requires six hours of training for school board members on their financial oversight responsibilities; establishes an internal audit function within each school district; mandates a competitive RFP (request for proposal) process for selecting audit firms at least every five years; and improves the effectiveness of annual external audits by requiring direct school board involvement and a formal response to issues raised in the audit. The NYS Comptroller's Office performs regular audits of school districts through the Division of Local Government and School Accountability. Audit reports are public documents and corrective action plans are required and filed with the NYS Education Department. For further information about audits, please visit the Hilton CSD Business Office.

The Internal Claims Auditor examines and verifies all invoices and payments to vendors for the accounts payable payment schedule.

An Independent External Audit is performed annually by the accounting firm of Raymond Wager, CPA, P.C. The external audit verifies that goods and services are procured in a manner as to assure the prudent and economical use of public moneys in the best interest of the taxpayers. It also ensures that a sound internal control structure is in place and internal controls are appropriately designed and operating effectively. In addition, the external audit checks that school district assets are safeguarded against loss, waste and abuse.

The NYS Comptroller's Office performs audits at each NYS school district every five years to ensure that programs achieve their established goals, funds are used efficiently and assets are adequately protected against fraud, waste and abuse.