School board gets clean audit, tunes in to band program

by Barbara Cameron

The Deer River school board met for its postponed monthly meeting on Nov. 21 and heard an audit presentation from BerganKDV, a request from the local music boosters and an update on the construction project. After conducting regular business, they also received reports from school personnel who present to the board each month. All six members of the board of directors were seated at the board table, along with the superintendent, business manager and recording secretary. Among the audience listening to this board meeting was the newest director just elected, Teresa Larson.

Audit. Chair Ryan Fox called the meeting to order with the flag pledge, then announced the agenda changes. Members unanimously approved the agenda and Business Manager Jennifer Drotts prepared the hook-ups so the district’s auditor, Jen Pierkarski, could make her PowerPoint™ presentation remarks orally from the Cities rather than drive up north on potentially dangerous roads. The district was once again issued an “unmodified opinion” – a clean opinion – on its basic financial statement.

One new communication in the audit that Pierkarski noted was the need to do timely bank account reconciliations. She also directed the board’s attention to some emerging issues which are coming up in the next couple of years. The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (known as GASB) has two new statements, 74 and 75, concerned with other postemployment benefits (OPEB) plan reporting. The state legislative changes could have a financial impact on the district, as could student activities.

Superintendent Matt Grose agreed with the auditor’s recommendation that the district act cautiously with the special ed revenues coming from the state, in case they would have to pay them back because of instability in the new formula.

The directors unanimously approved acceptance of the audit report.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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