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WCSD given ‘clean’ audit
by Tribune Staff
Nov 21, 2010 | 1578 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The most recent external audit of the Washoe County School District’s business and financial operations garnered an “unqualified,” or clean, audit rating from independent accounting firm Kafoury, Armstrong and Co. of Reno for the audit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010.

“This shows how focused we are on ensuring outstanding fiscal responsibility and management as we work to create the best educational program for our children,” Superintendent Heath Morrison said.

The district’s audit committee of the board of trustees met Monday. Auditors validated that the district is in excellent financial standing, the district’s chief accountant Tom Ciesynski said.

The district has conducted a number of major initiatives this year in the midst of making $37 million in budget cuts. The board of trustees’ implementation of the strategic plan in August this year led to an enforcement of best practices in an aggressive effort to maximize its funding. Despite declining enrollment numbers, Washoe County has improved its graduation rate by 7 points to 63 percent and student test scores have increased.

“As the Nevada Legislature meets this coming year and gets ready to make some major decisions that could impact schools, we need to continue to talk about why it’s so important to invest in K-12 and higher education,” Ciesynski said. “We want to make sure we have a stable infrastructure so that quality companies are going to want to come to northern Nevada and create new jobs.”

The Washoe County School District will submit the report to the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada in pursuit of its 10th Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
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