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Despite faults, auditor opts not to fine school district

An audit of the Peninsula School District’s 2014 fiscal year turned up a few issues.

The district spent $1,819,075 in special education grant funds. That money went to three different contractors who provided physical therapy and auditory intervention services for the special education program.

The auditor’s report covers the period from Sept. 1, 2013 to Aug. 31, 2014.

According to the report: “The District cannot be assured it obtained the best services at the most competitive price. However, the products purchased are allowable under the federal program, and as a result, we are not questioning these costs.”

The district must issue a request for proposals for services with a high price tag.

In response the the auditor’s report the district has tightened controls.

“We had some weaknesses,” said Karen Andersen, the district’s chief financial auditor. “We put measures in place to make sure we corrected everything.”

In the future, Andersen said, the district will put out a request for proposals for special education services.

The auditor’s office also identified an issue with the Associated Student Body account at Peninsula High School while performing the 2014 fiscal year audit.

The PHS ASB collected $348,572 in sales of yearbooks, ASB cards, athletic tickets and other fundraising. The auditor’s office cited a lack of internal control at PHS, meaning the district could not ensure all funds owed were deposited. The district was not fined by the auditor’s office for the oversight.

What the auditor’s office sent to PHS was a “management letter,” not a finding, Andersen said.

“We’ve got a clean bill of health on our finances,” she said.