Talladega County BOE receives clean audit
by Shane Dunaway
TALLADEGA COUNTY — The County Board of Education received a favorable report on a recent audit during its meeting Tuesday.

State Examiner of Public Accounts Brittany Little presented the results of her report covering the dates Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012.

“We’ve conducted our audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards and government auditing standards for the purpose of rendering an opinion on financial statements and to determine whether the board complied with applicable laws and regulations,” Little said. “We issued an unqualified opinion on the board’s financial statements as of (the period) ending Sept. 30, 2012. This means the financial statements are presented fairly in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.”

Little noted there were no findings of the board not being in compliance in all material respects to applicable laws and regulations and the system also received an unqualified opinion on its major federal financial assistance programs.

Superintendent Suzanne Lacey commended Chief School Financial Officer Avery Embry for his hard work during what she called a “tedious process.”

“There are many regulations and many compliance issues we are to adhere to and based on Brittany’s report, everything was found to be in good, working order,” Lacey said. “An unqualified opinion is the best you can receive, so we are most honored to receive (the opinion).”

Lacey stressed the importance of staying ahead of the curve and maintaining an aura of fiscal responsibility as regulations continue to evolve and change.

“We want to make sure we are doing our very best job,” Lacey said. “We had devoted extra time and attention to training our staff members. Avery has devoted extra attention to working with all our local schools in that capacity as well. As a result, our outcomes are very positive and we appreciate the diligence in making sure that all of the issues are done accordingly — all the ‘I’s’ dotted and ‘T’s’ crossed.”

Student Services Coordinator Kelvin Cunningham announced several changes to the School System’s Student Rights and Responsibilities: Code of Conduct and Attendance handbook.

Students may no longer wear anything considered to be exercise clothing during normal school periods, with the exception of gym class. Students may now wear solid navy or khaki colored belts with their clothing.

Page 18 of the handbook provides information regarding the school’s anti-harassment policy and tells students and parents where they can obtain an anti-harassment form.

Cunningham also mentioned changes to the medical policies, noting students should not be carrying over-the-counter medications.

In other business, the BOE:

• Adopted the meeting agenda.

• Unanimously approved 21 personnel changes, including eight resignations, eight new hires, four transfers and one leave-of-absence. Also announced new employee Hayley Freeman Logan’s name should have been listed as Hayley Freeman.

• Voted to approve an out-of-state field trip request for 16 members of the Childersburg High School varsity football team to compete in a 7-on-7 football tournament at Mary Persons High School in Forsyth, Ga., Friday.

• Announced the next meeting is scheduled for July 30 at 5:30 p.m.

Contact Shane Dunaway at sdunaway@dailyhome.com.

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