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Once again, Renton School District gets clean state audit

The Renton School District got a clean audit from the Washington state Auditor’s Office.

“Overall, I’m very pleased with the report,” said John Knutson, assistant superintendent of operations.

The annual audit was for the Sept. 1, 2012,  to Aug. 31, 2013, period and it is the 11th audit to receive no findings.

The Washington state Auditor’s Office found no deficiencies or weaknesses in how the district handles its financial statements. Also, the audit found no deficiencies or material weaknesses in their control over major federal programs in the district. The school breakfast program, the national school lunch program and summer program, special education grants, English Language Acquisition grants and Head Start are all programs that were evaluated during the audit period.

The district’s total expenditures for the year were more than  $214 million, according to Knutson.

The district did hire a staff person to verify the hours worked by other staff on two federally funded programs and who need to be reimbursed. It was the only corrective action taken by the district based on the audit’s findings.

“Regarding the Head Start and English Language Acquisition State grants, in 2012, the District was late in preparing and submitting the required certifications that indicating that time charged to these grants was spent on allowable activities under the grants,” said Knutson.

The district has taken action to fully correct the finding of failing to adequately support payroll charges reimbursed by federal grant money, the report states.

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