Accountability audit update

December 19, 2013

This past August, Battle Ground Public Schools’ Administration and Board of Directors requested the Washington State Auditor’s Office conduct an accountability audit for the district. In keeping with general auditing practices the audit examined these following categories:

  • Teacher education & experience (staff mix) reporting
  • Cash receipting-school lunch and community education
  • Open public meeting minutes
  • Payroll - Superintendent compensation
  • General disbursements
  • Special education enrollment

The audit confirmed that all categories with the exception of payroll complied with state laws & regulations and the district’s policies & procedures. On Thursday, December 19, the State Auditor’s Office conducted an exit interview with board members, Monty Anderson & Mavis Nickels, and district administration staff. At this meeting the auditors submitted an official Management Letter with recommendations that will assist the district in improving internal controls in the payroll department. A copy of this letter with recommendations can be found on this website by Clicking Here. 

“We appreciate the hard and detailed work of the State Auditor’s Office,” said Interim Superintendent Duane Rose. “We asked for this accountability audit to help strengthen the district’s procedures and move us in a positive direction. Since the audit began our staff have been working to implement the recommendations given throughout the process.” 

The goal is to complete the implementation of the recommendations before the transition to a new superintendent in July. The official State Auditor’s report will be released at the end of December or early January 2014. This webpage will be updated with the final report once it is released. The State Auditor’s Office will review  the status of recommendations during their next audit.