Audit finds discrepancies at Vernon schools

By a href="mailto:lmanary@americanpress.com"> By Lauren Manary / American Press

An audit conducted for the Vernon Parish School Board’s student activity funds found some discrepancies including late payment

of bills, purchases not allowed by School Board policy and purchases made without documentation or requisition.

Auditors tested receipts at East

Leesville Elementary School and found six occasions when deposits did

not match the attached

receipts. At that school, auditors also found that teachers often

failed to make deposits in a timely manner back to the bookkeeper.

The report also notes that one expenditure, which it does not specify, “could not be deemed necessary or reasonable.” Three

purchases were not in compliance with School Board policy as they were made without purchase orders.

Pitkin School had several findings in its report, including a mathematical inaccuracy of one of its bank reconciliations,

another did not show bank balance and one did not agree to the general ledger.

North Polk, Rosepine and West Leesville elementary schools also had discrepancies between bank balances and general ledgers,

as did Pickering’s elementary and high school.

Several schools failed to make payments

on time and several made the payments more than 60 days past the due

date. Other schools

were found to have made purchases that were not in compliance with

School Board policy, including Rosepine High, which made

donations to charity.

As required by the audit, the School Board responded to the findings, writing it would retrain its bookkeepers and review

the findings with them and all principals.