Last updated: February 14. 2014 2:17PM - 1396 Views
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Eastern Local Treasurer Lisa Ritchie, center, is pictured with EMIS/SIS Coordinator Cathy Edwards, left, and assistant to the treasurer Terri Soulsby.
Eastern Local Treasurer Lisa Ritchie, center, is pictured with EMIS/SIS Coordinator Cathy Edwards, left, and assistant to the treasurer Terri Soulsby.
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TUPPERS PLAINS — For the third time in four years, Eastern Local School District has been recognized with the Auditor of State award.

The Auditor of State award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit.

Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:

  • The entity must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles).
  • The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings or questioned costs.
  • The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to: Ethics referrals; questioned costs less than $10,000; lack of timely report submission; reconciliation; failure to obtain a timely single audit; findings for recovery less than $100; public meetings or public records.

Eastern Local CFO/Treasurer Lisa Ritchie said the award is reflective of the hard work and dedication put in by all those in the treasurer’s office.

“The honor takes way more than just me,” said Ritchie. “There are three of us in the office. It takes everyone.”

She stated that the audit does not only look at financial reports, but also data collection, attendance and student activity funds. One of the only things not looked at in the audit is the booster clubs as they are separate entities.

The district also received the award in 2010 and 2012. Ritchie added that the district did not received the award in 2011 due to federal funds reporting. The problem had to do with the allocation of funds varying each time money was sent to the district. This created a problem with the allocation of funds in the line item. Funds for this were not permitted to be drawn down like other federal grants had been.

In addition to Eastern Local, award recipients announced this week were, Arlington Local School District in 2012 and 2013 (Hancock County); Carlisle Local School District (Warren County); Copley-Fairlawn City School District (Summit County); Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority (Montgomery County); Fairfield Union Local School District (Fairfield County); Garaway Local School District (Tuscarawas County); Greene County Vocational School District (Greene County); Interactive Media and Construction, Inc. (Richland County); Lorain County Joint Vocational School District (Lorain County); Mansfield Elective Academy (Richland County); Mansfield Enhancement Academy (Richland County); Ohio Med-Eastern Governments Association (Guernsey County); Tri-Rivers Joint Vocational School District (Marion County); Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (Lucas County); Vermillion Local School District (Erie County); Western Reserve Local School District (Huron County); and Wood County Educational Service Center (Wood County).

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