The school board will take up the request made by School Board member Michael Geist at its regular meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Geist has asked the board to bring a representative from the 2010-11 fiscal year audit company, Mauldin and Jenkins, to summarize the 2011 audit findings for the board and address questions from individual board members.
Geist made the request after Board member Kelly Marlow continued to request that the auditors attend a meeting without making an official agenda item.
According to Geist’s explanation for the request, the audit for the fiscal year that ended in 2011 “noted negative findings related to compliance, control, equity balances, cash accounts, year-end financial close-out procedures, collateralization of accounts and other areas.”
“I would suggest that it would be appropriate for the board to review and better understand the severity of these findings — or lack thereof — and take corrective action as needed,” Geist wrote in his summary explanation and background for the agenda item request.
At the Sept. 5 School Board meeting, Marlow brought up the audit and asked why no Mauldin and Jenkins representative had come to a meeting yet. Board Chair Janet Read told Marlow that she needed to request an agenda item so the district could do research on the possible cost that the auditor may charge for a visit, since “the auditor does not work for us.”
Cherokee School Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo also responded to Marlow at the September meeting, explaining how the majority of the board would need to vote to bring an audit representative for it to happen, and questioning why Marlow has, “for some reason,” not given her “seven pages” of audit questions to the board for officials to answer.
“The safest way to proceed, and I think the most appropriate way for Ms. Marlow to get the answers to her questions, is for her to bring an agenda item, and to see if at least a majority of the board agree that there ought to be some additional pursuit of questions and answers as it relates to the former auditor for the school system,” Petruzielo said.
After a frustrated board discussed the auditor’s visit for some time, Geist finally said that he would make the request for Marlow to “settle the question.”
On Sept. 25, Geist made the official agenda item request to consider bringing a Mauldin and Jenkins representative to speak to the board and answer questions.
The board will also hold a work session before the meeting, and will discuss a five-year strategic plan, the Affordable Care Act, Race to the Top, 2014-15 school boundaries and other items.
The meeting Thursday will start with a work session at 6 p.m. with the regular meeting to follow at 7 p.m. at the historic Canton High School Board Auditorium.