The superintendent and school board members were notified the state’s file on the 2012 audit report is closed, a letter from the Georgia Department of Education to Dr. Frank Petruzielo shows.
Barbara Jacoby, spokesperson for the Cherokee County School District, said the 2012 financial audit report was not changed from the draft presented to the board in October, when the district got a clean bill of health from the independent auditor.
“Christian Hatch of Williamson & Co. Certified Public Accounting firm has issued an ‘unqualified’ opinion, which is the best opinion an auditor can issue,” she explained. “The report continues the school district’s long history of unqualified audits with no evidence of any mismanagement.”
Hatch presented the district’s financial audit to the board during a work session in October, and the report was released to the public in November, giving the district the high marks.
The state DoE reviewed the fiscal 2012 audit report, which looks at the county school district’s financial reporting from July, 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012, and noted two “closed findings.”
The district had two audit findings, or issues, in their 2012 audit report, but state Financial Reviewer Rhonda Metts commented on the findings in her letter to the superintendent this week, saying that both issues have since been resolved.
Jacoby said as part of the 2012 audit, Hatch looked at the previous fiscal year audit report and made observations.
“Mr. Hatch examined the findings from the previous fiscal year (FY 2011) audit as part of his review and noted that four of the six findings were resolved in FY 2012, with changes made in FY 2013 to resolve the final two,” Jacoby said, noting none of the findings rose to a level of being qualified, which means none of the findings were cause for significant concern.
Hatch is also auditing the district’s 2013 finances, and Jacoby said “the fieldwork remains underway” and “the report could be presented as soon as next month.”