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Press Release Improvements Needed in Management of Recovery Funds at Three Public School Districts

State Auditor Suzanne Bump today issued three audits of local school districts, each finding the school system lacked documented policies to ensure federal grant money is being spent properly.
For immediate release:
8/27/2012
  • Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump

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Mike Wessler, Communications Director

Boston — State Auditor Suzanne Bump today issued three audits of local school districts (Oxford, Hudson, and Marshfield), each finding the school system lacked documented policies to ensure federal grant money is being spent properly and safeguarded from loss, theft, and misuse. 

From the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, all three schools were awarded between $400,000 and $1.2 million in federal funds by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Under federal guidelines for the administration of ARRA funds, school districts and other government agencies are responsible for establishing a documented system of internal controls specific to the ARRA grants.  When auditors reviewed each school’s management of ARRA funds, neither Oxford, Hudson, nor Marshfield had formalized such policies.

The three school districts were awarded the following ARRA funds:

             School District                           Total Award

Oxford Public School District                    $459,249

Hudson Public School District                    $694,946

Marshfield Public School District                $1,071,225

Auditor Bump has called on the Oxford, Hudson, and Marshfield school districts to update their policies to comply with ARRA guidelines.  Each school district has responded positively to the findings and is pursuing implementation of Auditor Bump’s recommendations.

Normally, the Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA) does not audit local school districts, but as a full partner in state government’s oversight of ARRA funds, the OSA has been conducting school district audits specific to their management of the federal grants.

The Hudson Public Schools audit is available here.

The Marshfield Public Schools audit is available here.

The Oxford Public Schools audit is available here.

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Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump 

The Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) conducts audits, investigations, and studies to promote accountability and transparency, improve performance, and make government work better.

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