District 482’s MARSS audit appeal denied

Members of the Little Falls School Board received an update on the MARSS audit previously conducted by the Department of Children, Families and Learning at its meeting Monday night.

The audit indicated enrollment discrepancies in the district’s kindergarten program and with those students attending the CEC for the school year 1997-1998. This state audit then indicated that the district owed $371,000 for this errant enrollment data.

Although Superintendent Dr. George Maurer appealed the audit determination made by the Department of Children, Families and Learning, a recent ruling by its finance manager stated that the appeal had been denied.

Dr. Maurer informed board members that, “The district is responsible for paying the state back $371,000 for those school years.”

The money will be taken directly from the state allocated funds which will be issued to the district on May 30.

Additionally, there is one more MARSS audit process that remains to be completed for the school years 1998-1999. Although enrollment data is again the issue, according to Dr. Maurer, “I believe the balance on what is owed will be considerably less. Both the district’s and state’s enrollment numbers for the students attending the CEC are very close. This will be the last year this is a problem.”

In other business, the school board:

• Heard a report on the Lincoln Job Sharing Program;

• Approved the purchase of a new server to operate the district’s payroll system;

• Approved the 2000-01 school year calendar;

• Adopted a resolution honoring the MAAP Star participants;

• Adopted a resolution honoring the Skill-O-Rama Participants; and,

• Heard the grant for the River Watch Program was denied.


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