REPORT DIGEST

 

REGIONAL OFFICE OF EDUCATION #43

 

MARSHALL/PUTNAM/ WOODFORD COUNTIES

 

FINANCIAL AUDIT

For the Year Ended:

June 30, 2006

 

Summary of Findings:

 

Total this audit†††††††††††††             1

Total last audit†††††††††††††             1

Repeated from last audit†††††††††† 1

 

Release Date:

March 29, 2007

 

 

State of Illinois

Office of the Auditor General

WILLIAM G. HOLLAND

AUDITOR GENERAL

 

 

 

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SYNOPSIS

 

 

 

        The Regional Office of Education #43 did not comply with certain statutory administrative requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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†††††††† ††††††††††††††{Expenditures and Revenues are summarized on the reverse page.}

 


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REGIONAL OFFICE OF EDUCATION #43

MARSHALL/PUTNAM/WOODFORD COUNTIES

 

FINANCIAL AUDIT

For The Year Ended June 30, 2006

 

 

 

FY 2006

FY 2005

TOTAL REVENUES

$278,526

$251,544

Local Sources

$80,216

$61,535

% of Total Revenues

28.80%

24.46%

State Sources

$194,375

$187,448

% of Total Revenues

69.79%

74.52%

Federal Sources

$3,935

$2,561

% of Total Revenues

1.41%

1.02%

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURES

$275,624

$254,020

Salaries and Benefits

$230,821

$221,592

% of Total Expenditures

83.74%

87.23%

Purchased Services

$41,108

$30,240

% of Total Expenditures

14.91%

11.90%

All Other Expenditures

$3,695

$2,188

% of Total Expenditures

1.34%

0.86%

 

 

 

TOTAL NET ASSETS

$24,839

$21,937

 

 

 

INVESTMENT IN CAPITAL ASSETS

 

$178

 

$413

 

 

†††† Percentages may not add due to rounding.

 

REGIONAL SUPERINTENDENT

During Audit Period: Honorable Rolland D. Marshall

Currently:Honorable Rolland D. Marshall


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Regional Office of Education #43 did not comply with certain statutory administrative requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 

 

CONTROLS OVER COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND REGULATIONS

 

The Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/3-14.11) requires the Regional Superintendent to examine at least once each year all books, accounts, and vouchers of every school treasurer in his educational service region, and if he finds any irregularities in them, to report them at once, as directed by the School Code.

 

The Regional Office of Education #43 did not examine at least once each year all books, accounts, and vouchers of every school treasurer in the educational service region.Regional Office officials noted they believe the mandate is outdated and that they are satisfying the intent of the statute by other reviews they undertake.This mandate has existed in its current form since at least 1953.†††††††††

 

The Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/3-14.5) also requires the Regional Superintendent to visit each public school in the county at least once a year, noting the methods of instruction, the branches taught, the textbooks used, and the discipline, government and general condition of the schools.This mandate has existed in its current form since at least 1953.

 

The Regional Superintendent performs compliance inspections for each public school in his region on a rotational basis every four years instead of annually.The Illinois Public School Accreditation Process Compliance Component document completed at these visits includes many of the items delineated in 105 ILCS 5/3-14.5, but does not include a review of the methods of instruction and the textbooks used in the district.

 

Finally, the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/3-5) requires the Regional Superintendent to present under oath or affirmation to the county board at its meeting in September and as nearly quarterly thereafter as it may have regular or special meetings, a report of all his acts as county superintendent, including a list of all the schools visited with the dates of visitation.This mandate has existed in its current form since at least 1953.

 

The Regional Office did not present at the September county board meeting, and as nearly quarterly thereafter, a report of all his acts including a list of all the schools visited and dates of visitation.The Regional Office did submit an annual report to its counties but the report did not contain all of the items mentioned in the School Code.(Finding 06-1, pages 13-14)

 

The Regional Office of Education #43 accepted the recommendation to comply with the statutory requirements.The Regional Office responded that with regards to compliance with 105 ILCS 5/3-14.11 and 105 ILCS 5/3-14.5, the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools and the Illinois State Board of Education have agreed to seek legislation to remove duplicative and/or obsolete sections of the Illinois School Code.Both parties believe that 105 ILCS 5/3-7 of the Illinois School Code and 23 Ill. Adm. Code 1.20, respectively, contain more current, thorough, and comprehensive requirements concerning a public school districtís financial transactions and visitation of public schools by the Regional Superintendent.As a result, the two parties working together will seek legislation to repeal these two sections of the Illinois School Code.†† With regards to 105 ILCS 5/3-5, the Regional Superintendent plans to present under affirmation to the county boards, quarterly reports of all his acts as Regional Superintendent, including a list of all the schools visited with the dates of visitation.††

 

 

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AUDITORSí OPINION

 

Our auditors state the Regional Office of Education #43ís financial statements as of June 30, 2006 are fairly presented in all material respects.

 

 

 

 

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WILLIAM G. HOLLAND, Auditor General

WGH:JRB

 

SPECIAL ASSISTANT AUDITORS

 

Our special assistant auditors were Ginoli & Company LTD.