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A special audit of financial records of the Woodmore School District has begun, Jamie Pearson, district treasurer, told residents attending an Oct. 25 forum.
She described the audit as a “limited-scope examination of financial records and other information designed to investigate allegations of fraud, theft or misappropriation of funds. I felt I had an obligation to report some of these discrepancies at the auditor of state’s conference and that’s where this all started.”
The audit could cover more than one fiscal year, she said.
By implementing more internal controls, Pearson said the administration has made progress in addressing problems with balancing bank reconciliation statements, correcting payroll errors and similar issues.
Dream Again Ohio will soon be opening two subsidized residences to house foster children who have aged at 18 out of the system in former parsonages in the villages of Woodville (Solomon Lutheran) and Elmore (Bethel United Brethren).
There is no set move-in date but the house in Woodville has been recently renovated and has held an open house for the community.
The Elmore residence will house boys and the Woodville residence will house girls, with one site manager for both locations.
The goal of Dream Again Ohio, says founder Evan Matheney, is to end homelessness among former foster youth and to help them develop vital life skills needed to succeed outside of the foster system.
A non-profit organization, Dream Again Ohio was founded by Matheney in October 2014.
Two complaints of money thefts from Woodmore High School facilities have recently been filed with the Elmore Police Department.
Police were called to the school Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, according to department reports.
On the 29th, James Kieper, high school principal, reported funds missing from “athletic event admissions.”
On Oct. 1, Steve Barr, athletic director, also notified police of a “cash box reported stolen from unoccupied and unsecured concession building.”
Sgt. Jeffrey Harrison, who responded to both calls, issued a statement last week saying the thefts are under investigation and additional records would not be released.
The Wildcats last home football game, prior to the missing funds being reported, was against Otsego on Sept. 18.
The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will benefit from a bill approved last week by the state legislature that reinstates some of the school funding removed by one of Gov. John Kasich’s line-item vetoes of the state budget in June.
Lawmakers included $44 million in additional payments to dozens of school districts in Senate Bill 208, which was also drafted to avert an unintended tax hike next year on small businesses.
The bill passed in both chambers of the legislature Tuesday and provides the additional funds to districts to compensate them for lost revenue from the elimination of the tangible personal property tax that was assessed on business inventory and equipment.
B-C-S schools are scheduled to receive $133,081 in Fiscal 2017 under the bill. Other districts in The Press circulation area are not receiving the supplemental payments. Lawmakers wrote the bill to include a formula that would provide at least 96 percent of a district’s state aid and TPP reimbursements received in fiscal 2015. Many districts stand to receive more than that in 2017.
Last month, freshman students from local schools were bused to the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry to take part in the second annual Ottawa County Career Showcase.
The event, conducted by the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation and sponsored by the Ottawa County Business Advisory Council, was part of National Manufacturing Month – celebrated in October.
This year, over 600 freshman students from Ottawa County schools (where Camp Perry is located) attended the showcase. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) was proud to serve as participant and host at last year’s inaugural event as well as during this year’s showcase, which is meant to encourage workforce development, career preparation and skilled-trade opportunities for the next workforce generation.
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