BLOOMFIELD — This year's annual audit report for the Bloomfield School District showed a marked improvement.
The report for the 2012-2013 school year revealed one minor finding.
That's an improvement from last year's audit, which revealed several issues and ultimately led district officials to not renew the contract for the long-time athletic director, Phil Sategña.
The district's board of education on Tuesday approved the financial audit for the 2012-2013 school year after a presentation by Terry Ogle, an accountant and partner with Accounting and Financial Solutions, LLC and Gary Giron, the district's director of finance and operations.
"I want to remind you of the seven findings we had last year, and all those issues seem to be resolved because they did not recur this year," Giron said.
The seven findings listed on the 2011-2012 school year audit include untimely payment of game workers; untimely monitoring of budget line items; a lack of documentation for payroll; a lack of documentation for sales records for concession and merchandise; nepotism; improper tracking of Title IX donations; and improper tax documentation.
In December 2012, Superintendent Joe Rasor told The Daily Times that a Title IX review revealed financial and accounting discrepancies in the athletic department. He said he decided to not renew Sategña's contract because of that.
"Compared to some of our past audits, we were very pleased with the results," Rasor said Tuesday about this year's audit. "The finding was really minor, and it was a disagreement on how it was handled. We felt like it's correctable and won't be an issue next year."
Giron said the district has two bank accounts used to clear checks and one athletics account.
The three accounts were not reconciled into the district's cash report, which left the district carrying a balance of $339 between the three accounts, Giron said.
"There were clearing accounts that we use for payroll to do payroll runs ... and, at the end of every month, they return to zero, and so they reconcile to zero," Giron said. "The auditor wanted us to still reconcile those on a monthly basis, even though all that money returns to the general operation budget or athletics budget."
By moving the accounts to the district cash report or general ledger and eliminating the checks athletic payroll issues to game workers, the district will be back in compliance.
Giron said the district has a new system in place to correct the issue.
Rasor added that the district has been focused on clean audit reports.
"Over the last few years, we've been focusing strictly on running a clean house," Rasor said. "Whether it's minor or not, we need to address it and clean it up. Our goal is to have perfect audits."