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Auditor issues finding against area school

Employee absence cited as reason for lack of controls

— The state Auditor’s Office has issued a finding against the Okanogan School District after scrutinizing its books for Sept. 1, 2012, through Aug. 31, 2013.

The auditor determined the district’s internal controls were not adequate to ensure compliance with school-wide plan mandates for its federal Title I program.

Superintendent Richard Johnson said the discrepancy had to do with a plan for Virginia Grainger Elementary School.

The problem was caused by absences in the administrative position responsible for completing and approving the district’s school-wide plan, the state said.

The district did not have monitoring to ensure the plan was updated to cover the 2013 fiscal year.

In its response, the district acknowledged it did not have the proper monitoring to ensure the plan was updated.

The district’s federal and state programs director, Pam Snyman, had been ill and died last week.

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