Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Audit Hits Errors at School for Impaired; the Issues Were Deemed Relatively Minor and Most Already Have Been Fixed, the Board Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Audit Hits Errors at School for Impaired; the Issues Were Deemed Relatively Minor and Most Already Have Been Fixed, the Board Says

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Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING

TALLAHASSEE - A state audit of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind has found six problems at the St. Augustine school, including inadequate oversight of construction projects and documentation lapses by two of the seven trustees.

Officials at the 121-year-old school acknowledge the errors, but said Thursday they are minor and mostly have been corrected.

The operational audit by the state Auditor General's Office covered from July 1, 2005, to June 30.

The findings, along with the school's responses:

-- The school was not properly administering and documenting construction projects, "including inadequate insurance coverage, inadequate documentation of contingency adjustments, and noncompetitive selection of vendors and subcontractors."

School officials said they are making the necessary changes and that the appearance of noncompetitive bidding procedures was created by incorrect documentation.

-- Two of the seven members of the school's board of trustees - Pamela Juba of Pensacola and Celida Grau of Hialeah - did not file statements of financial interests, which help guard against conflicts of interest.

School officials say those are the responsibility of trustees, not the school, but they have implemented a reminder system. Both Juba and Grau filed their statements this summer, and Grau since has resigned from the board because of health concerns.

-- Access to a state database was accidentally allowed for three ex-employees after their termination.

School officials say they are strengthening control over such access.

-- Certification was missing or incomplete for certain employees who were only authorized to work on federally funded programs.

The school since has provided the paperwork.

-- Improper procedures allowed the school's Student Bank to give cash advances to school employees for work-related expenses without adequate safeguards. …

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