• School board announces audit results, enrollment

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    During the Unified School District 207 board meeting Oct. 15 at the board office, Karen Linn, managing director of Berberich Trahan & Co. Public Accountants, briefed board members on the results of the 2017-2018 schoolyear financial audit.
    The audit took place over three days in August.
    In summation, Linn said the company did not identify any significant or unusual transactions or significant accounting policies in controversial or emerging areas for which there is a lack of authoritative guidance or consensus; encountered no disagreements with management over the application of significant accounting principles, the basis for management’s judgements on any significant matters, the scope of the audit or significant disclosures to be included in the financial statement; no significant issues arising from the audit were discussed or the subject of correspondence with management; and did not encounter any significant difficulties in dealing with management during the audit.
    “The internal controls here are functioning well and they’re working as they are designed,” Linn said.
    Lt. Col. Bryce Frederickson, board vice president, said he was pleased with the results.
    “Anytime you have an outside inspection and you don’t find anything, that’s a good thing,” he said.
    The official enrollment numbers for the 2018-19 schoolyear have been announced. Total there are 1,852 students, a decrease of 72 students from the 2017-18 schoolyear. Of the total, 238 students are part of the SPED — special education — Program, a decrease of 17 students from the 2017-18 schoolyear.
    New hires in special education — two at Bradley Elementary School, two at MacArthur, and one district-wide — have allowed contracted special education positions to decrease to only 1.5 full-time equivalent hours district-wide.
    There are still openings for paraeducators throughout the schools. To apply, visit the district website at www.usd207.org.
    Patton athletics admission fee
    The board approved a small admission fee for all Kaw Valley League sporting events. This is the first year that Patton Junior High School has been a part of the KVL, made up of 11 schools.
    The KVL bylaws require a $3 admission fee for adults and a $1 admission fee for students. There will be no charge for senior citizens aged 60 and older, or individuals and families with a military ID.
    The admission fee will be in effect for four different tournaments: the eighth-grade Girls and Boys Basketball KVL Tournaments in December and February, the KVL Wrestling Matchups Saturday tournament in December and the KVL Track Meet in May.
    The fee will offset the cost of running and hosting the events and any extra funds will go back into the student activities fund.
    Page 2 of 2 - Track renovations
    At the previous board meeting on Sept. 17, Keith Mispagel, superintendent of schools, briefed board members on the renovation plans for Normandy Track.
    Renovations, through FieldTurf, will include resurfacing of the track, new goal posts, and a longer turf blade for more cushion. The new field will be approximately 98,000 square feet.
    The board officially approved the plans during the meeting and the renovations are expected to be completed before Patton’s track season begins in the spring.
    All board meetings are open to the community. The next USD 207 board meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at MacArthur. For a complete overview of the meeting and the minutes, visit https://www.boarddocs.com/ks/usd207/Board.nsf/Public.
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