Katie Peterson | Staff Writer

Karen Linn, Berberich Trahan and Co., certified public accountant, reviewed the results of the 2019-2020 schoolyear financial audit with board members during the monthly meeting April 26 at the board office.

Linn gave her presentation via videoteleconference.

The financial audit period covered July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

Key determinations from the audit revealed that no significant or unusual transactions were identified, there were no disagreements with management over the application of significant accounting principles, there were no significant issues discussed with management, and there were no significant difficulties with management while the audit was performed.

One deficiency identified during the audit was internal control over financial reporting.
The supporting document provided by Berberich Trahan and Co., states: “Several individual funds in the financials provided by the district for our audit testing were not in balance and were not able to be reconciled with the beginning unencumbered cash balance per the prior period audited financial statements. … As such, the district’s internal control over the financial statements should be able to identify and resolve issues that could cause fund balance to be imbalanced through misstatements of other elements of the financial statements. … We recommend that the district implement controls and processes that allow for the identification of underlying misstatements that could result in the ending unencumbered cash balance to be misstated.”

Both Linn and Keith Mispagel, USD 207 superintendent, confirmed that the issue has been addressed appropriately.

“There’s not a misappropriation of funds. There’s nothing illegal,” Mispagel said. “There’s a plan to address the deficiency moving forward.”

Extracurricular activities
The board approved the restarting of some clubs, extracurricular activities and sports for the 2021-2022 schoolyear.

Because of COVID-19 precautions, the board elected to cancel all clubs, extracurricular activities and sports for the 2020-2021 schoolyear at the July 27, 2020, board meeting.
“I stand by (the July 2020 decision) being the correct safety measure for students, the community and staff, but also recognize the importance of these activities for students,” Mispagel wrote to the board. “I feel confident in the expansive safety protocols and measures put in place by the district this year, which when continued, can support safe participation in extracurricular activities and sports for the 2021-2022 schoolyear.”

All activities that open will focus on continuing of safety measures such as social distancing and face coverings. Adjustments may be made as COVID-19 cases and protocols change.

For updates on available sports and activities, visit the Patton Junior High School website.
Student and staff handbooks.

The board approved the most recent updates to student and staff handbooks for all USD 207 schools based on recommendations given by Tammy Somogye, USD 207 board attorney.

The new handbooks will be available on the district website by May 3.

Patton update
During the meeting, Rich Holden, USD 207 chief financial officer, updated board members on the progress of the new Patton Junior High School at the old MacArthur Elementary site with a discussion on various inspection reports, and retired Lt. Col. Christopher Evans, board vice president, commented on his recent tour of the facility.
“I’ve seen pictures, but until you actually go inside the school and stand in what I call the grand entryway, the pictures I don’t even want to look at anymore,” Evans said, “I just want to go back over there.”

Board members and other essential personnel practiced social distancing and wore face coverings during the board meeting. Some USD 207 office staff and other personnel attended the meeting via videoteleconferencing.

All board meetings are open to the public. For an overview of the meeting and the minutes, visit https://go.boarddocs.com/ks/usd207/Board.nsf/Public.

The next USD 207 board meeting is at 4:30 p.m. May 24 at the board office. A Zoom link will be available to the public the day of the meeting for virtual participants.


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