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Outstanding and voided checks questioned at school board meeting

Fri, Jan 16th 2015 10:05 am

by Autumn Evans

The Niagara-Wheatfield School Board's first meeting of the new year Jan. 7 ended quickly, with all agenda items passed in just under 20 minutes after an extended executive session.

Little discussion was held on most agenda items, with the exception of the treasurer's report and internal claims auditor report.

Board member Amy Deull questioned the October and November treasurer's reports, which showed outstanding checks from those months. She said she wanted to know what those checks were for and would send a copy of her list to Superintendent Lynn Marie Fusco.

Deull also asked about voided checks in the auditor report.

"On there, on the front, as usual, it usually says, 'no voids, no voids,' but there are voids - there are a number of voids," she said. Deull said 19 checks included in the report with full entries were listed as void, in addition to 15 checks voided during printing.

"I want to know why the front page says 'voids none,' because I think they're either a void or not a void," she said.

Fusco asked Deull to send her questions to the school's internal auditor.

In other school board news:

•Board president Steven Sabo announced he would present a resolution at the next meeting in response to a December letter from Board of Regent Chancellor Merryl Tisch to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In the letter, Tisch proposed allowing the state Department of Education greater power to intervene in failing school districts, overruling school boards.

•Deull asked for an update on cost savings from increasing the school's building insurance deductible, which was discussed in a presentation at the beginning of the school year. Fusco said a presentation would be ready for a meeting later this month or in February.

•Board member Darren Sneed congratulated the wrestlers from N-W who competed in the 34th annual Niagara Frontier Officials High School Wrestling Tournament, held at Niagara County Community College during the first weekend of January.

"I think they rose above their expectations," he said. "I'd just like to say, congratulations."

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