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Clean audit for District 25; school board names new officers, fills many positions
Dec 13, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
The Fremont County School District 25 board of trustees received a passing audit report by McKee, Marburger & Fagnant P.C. for fiscal year 2012-2013.
Auditor Dave Brinda summarized the independent report on the financial statements for boards Tuesday, saying it came with an "unmodified opinion."
"(That) means your financial statements are fairly presented in all material respects," Brinda said.
As of June 30, 201,4 the district will have $66.8 million in assets. The district also has $2.7 million in inflow of resources, which Brinda said refers to property taxes levied but not yet available for the use by the district. This year the district has $61.8 million in equity, up $382,000.
Total revenues for the district in governmental activities totaled $42.7 million, with $42.159 million expenditures. Brinda also said the audit showed that out of $4.2 million spent in federal money, most was used for Title I and special education programs. He praised District 25 business manager Michael Collins and staff for their good work.
"What you see in this report is quality work that's done within the district," District 25 superintendent Terry Snyder said. "He works really hard to make that happen, and he has a lot of really good strong support too."
Collins he was delivering what is expected of him and his staff.
"It's part of the job," Collins said. "If you don't have a clean audit, you don't keep your job."
The board also elected new officers Tuesday. Larry Christensen was elected chairman, Dean Peranteaux vice chairman, Lynette Jeffries clerk, and Glen Ogg treasurer.
The board also appointed Peranteaux as the Big Horn Basin Children's Center Northwest Board of Cooperative Educational Services representative, Carl Manning as the Fremont County BOCES representative, Mark Stone as the Central Wyoming College Board of Cooperative Higher Educational Services representative, and Ogg and Peranteaux as the Wyoming School Board Association delegates.
Manning was appointed as the legislative coordinator, Snyder as the chief budgeting officer and purchasing agent, and Joel Vincent as the legal counsel. The Ranger remained the official newspaper for public notice advertising, assistant superintendent JoAnne Flanagan will coordinate federal programs, and Collins was named the child nutrition, free and reduced hearing officer.
Ogg and Peranteaux were appointed District 25 Recreation Board representatives, and Snyder was named the representative district meetings with county boards.
Stone was given a plaque Tuesday to acknowledge his position as past board chairman.
"When you get the chance to serve the children in our community, it's really an opportunity that you should never pass up," Stone said. "(It's) the most rewarding position I've ever had in my life."
Stone said he would miss handing out diplomas during high school graduation.
"That's special, (to) see these kids come up through the system. That's quite an honor," he said.
Stone commended the for disagreeing professionally, having a great work ethic and working for the students of the district.
"You've had a great year, and I appreciate everything that you've done for the district as chair this last year," Manning said to Stone.
"I know leadership is not easy but you did it with precision," Christensen said after handing Stone his plaque.