Northridge Local School District Boasts Fifth Straight Clean Audit
JOHNSTOWN, Ohio, July 5, 2018 – The recent release of the independent State of Ohio Auditor’s report for the 2016-17 school year marks the fifth straight “clean audit” for the Northridge Local School District.
“A single clean audit is exceptional,” said Board of Education President Doug Hart. “That Dave Yost’s office issued one five years in a row is simply stunning, and demonstrates that, while our financial resources are exceptionally limited, we are being incredibly responsible with what little we do have. Dealing with such a principled Treasurer’s office can be frustrating at times for staff but, ultimately, this string of clean audits allows our community to be confident that we apply the funds they supply to us strictly for the good of our students.”
The fifth straight clean audit is an important indicator that the financial state of Northridge Local Schools is headed in the right direction. The audit confirms that the district’s finances are all accounted for and that reports are filed appropriately. This is proof that the district’s accounting practices are in check and that they are reviewed by an independent source. It also indicates that there are no findings for recovery for five years.
“In the 2011-12 school year, we received multiple audit findings,” said Treasurer Brett Lewis. “But we’ve been working hard to turn things around since then. Receiving our fifth clean audit for the 2016-17 school year shows that we’ve made a fantastic turnaround with our finances.”
An immediate benefit from the improved financial reporting is that families now pay less for students to participate in district sports and other extracurricular activities.
“In 2011-12, our pay to participate costs were $500 per activity, no cap, plus school fees,” said Lewis. “Aided by our community based Finance Committee, for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, the costs are $100 per activity in high school with a $200 cap per family and no school fees.”
“We strive to ensure that our financial decisions are aligned with and driven by our vision and mission statements,” said Lewis.
About Northridge Local Schools
Our vision is to ensure that every student reaches their fullest potential. Our mission is to empower all students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be college and career ready.