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MCSD School Nutrition program needs work after audit

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The Muscogee County School Board approved the findings of an audit of the district, which said the School Nutrition program needed some work.

Local accounting firm Robinson, Grimes and Co. have cruised every aspect of the school district's financial records for last fiscal year ending June 30. The only "material weakness" in Robinson and Grimes' assessment of MCSD is a lack of monitoring in the School Nutrition program.

The audit report says incorrect reports were sent to the state and other information was posted inaccurately. Robinson and Grimes recommended in the report that the School Nutrition program work with the Finance Department on new procedures.

Superintendent David Lewis says when he first heard about the problems, "I met with the director of the School Nutrition program and her immediate supervisor and developed an action plan going forward to correct the monitoring issues that were the problem."

The district's Chief Financial Officer Sharon Adams told the school board the problems were fixed as soon as they were brought to her attention. "We got a clean opinion of financial statements," she says. "Everything was corrected and reported the financial statements over to the state board."

Superintendent Lewis says he learned about the issues within school nutrition just after he took office. It became a priority for him to encourage the Finance Department to work with the program to develop a new procedures manual.

He says he's glad that students weren't affected by the issues. "There was no short-change of money," he says. "There was no loss of money, it was simply a matter of accounting and monitoring."

As part of the partnership with the Finance Department, the School Nutrition program also has to complete monthly checklists to ensure everything is accurate.

The firm also conducted an audit of the school district's SPLOST, which they say is being handled in a "sound fiscal manner."

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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