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Use of school funds deemed safe at Hart, COC

Board vice president credits leadership

Posted: January 22, 2009 9:29 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Two of the Santa Clarita Valley's biggest school districts received top marks on their annually-required audits for the 2007-08 year.

The William S. Hart Union High School District and the Santa Clarita Community College District boards unanimously approved and accepted the unqualified independent reports during their respective board meetings Wednesday.

The Santa Clarita Community College District underwent six separate audits. They included audits for the College of the Canyons Foundation, a district audit and two audits each for Measure C and Measure M.

Voters approved Measure C, worth $82 million, in 2001. Measure M, worth $160 million, passed in 2006.

"The wonderful thing is that all of these reports were unqualified. There were no findings, no issues," said College of the Canyons spokeswoman Sue Bozman.

"The auditors were pleased to be able to tell us they were excellent audits," she said.

The college generally receives unqualified reports.

"Over the years, there have been a few suggestions that we've put into place," she said.

The suggestions typically involve hiring more staff to reduce workloads.

The board of trustees welcomed the good news Wednesday, especially as unqualified audit reports allow College of the Canyons to receive state or federal funds for future projects.

"I just think it's a tribute to our leadership and our staff," said board vice president Scott Wilk.

"It shows the trustees that the college is being well-managed financially," said board president Joan MacGregor.

Auditors found only minor errors in their audits of the Hart district, said Sue Guthrie, chief financial officer for the district.

"The findings they had were all relatively routine," said Hart board president Steve Sturgeon. "Most if not all findings have been corrected."

The district typically receives high marks with no major errors.

"I can't remember in a regular district audit that there's ever been any," he said.


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