Cumberland Times-News

Local News

May 1, 2013

Auditors spot issues for school construction agency

Staff not monitoring status of projects to ‘ensure the timely submission of ... documents’

CUMBERLAND — Auditors said the state agency that will provide most of the funding for the new Allegany High School needs to correct several deficiencies in tracking and monitoring school construction and the recovery of funding from local jurisdictions.

The audit, by the Department of Legislative Services Office of Legislative Audits, was released April 22.

The Interagency Committee on School Construction in the 2011 fiscal year expended $249 million for public school construction projects, auditors said.

Those projects need tighter record-keeping by the IAC, auditors said.

“Proper controls were not established over data recorded in IAC’s automated records related to approved construction projects and LEA-procured contracts and certain documentation was not maintained,” the audit report said.

Auditors also said IAC staff did not monitor the status of projects to “ensure the timely submission of construction project closeout documents,” auditors said.

Other problems were found because of insufficient internal controls over an automated accounting system used to track project and contract costs and in assuring the consistency of project contracts.

The audit also said the IAC was not taking “sufficient actions to resolve a matter involving certain debt that was to be assumed by a local jurisdiction for a school that was no longer being used for school purposes,” according to the audit report.

The IAC agreed with most of the audit’s findings and said they would take corrective action.

The IAC disagreed with two of the findings. On an outstanding debt owed to the state, the IAC said the local jurisdiction has applied for a waiver of the debt.

The IAC also denied staff failed to monitor “timely submission of project close-out documents, based upon the best information available to the finance office in order to determine an estimated date of completion or occupancy,” according to the IAC’s reply to the findings, incorporated in the report.

The state’s Public School Construction Program recently notified the school system that the Maryland Board of Public Works approved, for partial funding, the Allegany High project.

Gov. Martin O’Malley has included money for the projects in his proposed capital budget for fiscal 2014.

The total cost of the Allegany project is projected to be $41.4 million.

Contact Matthew Bieniek at mbieniek@times-news.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Easter experience Easter experience

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Game on: City interested in baseball study

    After it looked like the objection of a couple of constituents to a study on the feasibility of bringing a minor league baseball team to the area may have torpedoed the thought, county commissioners and some city officials sounded ready to sing a chorus of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Thursday.

    April 18, 2014

  • DEREK SHEELY Charges against helmet maker stand in case of Frostburg player’s death

    A Montgomery County judge this week declined to dismiss charges against a helmet manufacturer in a case brought by the parents of a Frostburg State University football player who died of head injuries in August 2011 following four straight days of heavy contact drills in practice.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GAYLE MANCHIN W.Va. BOE president speaks on issues at WVSDB

    West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin responded to issues at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind during an interview with the Times-News Wednesday morning.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • REGINALD REDMAN Moorefield man jailed on felony drug count

    A Moorefield man was arrested on various charges Thursday, including a felony drug offense for possession of amphetamines, according to the Keyser Police Department.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blossoming optimism Blossoming optimism

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds

    After you drive Alexander and Furnace streets then navigate a couple of switchbacks on Cemetery Road, you’d figure there would be no more uphill.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Proposed county budget holds most agencies flat

    After taking into account an income tax shortfall, Allegany County Finance Director Jason Bennett said he’ll propose a budget that holds most outside agencies to flat funding and funds the Board of Education at what county officials say are maintenence of effort levels for 2015.

    April 17, 2014

  • RYAN WOLF Wolf named 2014-15 Garrett Teacher of the Year

    Southern Garrett High School teacher Ryan Wolf has been named the 2014-15 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock

    While giving a civics lesson at Frostburg State University on Thursday, U.S. Rep. John Delaney, congressman from Maryland’s sixth district, told students that the polarization in Congress is due primarily to redistricting and a poorly designed Congressional schedule.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Facebook
Must Read
News related video
Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Obama: 8 Million Healthcare Signups Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military