Legislative Post Audit committee approves districts for efficiency audits

LPA approves three districts for school efficiency audit list for 2017.

The Legislative Post Audit Joint Committee meeting on Wednesday identified three school districts for audits.

Each summer Post Audit requests volunteers from small, medium and large enrollment school districts. If no districts volunteer, the agency conducts a lottery selection and invites a member of KASB staff to attend as a witness. This year Bucklin USD 459 volunteered in the small district category and Labette County USD 506 volunteered for the medium district, but wanted the audit to take place next fall instead of in the spring. The committee made no objection.

No volunteers were received in the large district category so staff held a lottery drawing which resulted in the selection of Garden City USD 457. The district has been notified and has until Oct. 15 to request a one-year delay if circumstances warrant.

Other audit topics included IT security at a few regents universities, the KanDrive program at the Kansas Department of Revenue, a look at the KanCare waiting list and a follow up on the audits for foster care compliance issues with the Kansas Department of Children and Families.

The afternoon was focused on operational topics including budget proposals for fiscal year 2017 and FY 2018 as well as some potential legislation and rules changes for next session. The final topic of interest was approval of the list of districts for the next round of efficiency audits during this fiscal year.  

The committee will meet again in December and is expected to receive the audit report on K-12 Federal Education Funds: Evaluating the Costs and Benefits Associated with K-12 Federal Education Funding in addition to possibly reviewing a request from House Education Chairman Ron Highland, R-Wamego, to study the cost of a public school system that would have districts with similar numbers of students and property wealth.

September 22, 2016