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School board hears audit recommendation

Thursday, November 15, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The audit report on the McCook School District recommended that more than one person review financial transactions.

Business Manager Rick Haney told the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting that the only "red flag" given in the report was the lack of segregation concerning financial transactions. Haney explained that ideally, "two sets of eyes" should be on every transaction but that the audit also showed that with the limited number of personnel and budget constraints, this may not be always be possible.

The audit was done by McDermott and Miller of Kearney, Nebraska.

Haney also said at Monday's meeting that the district's budget will be modified, to reflect the savings to the district when school bonds are re-financed. In October, the board authorized the bonds at $4.8 million for renovation and new construction at McCook Elementary, to be re-financed with lower interest rates.

In other business, the school board heard from two McCook Senior High students that placed first and second in the competition, "Poetry Across the Generation," sponsored by Omaha Public Library, Omaha Public School and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Savannah Rogers, who placed first and Allie Been, second, read their poetry at the meeting and Pam Wolford, English teacher at MHS, explained that the students submitted two poems each and after being selected, presented their poetry via "Skype" to an audience in Omaha.

Although there is no creative writing class offered at the high school, Wolford said students have been meeting once a week as a creative writing club.

Board president Tom Bredvick gave an update on PTO at the McCook Elementary and said the box top competition garnered more than $2,000 for classrooms, the largest amount raised to date. The PTO is now in the process of organizing the "Holiday Shop" activity.

Gavin Harsh of McCook Senior High student council, updated the board on activities and said that student council recently attended the state workshop in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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