What if the state audits a payroll and finds no payments that raise alarms?
In the case of the Eden Central School District, auditors from the state comptroller's office said school employees were paid properly, but still suggested the district update its internal controls.
An audit to see if the district accurately paid salaries and wages from July 1, 2015 to Dec. 6, 2016 looked at regular salary payments for 40 employees and overtime payments for eight additional workers during five payroll periods. The district's annual payroll is more than $12 million.
"We found that regular salary and overtime payments were paid in accordance with board approvals, correctly calculated and properly supported," the audit said.
But the audit recommended the district "adopt a comprehensive written payroll policy and update existing written procedures" and provide adequate oversight to payrolls. The district responded that its procedures will be updated in the coming year, and and its existing safeguards will be expanded.