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Salamanca schools receive high marks in audit

SALAMANCA – One of the things those who are looking for employment consider are what kind of fringe benefits they can expect from a prospective employer.

Salamanca school officials this week heard how well their internal controls on those benefits are working.

“The audit received high marks from our auditor,” district Superintendent Robert Breidenstein said. “All of the prior recommendations for action have been addressed, and the auditor praised our business office staff for diligence and attention to good accounting practices.”

The audit, conducted by Management Advisory Group, LLC, of Catskill, recommended one additional practice for the district to implement, a three- to five-year financial plan for capital projects and operational expenses for use in budget planning. That recommendation was directly discussed by the Board of Education’s Finance Committee and will be discussed further by the committee, Breidenstein said.

In other action, the board approved the application for implementation of a more rigid, cohesive, recycling program. The application with the state Department of Environmental Conservation would qualify for a matching funds allocation. The program is expected to cost $17,144, with $8,572 coming from the DEC.

The program is expected to aid in recycling collection of tin, aluminium, paper, plastic and glass throughout the district, by staff and students alike.

As part of the program, students will be creating public service announcements for print and video, showing how easy recycling is and the benefits it provides, especially in the Seneca culture, which respects the earth and nature.