APS Communications informs us, link, that the District has "won" a prestigious award by the Association of School Business Officials International. The award recognizes their "... skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget."
APS Communications reports the "win" followed "a rigorous review based on stringent criteria". I could be wrong, but it looks like, link, all APS had to do to "win" the award was meet commonly agreed upon standards and pony up $1,150. I will bow to controverting facts.
I mean, how rigorous can a $1,150 dollar audit be?
In exchange for our $1,150, APS got;
- A handsome plaque and certificate
- Comprehensive feedback about their budget from peers trained in up-to-date school entity budget techniques
- Letters of accomplishment sent to their superintendent and school board
- Recognition of achievement in ASBO's professional magazine School Business Affairs and weekly online newsletter Accents Online, as well as in their state or provincial ASBO affiliate newsletter
- Recognition through national and local media
- Continuing education points for ASBO's Professional Registration Program
- inadequate standards
- inadequate accountability, and
- inadequate record keeping
If asked, APS Supt Winston Brooks will say that he has made necessary changes, and if those same auditors (Meyners & Co), came back, they would find the situation in the Finance Department much improved.
He didn't ask them. Instead, he commissioned an $1,150 review.
Couple with that, his steadfast failure to produce a candid, forthright and honest accounting of spending at 6400 Uptown Blvd, and his renege on his promise to "find out by noon" if we really paid $800 a piece for board member thrones, and you have to wonder what's really going on.
|He promised, "I will find out by noon!" If he did, he isn't saying.|
photo Mark Bralley