New Suffolk officials wary of Comptroller’s draft audit report

12/11/2013 11:00 AM |
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO |  District Superintendent Michael Comanda discussing the state Comptroller's draft audit report Tuesday night.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | District Superintendent Michael Comanda discussing the state Comptroller’s draft audit report Tuesday night.

New Suffolk Common School officials discussed the status of the state Comptroller’s audit of the district — saying they are not happy with how the draft report was written — during the board’s regular meeting Tuesday night.

Superintendent Michael Comanda said the report is now in the draft stages and that district officials disagree with some of the language and characterizations used in the report.

“We agree with the technical findings, and we have already begun to implement some of the recommended changes. We did however disagree a little with how the report was written,” Mr. Comanda said.

While Mr. Comanda did not discuss the specifics, he said the district has drafted its response letter, and “ [he hopes] they will take our recommendations to heart when they draft the final report.”

Brian Butry, deputy press secretary for the state Comptroller, said only that the office could not comment on the audit until the final report is released.

The final report is expected to be issued by Albany around the first of the year, board president Tony Dill said.

• The longtime school district treasurer announced her resignation this week.

The board accepted the resignation of Diana Foster, who has served as the district’s treasurer for the past 12 years. The resignation is effective Dec. 30.

Ms. Foster said she has been offered a full-time librarian position at the Mattituck-Laurel Library, where she has also worked part-time for the past 10 years.

“It’s a good thing for me, but I appreciate being part of this school for the past 12 years,” Ms. Foster said to the board. “The learning environment you have created and work so hard to create is just so wonderful for the students.”

Ms. Foster said she will be on hand to help in the transition of the district’s next treasurer.

The school board also approved an anonymous donation of $800 to be used towards woodchips for the school’s playground.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Jan. 14.

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