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Mt. Pleasant school district receives 'best' audit

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 7:53 a.m.

Jared Ewing with Sarp & Co. informed Mt. Pleasant Area School Board members Tuesday night that the district was again given an unqualified audit opinion, which means the district followed the appropriate accounting standards.

District Business Manager Tim Caudill said the audit opinion was the best a district can get and what they aspire toward.

“To the best of our abilities, the finance department here and the auditors have examined all of the financial documentation and there are no material mistakes — the numbers are correct,” he said.

Superintendent Terry Struble said they were hoping to see about a $1 million fund balance at the end of the 2011-12 school year, but actually ended with approximately $1.9 million.

Directors will be asked to approve the audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, at their regular meeting next week.

Under athletics and activities, directors will be asked to approve the following supplemental contracts for the 2013-14 school year:

• Robert Ruffner as head football coach; Jason Fazekas, first assistant football coach; Bob Gumbita, Jason Marucco, Dave Keefer, Shawn Thompson, Greg Guzy, assistant varsity football coaches; Bill Barber, head junior high football coach; Doug Adamrovich, assistant junior high football coach.

• Lee Smith as head boys golf coach; Matt Gross, head girls golf coach; Josh Pajak, head girls soccer coach; Chuck Fox, assistant girls soccer coach; Angela Palumbo, head junior high girls soccer coach; Jamie Johns, assistant junior high girls soccer coach; Aryn Askin, assistant girls soccer coach.

• Amanda Laskey as senior high cheerleading sponsor; Allison MacDonald, assistant senior high cheerleading sponsor; Scott Giacobbi and Jeffrey Smith, junior high girls basketball coaches; Floyd Snyder, head boys soccer coach; Tony Splendore, head girls tennis coach.

Matthew Remaley will be on the agenda to be approved as a volunteer coach for the boys soccer program.

Under personnel, directors will be asked to approve at least three professional employee retirement resignation requests in accordance with the Early Retirement Incentive Policy. Struble said they would have the names by next week's meeting.

Under curriculum, directors will be asked to authorize district administration to submit the 2013-14 federal programs application for Title I and Title II-A, to approve textbook adoption in science for grades seven to nine for the 2013-14 school year and to adopt the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit's policies and procedures.

Also, they will be asked to approve the memorandum of understanding between the district and the Mt. Pleasant Area Education Association in regards to the use of eAcademy effective for the 2013-14 school year.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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