A recently released audit of the Otsego-Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services by the Office of the State Comptroller found several weaknesses in the financial operation but there were no major problems noted.

The audit covered the period from July 1, 2007 to March 31, 2009.

"It was a good report," BOCES district Superintendent Nicholas Savin said. Working with the auditors "will help our organization be as efficient as possible," he said.

Areas of weaknesses identified included criminal-history background checks, electronic bank withdrawals, career and technical education and adult education cash receipts.

"These weaknesses were primarily caused by a lack of comprehensive policies and procedures and a lack of oversight of the work performed by BOCES employees," the audit said. No significant discrepancies were noted.

A letter by BOCES business official Lynn Chase explained the steps the district has taken to address the findings.

"As always, we appreciated the opportunity to strengthen our internal controls as well as build a working relationship with the Office of the State Comptroller that will prove to be beneficial when questions arise in the future when implementing our corrective action plans," she wrote.

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