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KCMO Board of Education to Meet Wednesday Evening

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The Kansas City, Missouri School District’s Board of Education is scheduled to meet Wednesday, Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m.

According to the agenda, the board is expected to approve the district’s audit reports for the 2011 fiscal year. Also, board members are expected to approve a new administrative policy regarding student transfers to accredited school districts.

The audit is in several parts. McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, audited the district’s finances. Welch & Associates, LLC, provided two audits. One was of the district’s compliance with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133 and Government Auditing Standards, and the other was of certain requirements applicable to the Adult Education and Literacy Program and specific requirements of Missouri law.

According to McGladrey & Pullen’s report to the board, “[W]e identified a certain deficiency in internal control over financial reporting … A significant deficiency is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control that is less severe than a material weakness, yet important enough to merit attention by those charged with governance.”

According to Welch & Associates’ report, “the District did not comply with requirements of eligibility and allowable cost/cost principles that are applicable to its Title I, Part A Cluster Program. Compliance with such requirements is necessary, in our opinion, for the District to comply with the requirements applicable to that program.”

Also during the board meeting, Interim Superintendent of Schools Stephen R. Green and his chief executive officer, Chace Ramey, are expected to recommend that the board approve a new policy governing the transfer of Kansas City, Missouri students to accredited schools after the district loses accreditation January 1. Among other specifications, only students who have been enrolled for at least two semesters would be eligible for transfers. In addition, the policy states the district intends to pay transportation costs only for students transferring to four districts: Center, Independence, North Kansas City and Raytown. One point of contention may be this policy’s provision for paying tuition monthly. Policies in neighboring accredited districts state students will not be admitted from unaccredited schools until tuition is paid in full.

The school board meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the district’s Board of Education Building; 1211 McGee St.; Kansas City, MO 64106.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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