By Robert Morales —
Rocky Rives, a partner in Smith & Rives, PC, the districtâ€™s audit firm, gave CCAISD a clean bill of health. Trustees on Monday night voted to approve the audit ended Aug. 31, 2013.
Smith & Rives gave CCAISD an “unmodified opinion,â€ a designation in accounting that signifies good accounting practices. According to Mr. Rives, CCAISD increased its net financial position by $249,891. The districtâ€™s expenditures were $377,931 less than the $6.14 million generated in taxes and other forms of revenue. Last year, expenditures exceeded expenses by $171,788.
Although the current audit was unremarkable, Mr. Rives pointed out as “material noncomplianceâ€ that the Free/Reduced Meal program had some issues that should be addressed. “Out of four applications tested for reduced meal eligibility, one did not qualify for reduced,â€ according to a letter in the audit report.
“Out of 25 applications tested for free meal eligibility, two qualified for only reduced meals and 16 did not have an application on file.â€ The audit made a recommendation that all applications be kept on file.
As for uncollected taxes, Mr. Rives said that “based upon historical collections, the district will probably not collect these taxes.â€ The district has a little over $1 million in uncollected taxes.
In other action,
* Trustees approved the sale of a lot (Lot 11, Block 22, Rivas Addition) in the amount of $5,280.
* Discussed and voted to approve the Superintendent Evaluation Tool which encompasses three different categories: Exception, Proficient or Needs Improvement. Trustees in January will evaluate Superintendent Marc Puig.
* Superintendent Marc Puig reported that because of Texas House Bill 5, new teaching positions would be reviewed for Industrial Trade and Technical and Career and Tech Mathematics. He said that a position for Gifted and Talented students would be studied more carefully to assess the exact requirements for the job.
* Presented Soaring Eagle Awards to Adrian Norman, Erica Urias, Lindsey Tyrrell and the Cross Country team.