Just after the Orange Board of Education’s 2017 fiscal year ended, auditors began their first phase of auditing the district’s finances. Their goal, according to Business Administrator Mary-Jo Sierakowski, is to verify and check on the systems that her office has in place to ensure that the district is following best accounting practices and that there are systems in place so that the district is managed financially sound. “They finished the first phase and had high praise for the staff in Central Office that we do have, in fact, very solid systems in place to manage the finances of the district,” she said.
The next phase of the audit will begin in October. “They’ll come in and do some number crunching at that point. Their obligation is to get their final audit that they do annually submitted to the state by December 31. I don’t anticipate any issues, but they’ll be back in October for that,” she said.
In the meantime, Sierakowski says she is keeping a close eye on the happenings in Hartford as she feels the state budget may impact the coming year. “It’s very frustrating. We did meet with the town and it won’t be the last of many meetings, I’m sure. We are fortunate that Orange has a great working relationship with the finance department and with Mr. Zeoli. We agree that we’re in it together and if the state reduces funds to the town, it certainly may resonate in educational goals.”
“The good news is that the Town and Orange is very diligent in this year’s budget,” she said.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent