Clare schools audit “clean”, new business manager hired

November 23, 2016

By Pat Maurer

Bill Hirschman of Roslund, Prestage and Company was at Monday’s Clare Board of Education meeting to present what he called a “clean” audit.

Hirschman reported that the School District’s increased by $337,479 or 3.5 percent for the year ending June 30, 2016. He said the General Fund reported a positive fund balance in excess of $1,568,000.

The district showed a total net position of $9,300,000 and $595,000 was added to the fund balance. Total expenses for the year were $14,565,000, while revenue totaled $14,905,000.

He said there was only one deficiency in internal control. There is too much money in the Food Service Fund. That will be taken care of with the addition of items in the program, Business Manager Lynn Graham said.

With the increases in other Fund Balances: Special Revenue, Debt Service and Capital Projects, the School District completed the year with a combined fund balance increase of $2,077,802.


New Clare Business Manager Amber Kruskamp

New Clare Business Manager Amber Kruskamp

Action at the meeting included the approval of a new Business Manager for the District Amber Kruskamp. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University with a Major in Accounting and a Minor in Finance. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 2012 and came to the district from a position with Boge, Wybenga & Bradley of Mt. Pleasant.

She will take over the position January 1.

Former Business Manager Graham was also approved for a part-time position with the district to assist with the transition.

During his report to the board, Superintendent Jim Walter outlined the results from his Organizational Health Survey of the district’s employees. He said 71 percent of the staff responded and the results were all in “agree or strongly agree” with the statements. “It was a better result than I have ever gotten,” he said.

During a “first reading,” He also reported on the board policy updates and additions, outlining the policies that will need to be changed.
Other business at Monday’s meeting included:

*A presentation by Donna Venglar on the Summer Program and its successes. This year 56 students participated in the five-week program.
*Reports by administrators.
*Approval on an increase in Substitute pay rates “to stay ahead of the minimum wage increase to take effect January 1. The minimum wage will increase to $8.90 per hour.
*Approval of Deanna Hicks as the Clare Public Schools representative for the Clare-Gladwin RESD’s Parent Advisory Council for special education services.
*Approval of bills totaling $251,032.59 for October.
*A Closed session to consider the reinstatement of a student expelled last December.

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