The front page of The Sentinel Weekend Edition (Jan. 13) gave some excellent advice: "Homework is key when deciding whether to trust reports."
Having attended most of the Carlisle Area School District meetings for nearly eight years I believe I might pass the homework test. A form of the headline "District projects 2018-19 deficit" has appeared each and every year about this time. Each and every year the independent audit is delivered and none have reported a deficit. Does the budgeting process develop trust?
The narrative explanation of the the state assessment results could be clarified by an annual bar graph presentation similar to that presented in the Pa. Auditor General's report issued in October. That gave test sores for each building on the various tests. One could also get an understanding of results as 30 percent of the bars did not reach the state wide average. Does their presentation of academic results develop trust?
I don't quite know how to proceed with homework on the financial aspects of the auditor general's report. The district in a presentation indicated multiple times that there were "no findings or observations." Included in the appendix was a comment that audit personnel had reviewed 22 contracts entered into during the audit period. They found that six were "high risk."
I am not familiar with that term during my business career and I am certain there were no questions on the CPA when I passed the test. If there were no observations, how were the six selected. Can such a mystery be conducive to promoting trust?