Finally! After four years, the Whiteside School Board has accepted the resignation of the district’s financial administrator. Why it took the superintendent and the board four years to make a decision that should have been made within three months of her employment is beyond reason. The auditors have been informing the superintendent and the board of the breakdown in the district’s financial internal controls for four years. Well, better late than never.
I hope the board does a better job of hiring her replacement. The board needs to fill this position with a financial professional who at the minimum should have a college degree in accounting and not someone who could not prepare the bank reconciliation or who knew someone on the board.
I can only imagine what a mess the district’s financial records must be in. The superintendent has done absolutely nothing to fix the problem that has existed for the last four years. All she has done is hire more people to perform the duties of an office that requires a single competent employee.
My suggestion to the board: Have the new hire report directly to the board to ensure that financial controls and oversights are properly implemented to ensure that the district’s assets are fully protected and that internal controls are put in place to safeguard those assets, because it is obvious that the superintendent does not possess the administrative skills to effectively manage district finances.
Louis J. Netemeyer