Kansas school district gets a clean audit

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 11/22/21

KANSAS — Kansas Community Unit School District #3 is keeping its financial head above water.

Auditor Kent Kuhl of Mose, Yockey, Brown & Kull, gave a positive financial report to the …

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Kansas school district gets a clean audit

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KANSAS — Kansas Community Unit School District #3 is keeping its financial head above water.

Auditor Kent Kuhl of Mose, Yockey, Brown & Kull, gave a positive financial report to the board of Education Wednesday, Nov. 17. He described the audit for the financial records that closed June 30 as a clean audit, without any internal control findings to report. The audit did find some incorrect postings that were corrected and some other minor bookkeeping issues that were addressed.

He noted the major accounts of education, transportation and maintenance closed with surpluses, but there was not much growth in cash reserves for the year with $2.2 million in cash on hand.

“You are essentially flat from last year,” said Kuhl. “I will close with some very good news. The state board issues a financial profile score for each district, and you got the highest score you can get. You were there last year, too.”

Superintendent/principal Cindy Spencer informed board members the school is experiencing an uptick of COVID-19 related absences.

“Within the last week, we are seeing more isolated and quarantined students,” said Spencer.

Some of the absences are lengthy because of new quarantine protocols. Spencer said a student in a home that has a positive COVID-19 case must remain at home for 10 days while the disease runs its course in the patient and then quarantine for two weeks which is the incubation period after exposure. That results in up to 24 days out of school.

Whether you like it or not, it makes sense,” she said regarding the new rules.

Younger students at Kansas doing quarantine receive paper packets of schoolwork to do at home. Older students can sign onto Google classroom to keep up with studies.

Spencer said for the most part the system of coping with quarantine and isolation is working.

The Kansas school is not completely shut down to outsiders as it was last year. Spencer said 150 students from other schools visited recently for an elementary choir competition, and community members visited for the Veterans Day program. In addition, parents and grandparents attended the Nov. 3 quarterly awards.

“Everybody was excited for that,” said Spencer.

Only one action item was on the agenda. Neighboring district and Tri-County sports cooperative partner Shiloh had invited Kansas to participate in the NFHS sports network. This streaming services places cameras in the school gym so people can watch games, and other activities, from home on their computers. There is a $2,000 fee to join the program.

Board member Mark Eskew noted the system is expensive to get started but something he believes is worthwhile.

“I can’t tell you how many people commented on how they used it last year,” Eskew said.

Both Shiloh and Kansas used the Hudl system in recent years, but large price increases from Hudl prompted Shiloh to explore other options.

Board president Matt Ehlers agreed with Eskew. He said the streaming service is popular with grandparents who may not want to venture out during inclement weather, but it also serves relatives who live too far away to attend school events. It is also good for remote alumni.

“It’s not foolproof, but it is hard to do without,” said Eskew.

The board agreed to join Shiloh in the NFHS streaming service. The third partner in the Tri-County cooperative rejected the idea.