Following the Pledge of Allegiance given by Joel Hagood, the director of curriculum and instruction, board members heard from the examiner of public accounts Brian Davis. Davis said the board met and complied with the School Fiscal Accountability Act, which covered the school year from Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012.
“We issued an unqualified opinion on the board’s financial statements. We also noted no matters to indicate the board had not complied in all material respects with the applicable laws and regulations,” Davis said. “In addition, we issued an unqualified opinion on the board’s federal financial assistance programs, which were Title 1 grants, the local educational agencies, special education cluster and approving teacher quality grants.”
The board also approved the June 2013 financial statement. According to the Walker County schools’ website, local funds for the month of June totaled $765,856.25, while state and federal funds totaled $212,416.74 and $69,674.76, respectively. John Skalnik, director of operations and accountability, said both federal and state funds were covered by the same audit.
“When they audit, they have to audit your state funds under certain regulations and audit your federal funds. What happens is you audit the whole board, but you pay special attention to child nutrition or you pay special attention to Title 1 because it’s federal money,” Skalnik said. “But it’s all done in the same audit.”
In other news, the board:
•approved the 2013-2014 salary schedule of Walker County School employees.
•approved a 2 percent increase to include Superintendent Jason Adkins and 12-month employees’ salary to be effective July 1.
According to board members, the increase was statewide.
•approved a slew of new personnel across the school system.
•approved the membership renewal with Alabama Association of School Boards.
•agreed to the renewal with Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center/START School.
•recognized and congratulated Steve Rowe, who is now in charge of the Walker County Head Start program.
The next regular board meeting will be held Aug. 8 at 4:30 p.m.
The first public budget hearing will be Sept. 10 at 8 a.m.