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Waubun audit shows lack of cash-handling segregation

The Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School District emerged from its recent audit with a highly qualified opinion -- the best one available -- from Bemidji-based accounting firm Miller McDonald.

As with most school districts, the main cause for concern Miller McDonald had was the lack of segregation with cash-handling duties, i.e., one person handling cash and entering into the system.

Superintendent Mitch Anderson hopes that matter will be rectified by next year through additional training.

"We need to make sure other people are able to do those things," Anderson said.

Financially, the district is in decent shape, at least for now, as the state's withholding of 27 percent of this year's funding kicks in.

Anderson said that the district has just over $2 million in reserves -- almost a three-month buffer -- on hand to weather the storm. He said he doesn't foresee the district needing to borrow short-term for cash flow needs.

"We're going to use every penny of that," Anderson said of the reserves. "We're fortunate to have that fund balance."

He doesn't see any help on state funding, especially in the next three years as the federal stimulus tap dries up.

Flu on the decline

Flu-like symptoms have been on the decline in the area, Anderson said, mimicking the trend nationwide.

"We've seen a decrease in flu-like symptoms," Anderson said.

The district has held H1N1 vaccination clinics sponsored by Norman-Mahnomen County Public Health for children ranging from 6-month-olds to 4-year-olds