Mon, Feb 20, 2017 - 11:53 AMbobbie
how are his log cabins doing? and that professional baseball team he lohr and al wanted?
Sun, Feb 19, 2017 - 11:44 AMgigi is back
and promoting the truth in fayete truth to slander folks here on his masters behalf..watch the posts vanish.....and will a director for parks and rec be created soon as payback
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 - 6:14 PMbutela running?
Her sole job is collecting taxes. Sad
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 - 12:58 PMyou are a
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 - 4:52 PMWow
Who cares about Joe when you look at that Martell Cartel bird. This was just forwarded to me. Interesting read if I may say so.... Audit: Wilkinsburg schools had $1.8M deficit. PHILL MARTELL Business Manager. Wed, Mar 23, 2016 - 07:58 AM PPG NEWS today. Audit: Wilkinsburg schools had $1.8M deficit March 23, 2016 12:00 AM By Mary Niederberger / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The long overdue 2014-15 audit of the Wilkinsburg School District paints a picture of a district with lax financial controls, including improper bank reconciliations, no checks and balances in payroll processing, and a lack of documentation for federal reports. The audit, presented at a school board meeting Tuesday, showed the district ended the 2014-15 school year with a deficit of $1.8 million, despite the fact that the board believed it had approved a balanced budget for that year. That total includes $880,766 from the 2014-15 school year and nearly $1 million from the 2013-14 school year. Auditor Betsy Krisher of the firm Maher Duessel said that although the board approved a balanced 2014-15 budget, the budget presented to the state showed a shortfall of $208,000 that was to be covered by the fund balance. But in reality there was no fund balance; instead the district had a $966,000 deficit. ADVERTISEMENT Questioned by board members, Ms. Krisher indicated it was former director of business affairs Philip Martell’s responsibility to submit the budget to the state. “So the same person who presented the balanced budget to the board submitted a different budget to the state?” said school director Josh Miller, who took office in December. Mr. Martell’s attorney, Charles LoPresti, said Mr. Martell didn’t present different budgets. “The budget issue is completely inaccurately stated. The Pennsylvania Department of Education would have seen it.” Other audit details include the fact that Mr. Martell was overpaid $8,000 by the district when he left in May 2015. The overpayment came through the routine payroll process overseen by the district’s human resources consultant, Ms. Krisher said. Mr. Martell now is superintendent of the Connellsville Area School District. Mr. LoPresti said the $8,000 was for a health care buyout. The auditors also noted that district credit card use increased from $69,600 in 2013-14 to $101,600 in 2014-15. Ms. Krisher said the district had no formal credit card policy in place and recommended one. The audit took several months longer than usual to complete because district officials said they discovered bank statements had not been reconciled when the auditors arrived in June. The three major findings in the audit were the failure to properly reconcile bank statements, the fact that just one person was responsible for processing payroll, and that the district did not provide proper documentation for the quarterly reports on how it spent its federal Title I funds. On the bank reconciliations, the audit said a monthly entry was made to force the bank reconciliation to agree with the district’s accounting software system “without investigating what caused the discrepancy.” At times the variance between the ledgers ranged from $2,000 to $3.7 million, Ms. Krisher said. In addition, cash balances were not properly reconciled for the fiscal year, which could have resulted in the potential for unrecorded receipts or disbursements. Auditors recommended that monthly bank statements be reconciled to the accounting software and any differences investigated and properly adjusted. As for payroll processing, the audit said the district should have someone independent of the payroll system reviewing the payroll each pay period before it is processed. Without that, the opportunity for pay rate changes, ghost employees and other irregularities is high, the report said. As part of this finding, auditors said district personnel files were disorganized and did not have certain documents requested by the auditors. As a result, they were unable to verify employee start dates and contract steps. The audit noted that in the prior year the information was available. Auditors said no district administrator was reviewing personnel files to make sure a consultant hired to organize them was performing its duties. Steve Toprani, attorney for Ramona Pope, the former human resources consultant, said Ms. Pope is considering potential claims against the district. Mr. Toprani said he could not comment on the findings without seeing the audit. On the federal reports, the audit said that the district provided no support information for the amounts of expenditures each quarter and that no final report was made for 2014-15. By the end of the school year, however, the district was able to identify the salaries, benefits and other expenditures charged to the federal Title I program and they were determined to be eligible. Among the $101,600 in credit card charges, the audit noted that $1,321 made by Mr. Martell had no accompanying receipts to explain the purchases. The majority of that was $1,239 in charges on Mr. Martell’s card to Golf Warehouse even though the district had no golf team. Mr. Martell, through his attorney, said the charges to Golf Warehouse were for non-golf sports equipment for the district. On its website, though, Golf Warehouse sells only golf equipment. The audit noted that the district had no inventory system for athletic equipment and recommended one be established. Mary Niederberger: email@example.com.
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 - 4:00 PMPNW
It may be that the newspaper article that I saw is not true. If it is true that students taunted another team based on race, regardless of their intent, it was totally unacceptable. What if your team visited another school where students were dressed like college professors making fun of ignorant or uneducated working class people? Would you think that was OK?
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 - 12:50 PMjoe is good
joe tells martell cartell
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 - 11:31 AMFacts
Faux News at the high school level. Welcome to the Alternative Universe where good is bad and bad is good. Apples don't fall far from the tree.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 - 08:14 AMWhat a bunch of
snowflakes. This is being blown out of portion by a bunch of overly sensitive kids and their libatard parents.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 - 7:50 PMClassy
Now that is an answer from what I am sure is a very classy woman. Your kids must go to one of those "school choice" schools. How low can one go to comment about a kids' dress. You are a disgrace. Move out of town, please.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 - 4:55 PMParent007
I bet they wear the same clothes to hick night as they wear to dress up night.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 - 1:56 PMPerfect example
Perfect example of school choice? LOL. You have a choice now. Where do you want to send your kid?
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 - 12:41 PMPrivate
What do you know goes on at private schools. The kids have a different theme every game. Last Friday it was dress up night. Were you at the game or are you going by what one Uniontown parent wrote? Do you have any kids in Connellsville or are you just another Trump-Devos public school basher. "Build a wall" in basketball means to protect the basket. You gossip from what you read or want to believe. The administration did have control of the situation.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 - 08:23 AMThis buds for you
With a thief in charge, what do you expect.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 - 07:41 AMParent007
Well what a performance at the basketball game to put us on the news. First off. I do not believe holding a trump sign is racist. I think this whole thing is blown way out of proportion but in today's society I can see how this is portrayed. The school promoted this with a theme of "hick night". Very sad. This is the perfect example for school choice. You would never see that at some of the private schools. Then to let this happen without ending it shows the school administration and school security had no control of the situation or they agreed with their actions. Instead of having hick night why don't they have a respect night and teach these kids respect. But respect starts from the top down and from what I see there is none.
Thu, Feb 09, 2017 - 08:25 AMAll I know
I'm not voting for whatever Joseph Helms said was the cartel picks.
Wed, Feb 08, 2017 - 12:46 PMmutha fukah sheeeet
awe shuuuuuuut uuuup
Tue, Feb 07, 2017 - 9:42 PMWhen
When will we know for sure who is running for the school board? I read a post that mentioned a few names, probably written by someone who wants other candidates to win. Who are these other candidates? Does anyone have any names. By the looks of the state's new budget, I see a tax increase coming every year.
Tue, Feb 07, 2017 - 8:18 PMWhy???
Why is he s crook???
Tue, Feb 07, 2017 - 8:17 PMWho???
Tell who the dictator is please.
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