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Audit report consistent with previous years

Contracts offered to superintendent and business manager

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De Smet Board of Education held a regular meeting Jan. 10. While the meeting lasted less than 30 minutes, that was no indication to the matters the board acted on.

The Board conducted their annual superintendent evaluation. The evaluation was conducted in executive session and was brief. When the board returned to regular session, they offered a new contract to superintendent, Abi Van Regenmorter. Current salary under the new contract was still pending negotiations.

The De Smet School District has received their Auditor’s Report for their fiscal year from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. The audit was conducted by the CPA Firm, Schoenfish & Co., Inc. out of Parkston. The auditor’s findings were very consistent with the previous audit. There was one area that was noted as a material weakness in internal controls, due to lack of proper segregation of duties. It was also noted that this has been a consistent finding in the audit since 1992.

The finding has to do with oversight of some financial matters, but when you have a small school district and one person managing all the finances, there is no way to avoid this, unless the district hired additional personnel.

The finding is commonly seen throughout the whole United States with small school districts. If routine audits are performed, this finding should not be a concern, especially since it has been a finding for the last 29 years.

If you would like to read the 51-page Auditor’s Report, it is posted on the school’s website, or follow this link: bit.ly/720-621AR

The school board also offered a contract to Susan Purintun, pending salary negotiations and approval.

Van Regenmorter gave the board the principal’s report for elementary and high school. She reported the high school and junior high had started their second semester Jan. 4. She also reported the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program has been going well on both campuses.

The one-act play shared their performance with The Village and the elementary school and is ready for competition.

Mrs. Hojer’s fifth grade class graduated from their Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) taught by Kingsbury County Sheriff Deputy Michael Jenkins.

The building and facilities report stated that the school had met with the city representatives over the new elementary addition. They shared an outline of the plans for the new addition. Currently the school is waiting for a survey to be done.

The board also wished to express their appreciation for the city crews that aided the school in the snow removal from the past storms.

Board president Shane Roth gave the legislative report. The State Legislature started Jan. 11. Roth has served on the Associated School Boards of South Dakota representing the northeast region for the last four years. He asked the school board if he could run for the position again. Permission was not needed, but the board members gave him their blessings.

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