Section 16-13A-7


Published: 2015

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Section 16-13A-7

Section 16-13A-7Audits.

(a)(1) The yearly business and financial transactions of a local board of education shall be audited as early as possible after the end of the fiscal year.



(2) The audits of the books and accounts of local boards of education shall be conducted by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts. The Department of Examiners of Public Accounts shall audit, review, and otherwise investigate the receipts and disbursements of funds of each local board in the same manner as audits are performed on other agencies and departments of the State of Alabama.



(3) Any local board of education governing a city school system, other than those city systems required by law to be audited by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts on June 1, 2006, may employ a certified public accounting firm or firms or use the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts to perform its yearly financial audit of its books and accounts including a legal compliance audit and program compliance audit. The foregoing to the contrary notwithstanding, a city system which has had any financial form of intervention by the State Superintendent of Education shall be audited by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, or if any such intervention should become necessary at any future date, such city system shall be audited for three future years by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts. The Department of Examiners of Public Accounts or the certified public accounting firm or firms shall perform a yearly legal compliance audit in accordance with Chapter 5 of Title 41, and if the compliance audit results in adverse findings by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts or the certified public accounting firm or firms, the adverse findings shall be reported to the State Superintendent of Education. If the adverse findings involve misappropriation or theft, such findings shall also be reported to the appropriate district attorney and the Attorney General.



(b) Legal compliance audits and program compliance audits performed by a private certified public accounting firm shall adhere to the standards of the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts for each respective type of audit. The Department of Examiners of Public Accounts shall provide these standards to the private certified public accounting firms. Any adverse findings shall be noted in the audit report and reported to the State Superintendent of Education. Such adverse findings shall, upon request, be provided to any member of the public.



(c) A local board of education may request an audit of system funds under control of the same local board by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts whenever there is a permanent change in the position of local superintendent of education or chief school financial officer.



(d) A local board of education by majority vote may unilaterally request an audit of any school or school system account under control of the same local board by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, if the board deems such action is in the best interest of the school system.



(e) The findings of audits conducted pursuant to this section shall be presented to the local board of education in a board meeting. The State Superintendent of Education shall be sent a copy of the audit to review and shall be notified of the time, place, and location of the meeting at which the findings will be presented to the local board of education. Audits are public records.

(Act 2006-196, p. 275, §2.)