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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014 6:30 am

The St. Clair R-XIII School District received a clean audit for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Board of education members were given a copy of the audit as well as its findings during their December meeting.

“It looks like everything is in order to me,” board President Dave Berkel said during the meeting.

The board unanimously approved the document.

“We have audited the basic financial statements of the governmental activities and each major fund of St. Clair R-XIII School District for the year ended June 30, 2013,” a letter to the board of education from Catlett & Associates LLC of St. Peters stated. “... The audit did not disclose any noncompliance which is material to the financial statements of the district.”

The audit showed the district had assets of $6.254 million as of June 30, 2013, which is also its total net position. The assets were divided into $4.405 million in the general fund, $998,887 in the debt service fund and $850,000 in the capital projects fund.

The audit also showed that fund balances increased in the general and debt services funds during the course of the 2012-13 fiscal year. The general fund started the year with $4.333 million while the debt service fund began with $878,213.

Other Business

In other December business, as part of its consent agenda, the board approved an evaluation of its food service and technology programs.

In technology, stated goals are that “students and teachers will use technology as an interactive tool for academic purposes, databases and the Internet to enhance the learning process” as well as that “staff will be provided high-quality professional development in technology.”

This semester, the district is beginning to roll out its new one-to-one digital initiative that targets placing a Google Chromebook into the hands of every junior and senior high school student.

The digital initiative will complement textbook learning within the district.

Email accounts have been created for all students, faculty and staff using the “stcmo.org” domain.

The district also has implemented one wireless access point per classroom, purchased three Promethium interactive boards at St. Clair Elementary and one SmartBoard for Edgar Murray.

A notification system with a customized app has been created for parents to use on their Smartphones.

In the security area, the district is exploring expanding its surveillance at the two elementary schools.

As far as food service, the evaluation stated that the goal is “to provide our students with nutritional meals, excellent food quality and a variety of food choices” as well as “to operate the program in a positive cash flow” and to remain in compliance with all policies and mandates.

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