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Clean record for Mabton schools audit

MABTON - The Mabton School District passed a recent state audit with flying colors.

That's according to the auditor's report filed this week.

Auditors reviewed the district's financial statements and compliance in how it spends federal dollars.

Auditor Brian Sonntag's office said it found no deficiencies or weaknesses in financial statements or federal fund expenditures in the Mabton School District during the audit period of Sept. 1, 2010 through Aug. 31, 2011.

"We didn't have any findings, we were pleased with that result," says Gina Grow, the school district's business manager.

Federal programs under scrutiny by state auditors included school nutrition, Title 1 and stimulus funds.

Mabton schools also received praise for addressing a finding issued during the audit period of Sept. 1, 2009 through Aug. 31, 2010.

That finding involved equipment the district obtained through ESD 112, located in the Vancouver area. The purchase, funded through a federal grant, totaled $265,872 and included videoconferencing equipment for Mabton and two other school districts.

The issue, auditors said at the time, is that Mabton schools did not have an interlocal agreement with ESD 112 to purchase products through its contracts.

"Immediately when that was brought to our attention we got that corrected," said Grow. She said at the time it was believed Mabton schools already had an agreement in place with ESD 112. When it was found to be otherwise, Grow said the district learned from that issue. "We're making sure we have our agreements in place with the different vendors we're working with for state bids. That made the auditors happy."

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