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High School Audit Proves District's 'Highest Standards'

Completed audit includes no recommendations.

The annual audit of Watchung Hills Regional's accounts and procedures came up empty-handed, finding no areas to recommend changes in procedures.

According to auditor Ralph Piccone, of Lerch, Vinci and Higgins, of Fair Lawn, this marked the second consecutive year in which the auditors did not have any recommendations for the board.

"We audit close to 80 districts each year and very few do not have recommendations," Piccone said.

Watchung Hills Regional Board President Robert Horowitz praised Business Administrator Tim Stys and his staff, and added, "These kinds of results don't just happen."  

"The four towns that send money each year should feel good that this high school operates in the highest standards," Horowitz said.

Board member Gerry Binder, of Green Brook, noted the detailed audit report reviewed by the board's Finance Committee also showed the district's administrative costs are at the lowest point in six years, allowing more funds to be spent on classroom and educational expenses.

"Our cafeteria even turned a profit this year—and that's after putting a bunch of money into maintenance," Binder said. 

AXXEL KNUTSON December 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Now the towns that surround Warren should merge, eliminate duplication and do some REAL thinking. Towns the size of Warren, Watchung, Long Hill, Greenbrook, Bernards Twp are too small to be efficient. There is duplication all over-health departments, fire/rescue, police, schools, public works, you name it. WRHS proves that consolidation works for everyone.
Paul Rust December 07, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Sir, a "clean" financial audit is not proof that a regional high school that manages it's finances well proves that consolidation is a good thing - it simply is a clean financial audit. In general, I agree with your idea but when the numbers were reviewed for a police dept consolidation, the savings were minuscule. To save real money we need to remove layers of management and infrastructure, but the numbers need to work.

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