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August 3, 2013

State audit of Crowder College to be public soon

NEOSHO, Mo. — NEOSHO, Mo. — A state audit of Crowder College will be made public this month or next month, but a college official said there will be no big surprises.

Jim Cummins, Crowder vice president of finance, said college officials have seen the results and have submitted the college’s response to Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich’s office. That is the final phase of the procedure before the results are published.

Cummins said the subjects of the audits are prohibited from revealing specific details about the findings until the auditor’s office publishes them.

“It’s pretty routine,” Cummins said. “They really didn’t find anything out of the ordinary.”

Cummins said he is satisfied, and he thinks residents will be satisfied with the results when they are released.

He said officials were comfortable with the time the staff of the state auditor’s office spent examining the college’s finances.

Schweich announced last May that the audit of Crowder College had begun. It wasn’t prompted by any resident complaints but was done as a matter of routine.

“It was just our turn,” Cummins said.

The Crowder College Board of Trustees referred the state audit last week when changing a 50-year-old policy that required bids be sought for any purchase above $500. The board changed the bid limit to $5,000 for competitive bids and to $10,000 for published bids, noting the change was recommended in the state audit.

Cummins said he couldn’t think of any other similar policy changes recommended in the audit, though there would be some other policy-change recommendations, including those designed to improve internal controls.

Internal controls includes things like segregation of duties to eliminate opportunities for fraud.

Andy Wood, president of the board of trustees, said the audit focused on management procedures.

“They made good recommendations to us,” he said.

Release time frame

SPENCE JACKSON, spokesman for state Auditor Tom Schweich, said the audit of Crowder College would be made public sometime in August or September.

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