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MVSD 244 gets clean audit Lunch program $19K deficit

— “As I have said before, you have one of the best business managers in North Idaho, which is reflective of your records,” said Presnell Gage PLLC accountant Phil Nuxoll of Lewiston.

Nuxoll presented the annual audit to the Mountain View School District 244 board in October and reiterated, as he has done for many years, what an asset district business manager Becky Hogg is for the system.

“Her diligence is reflective in your books,” he said, “and in all, this is a very positive report.”

Nuxoll went over several accounting areas including the explanation of the retirement PERSI fund and how retired teachers can stay on the district health insurance if they pay their premiums. He also expressed the district has “very good internal controls,” which protects everyone.

The audit report states the 2015 property taxes receivable account is $5,868,135, while in 2014 it was $6,214,469, and in 2013 it was $5,732,909. Total federal awards for the fiscal year were $2,415,994. These funds are specifically earmarked for a variety of areas including Title I funds, Department of Agriculture food grants and vocational monies.

The district’s net position at the end of the year was listed as $399,797. This was $413,767 in 2014, a $13,970 – or 3.4 percent – difference.

“Overall, your records are very good,” Nuxoll said.

The complete 63-page audit is available at the district office.

The board also discussed the district’s food service, which is run by Chartwells. During the past fiscal year there was a $19,000 deficit the district has to make up for.

“It’s better than it’s been in a while but not as good as it has been at other times,” shrugged superintendent Kent Stokes. “It’s really been up and down.”

About 18 years ago the school lunch deficit was around $90,000. This was when the district ran the program, prior to contracting it out to a private school lunch business. In 2001, and under Chartwells by this time, there was a $17,000 deficit. In 2002, the lunch program came out $5,000 ahead and in 2003 it was just $12 in the hole.

Chartwells representative Maureen Burney explained a USDA food program that reimburses at a higher rate but has to offer breakfast and snacks.

“On paper it reimburses at $3.07 per meal, but there are other stipulations,” she said. Board members were not comfortably signing away on this with a “personal guarantee” that had strong language about future USDA opportunities if anything went wrong.

“I am not sure when it becomes the district’s responsibility to feed breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks,” said board chair Lot Smith.

“I would rather see us teach kids to cook than give them every meal,” agreed trustee Sally Nolan.

Burney said the district’s program can be “as much or as little as you want it to be.”

In 2008, lunch prices were raised from $2 to $2.25 at the elementary level, and $2.25 at the high school level. Prices are now $2.60 and $2.85, respectively.

The issue will continue to be discussed throughout the year.

In other news, the board said the Kids Klub lot adjacent to the school is for sale as the organization purchased another, larger lot on the same street.

“We are interested, but frankly, I think the $50,000 initial asking price is too high and we will have to keep looking into it,” Stokes commented.


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