Royal School District receives audit finding

March 17, 2020 8:48 PM

ROYAL CITY — The Royal School District has received a finding from the Washington State Auditor’s office. According to the report published by the auditor’s office on March 5, the district failed to have adequate controls in place to prevent a contractor from receiving over $25,000 without ensuring that the contractor had not been suspended or debarred during the 2018-2019 school year.

Royal School District Superintendent Roger Trail said that while the infraction is minor, the district wants to make sure it takes the appropriate actions to prevent this from happening again.

“When a vendor expense exceeds $25,000 we are required to check to see if the vendor has been debarred from federal participation,” Trail said. “With the exception of one case, we have been consistent with this process.”

In the instance where the infraction occurred, the expenses originally anticipated were less than the $25,000 mark. When the expenses came in $2,700 higher than the threshold, the district didn’t realize it needed to do the debarment check.

Trail said that the district has already put plans in place to avoid this in the future.