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Yorktown School District Disputes State's Financial Report

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YORKTOWN, N.Y.-The New York State Comptroller’s Office, in a review of the Yorktown Central School District’s procurement policy, identified $728,341 in expenditures that were paid without sufficient documentation over a two-year period.

The school district, however, disputes much of the state’s findings and maintains that its overall fiscal health is in good standing.

In a report on the review, which took place between July 2015 and this March, the state alleges that Yorktown did not competitively bid certain purchases nor were certain credit purchases properly monitored, which sometimes resulted in the district overpaying for certain goods and services.

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“Although the services procured were for legitimate and appropriate district purposes,” the report stated, “district officials and the Board [of Education] do not have assurance that goods and services are being procured in the most economical way, in the best interests of residents and without favoritism.”

The state recommended the board update its procurement policy and seek reimbursement for overpaid expenses, such as $5,844 for fuel. Despite the board approving a Corrective Action Plan on Monday, Oct. 30, board President Jackie Carbone said, in a response letter to the state, the expenditures in question represent only a small portion of what the district spent during the two years reviewed.

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