Westlake Schools earn accolades for financial reporting

The Westlake City School District again earned the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for a perfect audit. To earn the distinction, the district had to meet the following criteria:

  • File timely Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports with the auditor’s office.
  • No finding for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, findings or questioned costs.

District CFO/treasurer Mark C. Pepera credits the achievement to a concerted effort by his staff to enforce sound fiscal policies and the establishment of a high level of internal controls over the district’s financial operations. He also credits the administration and staff for their cooperation and adherence to guidelines established by the Board of Education.

In a separate honor, Pepera was recognized by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel for early participation in the state's Ohio Checkbook program. The Westlake school district was among the initial 100 out of over 3,000 public entities to join the government transparency initiative. OhioCheckbook.com will provide the public greater access to expenditures made by state government entities.

“Westlake Schools is pleased to be on the forefront and further its commitment of transparency for our constituents by partnering with the Ohio Treasurer’s office and participating in the Ohio Checkbook project,” Pepera said. “This web-based solution is nationally unique and will allow our citizens to better understand the prudent stewardship of their taxpayer dollars.”

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:48 AM, 10.06.2015