BOE approves audits for fiscal year, medicaid info

WELLSVILLE–In Monday’s meeting the Wellsville Board of Education authorized Julian & Grube Inc. to perform audits on both districts fiscal year and Medicaid information.

Julian & Grube Inc. is an independent public accountant. For the next five fiscal years they will be performing yearly audits for the Wellsville Board of Education. From 2019 through 2023 at a cost of $16,000 per year Julian & Grube will be checking to make sure the district is in appliance with federal and state laws and are using money appropriately. Treasurer Bob Barrett explained the state had combined Wellsville with three other smaller school districts for audit, but have not had the resources to perform the audits as intended, resulting in Wellsville selecting an accounting firm to perform the audits. Board member Gary Althiser mentioned that in the process of selecting an accountant the district was able to save money on the audits.

“They combined them all into one audit and sent them out to bid. They are a little behind with their manpower, so they decide to send us out,” said Barrett. “They gave a list of eight IPA accountants that want to do the audit. I’ve worked with three of them, and Julian & Grube is probably the top of the three.”

Julian & Grube will also be performing the districts Medicaid audits for the fiscal years of 2020 and 2021, costing $1,800 each year. In the Medicaid audit they will be checking if the district is meeting Medicaid certifications, that student needs are being met and that records are lining up.

The school district has used Julian & Grube before for Medicare audits.

In other actions the board,

-Congratulated Gary Althiser for receiving the Rising Star award and for being nominated for the Man of the Year award at the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner.

-Congratulated Justin Wright for his two gold medals at the state track meet.

-Approved the 2020 fiscal year appropriations list.

-Announced that dirt is being moved at Nicholson Stadium and that the renovation is under way.

-Approved the contract with Jefferson County ESC for occupational therapy and physical therapy for the 2019/2020 fiscal year.

-Appointed Lindsay Clifton as the new Daw Elementary music teacher. Clifton was approved for a one year full time teaching contract. She has a master’s degree and three years of experience.

-Approved four supplemental contracts at step one on the supplemental salary schedule, the contracts include Leah Prescott for both High School and 8th grade yearbook, Emilee Wilson for High School Student Council and Beth Swogger for LPDC.

-Approved Love Insurance Agency to offer voluntary student accident insurance for the 2019-2020 school year.

-Passed a plan for “blizzard bags” the school district’s alternative make-up of calamity days for the 2019-2020 school year.

-Approved a preceptor agreement between Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Nursing Department and Wellsville Local Schools to collaborate planning and provide clinical education and practice for students in the baccalaureate if science degree program. “Basically it’s like a student teaching program that we always enter into every year with Franciscan University. Some years we get somebody to work with our nurse and some years we don’t, but it’s a good program,” said Wellsville Superintendent Richard Bereschik.

-Approved the Wellsville High School Marching Band field trips to Kennywood on Aug. 7 and to Jefferson High School in Jefferson Hills Pennsylvania on Oct 5

-Approved three coaching potions, naming Robert Ramsey as the football summer physical fitness step three coach, Jeff Hanselman as a volunteer track coach and John Stakes as a volunteer boy’s basketball coach.

-Approved the three year contract for Alaina Kilpatrick as an education consultant. Kilpatrick’s contract will begin Aug.14 and will be working as a curriculum consultant and gifted student coordinator/coach.