State audit questions CCPS spending
ELKTON — Cecil County Public Schools overpaid its bus contractors by nearly $8 million and entered into a $14.1 million solar power contract without using a competitive bid process or determining whether it was getting the best rate, according to a state audit of the school system released late last month.
The audit, which was conducted by the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits, is typically conducted every six years to evaluate the financial management practices of the school system, and involves the auditors working on site for about eight months. This audit is in addition to an independent audit conducted annually by a certified public accountant firm.
The state’s audit report, dated July 26, contains 14 sets of recommendations for CCPS to improve its financial management practices, the majority of which the school system agreed with. Beyond the school system’s bus contracts and solar power purchase agreement, two findings CCPS disputes, the report also found that CCPS needs to improve internal controls and accountability in a number of areas and that “significant risks” exist within the system’s computer network.
Despite these issues, the audit found no problems in the areas of federal grants,
See AUDIT Page A7
Gov. Larry Hogan announces an upcoming request for proposals to deal with a buildup of sediment behind the Conowingo Dam during a press conference in Darlington on Tuesday, as Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources Mark Belton (center) and Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles look on.
A recent state audit found that CCPS may have overpaid its bus contractors by nearly $8 million over 12 years.