Pinellas to vote on performance audit policy
The Pinellas school board is scheduled to take an initial vote Tuesday on a new policy to periodically contract with a performance auditor.
Board members have been discussing the idea for more than a year, and there was talk of the board hiring its own permanent auditor. Under the proposal being recommended by Superintendent Julie Janssen, the board would instead contract with an auditor on a case-by-case basis.
According to the proposed policy (which you read in the board agenda packet, beginning of page 375), the audits would be "an independent appraisal function within the District to examine and evaluate its activities, including the efficiency and effectiveness of the District's system of internal controls and the quality of performance. The School Board's performance audit function will provide analyses, appraisals, recommendations, counsel and information concerning the activities reviewed."
It says the the auditor would report to the board "with input from the Superintendent and advice from the General Counsel" and "shall be free of organizational and political pressures that limit his or her objectivity in selecting areas to be examined and in performing thorough examinations in implementing the Audit Plan."