- Pedestrian killed during traffic collision on I-55 (10/23/16)6
- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter faces challenge from criminal investigator Wes Drury (10/21/16)8
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- Man arrested after dispute at school spurs brief lockdown (10/21/16)6
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- Perry County: A great place to find home away from home (10/14/16)
- Tours provide a glimpse of Cape Girardeau's supposedly haunted past (10/17/16)1
- Crews are working on the new Drury Hotel (10/21/16)3
- Benton man accused of statutory rape, selling pot (10/20/16)1
The Cape Girardeau School Board is to be commended for the emphasis it is putting on financial accounting, particularly in light of some major problems over the years in the way the district has handled its finances, having a cumulative effect of undermining the public's confidence.
The board has decided that switching auditing firms every few years would be another way to check on whether the district's money is being handled properly.
Most of the accounting problems in the district, however, have not been related to faulty auditing. Rather, most of the problems have been created, in one way or another, by members of the district's financial staff. In recent months, major steps have been taken to replace personnel connected to some of the financial missteps, including the former superintendent.
It was the district's current auditing firm -- Beussink, Hey, Roe, Seabaugh & Stroder LLC -- that listed some of the district's most recent financial problems in its audit report.
The Beussink firm has been the district's auditor for many years. The board's new policy calls for switching auditors every three to five years.
As in everything else, there are many layers of competency among firms that provide professional services like financial audits. It appears the Beussink firm has served the district well in alerting the board to serious problems and concerns.