Annually the Minnesota Department of Education recognizes school districts that exemplify organization that demonstrate fiscal health, sound management and accountability. Staff at the Minnesota Department of Education review local publications, audit reports and thousands of pieces of financial data on educational institutions to determine the award winners. In fiscal year 2007 only 13.48% of the total 549 reporting units received this recognition. This is the third time since 2005 Winona Area Public Schools has received this prestigious award. This award comes after the district recently receive high praise in the 2007 review done on the district financial conditions, accounting procedures and fiscal management by the audit firm of Larson Allen LLP
WAPS Business Office Staff:
Sarah Slaby - Controller
Bev Hansen - Administrative Assistant
Karen Albrecht - Accounts Payable
Jolie Severson - Payroll Assistant
Teri Hatleli - Payroll Assistant
Kim Haedtke - Bookkeeper
WAPS Board of Education:
Brian Neil - Chairperson
Stacey Mounce-Arnold - Vice Chairperson
Kelly Herold - Clerk/Treasurer
John Goplen - Director
Ted Hazelton - Director
Vicki Englich - Director
Fred Petersen - Director
Jeff Seeley - Fiscal Affairs Director
Paul Durand - Superintendent of Schools
A. Compliance with state statutes on selected finance issues
A.1. Preliminary UFARS data to MDE by September 15, 2007.
(September 17 for FY07 data)
A.2. The Revenue and Expenditure Budget form is published
(paper or web) by November 30, 2007.
A.3. Final UFARS data is loaded to MDE by November 30, 2007.
(Comparison Table by 11-30)
a. Data is final, with no subsequent uploads. (Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.76)
b. Data from the audit agree with final UFARS data
A.4. The FY07 audit is submitted (postmarked) to MDE by
December 31, 2007.
A.5 State approved software is used locally. (Minnesota Statutes, section 125B.05)
A.6. Local board members are trained. (Minnesota Statutes,section 123B.09 Subd.2)
B. Demonstration of fiscal health in the local setting
All 422 unreserved accounts (Funds 1,2,4 and 7) are zero or positive, 424 (operating capital) is zero or positive, and Fund 9 has no balance,in 422.
B.1. The district/school has a zero or positive fund balance in
each listed fund (1,2,4 and 7).
B.2. Fund 9 has no unreserved fund balance as displayed on the
B.3. The district/school has a zero or positive reserve in operating capital (424).
B.4. The district/school has written policies on positive fund
balances and deficit spending.
B.5. District/school personnel participate in finance and