Audit in for City School

The results are in and Barbourville Independent Schools passed their June 30, 2017 audit with flying colors.

Lead field work auditor Matt Shackleford announced at the December 21 board meeting, “We were able to give Barbourville Independent an unqualified opinion on their audit report and financial statements. This is a clean opinion, the best opinion you can have. There was nothing that forbade us from giving that opinion. Overall, the district was in fine shape with the presentation of the financials.”

Shackleford noted the school district displayed several indicators of good financial health, including an increase in the general fund balance. The school district also had no overall findings.

“Beulah (Campbell, director of finance) and her staff do a great job utilizing internal control structures that’s been set,” continued Shackleford. “We sample everywhere, receipts, expenditures, purchase requests, budgets, and everything was in fine shape. Everything we needed was here.”

“I would just like to say that there is no greater financial staff and this is just another indication of that. [They] do an excellent job and so do our principals and program directors with policies and procedures,” said Superintendent L. Kay Dixon.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) service coordinator Bobbie Dixon was also in attendance at the meeting to give a program report.

BIS is currently in the fourth of seven years with GEAR UP. Some of the benefits from this program at the school include the reimbursement of a middle and high school academic specialist and the half-reimbursement of a part-time college and career guide. GEAR UP also provides funding for the Leader in Me program, which allows students the opportunity to grow as leaders and build character, funding for two college visits, after school tutoring and the purchase of 32 Chromebooks for the students to use.

“On behalf of Berea College, I would like to thank the Board and the school district for their continued support of our programs,” said Bobbie Dixon. “We feel that this is one school district that really takes advantage of the money and uses it well.”

In other board news, the one-year reciprocal agreements with Middlesboro Independent, Whitley County and Laurel County and the two-year reciprocal agreements with Bell County and Pineville Independent were approved. Brain Carey, Director of Pupil Personnel, noted, “We gave them what they gave us.”

The board also approved an emergency hiring waiver for non-certified substitute teachers with 64 college hours, a 2.5 grade point average and a clear background check.