Walla Walla Public Schools was the subject of an audit report recently released by the Office of the Washington State Auditor.
The audit, completed for fiscal year 2016-2017, found the school district did not have adequate accounting processes to ensure compliance in the free- and reduced-cost school breakfast and lunch program.
During fiscal year 2017, the district spent $1,642,140 in child nutrition funds. Of that amount, the district claimed $331 too much, said Nancy Taylor, fiscal manager for Walla Walla Public Schools.
The discrepancy came from one set of numbers pulled from one electronic system and hand-entered into another, without a second set of eyes on the process, Taylor said Friday.
“The meal counts were incorrect,” she said.
The audit revealed the district didn’t have the necessary checks and balances for that piece of the accounting process. The solution, having two people checking entry numbers so data aligns, is now in place, she said.
Taylor said the district has always had an excellent relationship with the state auditor’s office, thanks to having thorough accounting processes.
“Audits are an opportunity to see things that have fallen through the cracks,” she said.