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CCISD approves audit report

November 14, 2012
By ASHLEY CURTIS - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - The 2011-12 audit report for the Copper Country Intermediate School District was approved by the district's board of education Tuesday.

Bruce Rukkila, CPA with Rukkila, Negro and Associates, was present to discuss the results of the audit with the board.

Although the Regional Educational Media Center fund experienced an increase of revenue over expenditures of $120,000, REMC1 Director Mike Richardson said some of those funds will be spent.

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Bruce Rukkila discusses the 2011-12 audit report with the Copper Country Intermediate School District Board of Education during the CCISD board’s regular meeting Tuesday.

"Your special education fund had excess expenditures around $200,000, primarily due to losing a lot of that assistance money, American Recovery (and Reinvestment) Act money," Rukkila said.

The overall fund balances were reported as $1.1 million in the general fund and $1.3 million in the special education fund.

"If you go back seven years, a lot of these funds were 20 to 30 percent smaller than they are today," Rukkila said.

After hearing from Rukkila, CCISD Superintendent Dennis Harbour commended the board and staff.

"It's a tough job managing money these days and we like to think we're doing a good job," Harbour said.

The board also heard from CCISD Business Manager Ken Maki about financial statements and the new financial software package, Optimal Solutions, the district will begin utilizing Jan. 1.

Chassell Township schools and Dollar Bay-Tamarack City schools have already started using the software, while Hancock, Calumet, Adams Township schools and the CCISD will begin shortly.

Although there are other software packages available, the CCISD selected the package because "price was a major thing," Maki said.

In other news, the board:

approved travel to Lansing for two conferences for three CCISD staff members.

heard from Harbour on the Copper Country superintendents meeting.

adopted the annual summer tax resolution.

"It gives us the ability to levy summer taxes within our 26 taxing units. Right now, we are probably three quarters of the taxing units levied in the summer," Maki said.

approved family medical leave for Sarah Hampton, early childhood special education teacher, from Jan. 7 through March 15.

hired Janet Myllyla as a temporary, part-time, school year bus aide.

"L'Anse schools had 10 kids that wanted to attend our auto tech program; meanwhile, we have six special education kids coming from L'Anse, Baraga and Chassell who normally come in a van," Harbour said.

Having 10 kids requires that students ride a bus, so Harbour and Maki made the decision to bring all 16 students on a bus, but when there are social skills students on the bus, it also requires an aide.

heard a superintendent's update from Harbour on BHK Child Development, the implications of the elections and BRIDGE Alternative High School.



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