“We were able to confirm that 100 percent of athletic deposits at the school buildings had been deposited to the treasurer and are accounted for. That’s great news this year,” Harper told the school board. “There’s always room for improvement, and we discussed that with Mr. Baker and Superintendent Lolli. We’ll be looking at those (issues) next season.”
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Harper said multiple documents the athletic department submitted to the treasurer were missing information, so the treasurer’s office asked him to review ticket sales for the fall and winter sports seasons.
Harper’s memo to Baker identified dozens of instances where procedures were not followed — senior tickets sold at the wrong price, volleyball games where admission wasn’t charged, admission being charged without tickets to track sales, and several documentation concerns about ticket reconciliation sheets and deposit slips.
Harper emphasized that his review was not a full audit, but he thanked Baker, school athletic directors, sports coordinators and building principals for their help.
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School board member Karen Wick-Gagnet asked what made the difference between the missing money of three previous years, and the 100 percent accounting of this school year. Harper cited better training and enforcement on the athletics department operations manual.
“We had a few new athletic directors this year who were eager to follow those policies and procedures,” Harper said. “The principals have done a lot of enforcement (of ADs), because they want to see the positive end of it, and make sure the funds that we’re collecting are going to the students.”
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