LCPS may face audit by state ed depar...

LCPS may face audit by state ed department

There are 27 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Apr 14, 2011, titled LCPS may face audit by state ed department. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

Las Cruces Public Schools will find out by the end of business today if the New Mexico Public Education Department will audit its books.

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Cruces counselor

Las Cruces, NM

#23 Apr 14, 2011
It's obvious that this district is gaming the system. They have provided the services with less money, and now they count the units to get paid to do what they were doing with less. Rounds does not explain what the damages were during the time he was getting less money, which means there was no damage, other than to force the district to be more efficient. These districts and administrators are focused on their profit and not on efficiency and effectiveness. I also agree that the plans for the new high school should be scrapped because surely we are being had by the local school board and the contractors. No high school should cost more than $25 million.
Brushybill

Albuquerque, NM

#24 Apr 14, 2011
Cruces counselor wrote:
It's obvious that this district is gaming the system. They have provided the services with less money, and now they count the units to get paid to do what they were doing with less. Rounds does not explain what the damages were during the time he was getting less money, which means there was no damage, other than to force the district to be more efficient. These districts and administrators are focused on their profit and not on efficiency and effectiveness. I also agree that the plans for the new high school should be scrapped because surely we are being had by the local school board and the contractors. No high school should cost more than $25 million.
I dont think a large elementary school can be built for less than 25 million now. We didnt need the huge new high school in the first place. We needed a tech school and allow a couple of more charter schools. This is huge overkill and is a crushing addition to the budget. Dumb planning on the part of a guy who got a 30,000 bonus.
Michael L Hays

Las Cruces, NM

#25 Apr 14, 2011
Brushybill wrote:
Well, Hannah Skandera has managed to deflect criticism of her fumbling of calculating the units by not accusing the districts. I'm telling you, this lady is a shiester. She is not equipped to head up anything. She needed to admit that she messed up in caluclating the units, which were given to legislators in order to figure the per unit funding. She screwed up and is passing the buck. There is more of this to come, ladies and gentlemen.
I am not ready to declare that the audits are intended to distract attention from the PED computational errors, but the timing is coincidental and thus suspicious.

I understand that at an awards ceremony for distinguished teachers, Skandera's speech, graded by several educators in attendance, earned no grade higher than a "D." The consensus was that she could not get past platitudes. She was followed by Martinez, who went on a long rant about education and earned lower grades. The consensus was that she, too, knows not the first thing about education. But I said so long ago.
RFISF

Rio Rancho, NM

#26 Apr 14, 2011
Taxpayer wrote:
The State Board of Education will find out that the thieves here in Las Cruces are stealing them blind just like the politicans who allow it to happen. No wonder why this state is ranked as one of the worst educationally in the nation and has a teen pregnancy rate that is out of sight. They learn how to fuck in school instead of the three R's.
Your a big help...AO
Victoria

Las Cruces, NM

#27 Apr 14, 2011
They should consider getting rid of that fat guy that's in charge of it all. He's way overpaid, and they could use that salary he gets to hire 4 or 5 teachers instead.
Michael Morris

Tularosa, NM

#28 May 3, 2011
Michael L Hays wrote:
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I am not ready to declare that the audits are intended to distract attention from the PED computational errors, but the timing is coincidental and thus suspicious.
I understand that at an awards ceremony for distinguished teachers, Skandera's speech, graded by several educators in attendance, earned no grade higher than a "D." The consensus was that she could not get past platitudes. She was followed by Martinez, who went on a long rant about education and earned lower grades. The consensus was that she, too, knows not the first thing about education. But I said so long ago.
Calling this an audit is just about as dishonest as one can be.

For instance the "School Finance Act" mandates that all financial audits be performed in accordance with the "Audit Act" which allows only the State Auditor or by an independent auditor approved by the State Auditor using "generally accepted auditing standards".

That is not this. In fact what this is really is a Utah outfit that was hired by Bill Richardson "auditing" the performance of the plan they devised for special education.
http://www.ped.state.nm.us/seb/dl11/New%20Mex...

So the standard is not generally accepted accounting, but rather, the internally developed measures mentioned in the press release and the letter to the school districts. The most glaring item in the mix is the announcement that the "auditor" will then get the contract for remediation of the "issues" it finds. What kind of auditor gets the contract to remediate the matters it finds? I was unable to locate any information regarding oversight of this "audit". If we are going to use lies and obfuscation to sell a sales call as an audit doesn't is seem that their should be at least some controls of the "auditor" since this auditor is not required to adhere to any known standard of "auditing"?

So, essentially you have nothing more than another Richardson contractor "auditing" the performance of its own plan being sold as a legitimate "audit".
julee

Santa Fe, NM

#29 Mar 30, 2012
you shouldent judge ,look at the topix in Alamogordo and ruidoso morris !

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