State Auditor finds 21 areas of concern in Williston Public School audit

Published: Feb. 1, 2023 at 10:25 AM CST
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WILLISTON, N.D. (KUMV) - The State Auditor has released his report on a petition audit of the Williston Public School #1 District prior to their merger with the Williams County School District #8.

The report, which covers the 2020-21 school year, shows that the district had 21 areas of concern, which includes inaccurate bank reconciliations, more than $6 million in debt let out of on financial statements, and a budget that was out of compliance with state law.

“Clearly, with 21 findings [the petitioner’s] concerns were justified. The district has already completed a Corrective Action Plan and is taking swift action to address these issues,” said State Auditor Joshua Gallion in a statement.

Jodi Germundson served as Business Manager of District 1 at that time. Sherri Heser was hired as the Business Manager for District 7, who resigned last July.

Superintendent Richard Faidley said the report is extremely concerning, and promises they will be fixed going forward.

“Those 21 areas of concern must be corrected and will be corrected under this administration and leadership,” said Faidley.

Your News Leader has reached out to the District for comment. The Auditor’s office will be presenting the report to the public on February 6 during the school board’s regular meeting.