11-15-18 Watervliet Public Schools passes audit with flying colors; Dr. DeHaven takes a seat on th

Watervliet Public Schools passes audit  with flying colors; Dr. DeHaven takes a seat on the School Board table

By Kristy Noack

Good news was shared at Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting as the district received a ‘clean’ audit for the 2017-18 school year.

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Patrick Sage, CPA, of Kruggel & Lawton CPA, was on hand Nov. 12 to share audit results with the board and audience members.  According to Sage, “The audit was painless, clean, and very smooth.” The unmodified opinion of the financial firm showed the district is in good shape financially and fiscal dollars are being spent responsibly.

Sage explained, “The district is very healthy and in a really good place.” He shared one example pertaining to his audit of the food service division at the school. Food services spent “over $700,000” with no findings or irregularities.

Sage was complimentary of the district and also commended the administration and staff on being organized and prepared.

Dr. DeHaven returns to the Board as Troy Boone vacates

Board secretary Matt Clay read aloud a resignation letter submitted by Board trustee Troy Boone. Boone, who resigned on October 19, spent seven years as a board member. Bill Spaulding, president of the Board, commented, “He was a valued and highly contributive member of this board.”  Trustee Ted Tees reiterated Spaulding’s comments, acknowledging, “More than once we would say, ‘Let’s see what Troy thinks.’”

Replacing Boone on the Board will be Dr. Andrew DeHaven.  DeHaven has prior experience as a Watervliet Board of Education member and will fill the seat until the next election schedule for November 2020.  DeHaven was the only candidate to apply for the position.

Marshall resigns; VanDuinen hired

Michelle Marshall, an English Language Arts teacher at Watervliet Middle School, resigned her position on November 9.  She had served the school district for three years.