Pine Valley School Board Hears ‘Clean’ Audit Report

SOUTH DAYTON – Even though there was a transition in the business office, it has not affected the operations of the Pine Valley Central School. The board of education received its independent audit report at a recent board meeting.

Cathie Bridges and Adrian Horning from R.A. Mercer and Co. presented the audit to the board. Although Business Executive Deanna Schettine is new to the district, Bridges said she was impressed with the office.

“I want to thank Deanna, the administration and staff for the smoothest transition ever,” Bridges said.

The audit was “clean,” according to Bridges. She mentioned the district’s more rollover fund balance is higher than the amount mandated by the state. Although the district’s balance is higher than the mandate, the district has decreased the amount since last year’s budget. She also commended the district for saving taxpayers $700,000 by issuing a new bond and keeping property taxes stable over the past several years.

“It was a very smooth audit. It’s a good audit,” Bridges said.

In an unrelated matter, a petition regarding sports merging was presented to the board by Rex Butcher. The petition had 101 signatures from parents, community members, players and coaches urging the district to not merge football.

Superintendent Pete Morgante said the district was not looking to merge the sport right away, but was simply brainstorming how to support the sports program in the future. Morgante said a problem with this year’s team is not having boys to play.

“We have no numbers,” he said. “If we didn’t have football it’d be terrible for our kids.”

Board member Jo Ann Anderson announced she would be resigning after the Nov. 14 meeting to move out of the area. Fellow board member Larry Zollinger thanked her for her years of service.

“Thank you for your many, many years of service to this district,” he said. “Best wishes to you in your new home.”