The new school year is just around the corner, and for many districts, it’s business as usual.
But for the Vancouver School Board, it means facing a report from a forensic audit.
VSB Chair Mike Lombardi says auditors have been in the building since mid-July, and all trustees have been interviewed.
When asked if he feared anything questionable would turn up?
“Absolutely not, we welcome it. We have the most audited school board in the province. We’ve got the Controller General in, we’ve had Ernst & Young in, we’ve had Price Waterhouse and the Auditor general is doing our books this year. We are very confident in the professional work of our staff.”
VSB happy to follow protocol and participate in audit procedure
The audit looks at trustee expenses, last year’s budget, governance and decision making.
Lombardi says trustees have welcomed the audit.
“Our staff has a responsibility to bring in recommendations to the board, we consider them and we deal with them, I don’t think there is anything usual, they may have some comments about that. But in terms of fulfilling our responsibilities and what we do, we just follow the same process as every other board in the province”
The report by former B.C. Deputy Finance Minister Peter Milburn is due September 30.
A forensic audit was initially ordered by Education Minister Mike Bernier after the board failed to balance a budget.
The board is in the red $21.8 Million dollars.
The Education Minister has the option of canning the board at any time.