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Niskayuna schools earn strong marks for capital project oversight

Niskayuna schools earn strong marks for capital project oversight

Niskayuna schools earn strong marks for capital project oversight
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NISKAYUNA — Niskayuna Central School District officials properly managed and monitored a $5.6 million capital project approved by district voters in 2016, according to an audit by the state Comptroller’s Office.

Auditors reviewed $4.9 million in project claims, as well as 56 change orders totaling over $315,000, and found “district officials properly established, monitored and accounted for the capital project,” according to the audit report. Auditors proposed no recommendations based on the analysis.

The audit highlighted how district officials met with its architect and project manager on a weekly basis and properly documented and reviewed project expenditures.

The positive audit result, which Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. highlighted at last week’s school board meeting, comes as district officials plan for its next capital project, now slated to go to voters for approval in December 2020. That project could be 10 times or more the size of the audited 2016 project and may also be paired with an overhaul of school configurations in the district.

“This audit recognized that with regard to this capital improvement project, we put all of the necessary, responsible and appropriate systems in place,” district officials wrote in a response to the audit’s findings. “As we look to a second phase of facilities improvements, these practices will continue.”

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