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Lincoln-Way School District 210 seeks more open dialogue with finance committee

Board might consider approving inspector general in July

NEW LENOX – Lincoln-Way School District 210 might make the next iteration of the Finance and Building Committee more of an open forum with community input. 

Board President Joe Kirkeeng suggested a new format to the advisory committee that was formed last year to assist the cash-strapped district with reviewing its financial condition, along with providing information and recommendations to the board. 

Kirkeeng said the next iteration of the committee could be more of a public forum, where attendees could participate in discussion instead of speaking only during public comment. 

“It’s a little different format, but I think we got a community where we’ve got some talent, we’ve got some resources and we’ve got some engagement,” Kirkeeng said.

He said the format would allow for a “true exchange of ideas and conversation.” Based on feedback on the committee, Kirkeeng said people wanted it to be more conversational. 

The Finance and Building Committee – which consists of district officials and community members – only has lasted for a year and was to be renewed by the board. Kirkeeng said there’s discussion among board members about forming a new iteration of the committee in September. 

Inspector general 

Superintendent Scott Tingley said district officials have found a candidate to serve as the district’s inspector general. The district’s Audit Committee will meet with the candidate next week, and Tingley would make a recommendation for approval in July, he said. 

“I think it’s a positive step in the right direction for our district,” Tingley said. 

The district has been seeking an inspector general since March, and it approved a policy in February to employ one. Tingley proposed the idea of an inspector general, who will investigate complaints of fraud, waste and fiscal mismanagement in the district. 

The inspector general would help with audit findings last year that claimed the district lacked fraud prevention or detection, he said. 

The findings from Wermer, Rogers, Doran and Ruzon said that the district did not have any formal practices for identifying and monitoring fraud risks.

District officials said Kelly Luzzo, the district’s finance director, obtained an understanding of all business office functions and implemented some changes to existing procedures to strengthen internal controls. 

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