NORTHPORT, New York, November 6
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
It was the Northport-East Northport Board of Education’s plan on Monday night to hold a public presentation of the yearly external audit report during a public board meeting.
However, there was just one problem, as board counsel Chris Powers pointed out: the report was not yet made available to the public.
Agenda items regarding the findings prepared by Cullen & Danowski, LLP – the Northport-East Northport School District’s independent auditor – were tabled following Powers’ recommendation.
“There is a convergence of laws that the board needs to be mindful of,” Powers said in reference to the pair of agenda items detailing the presentation and potential acceptance of the report. “This board of education [must] make available to the public documents that will be the subject of discussion at the board meeting in which there will be action.”
New York Department of State Public Officers Law, Article 7 §103-(e) is the regulation Powers referenced. In light of the failure to post the external audit report for public access prior to the meeting, his recommendation was to pull both agenda items until the documents were made public. The board’s members unanimously accepted the motion.
The discussion then delved into potential dates on which a special meeting could be scheduled. Powers said the meeting must take place before Nov. 14.
“I would recommend you get it out [Tuesday] so that [the public] can… have full opportunity to review the audit report,” Powers said to the board.
Today, the district announced on its website that a special meeting will take place in the William J. Brosnan School cafeteria at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 to present the external audit report. The report can also be found on the website.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, November 6, 2014; A2)