December 16, 2004
A state report released Tuesday questioned accounting practices in the Apache Junction Unified School District.
The Arizona Office of the Auditor General found the district did not keep accurate accounting records during the 2002-03 school year, according to the report posted on the office’s Web site. The district has 90 days to come into compliance or face losing state funding.
"It’s more a weakness in accounting procedures and there is no indication of fraud or deception," said Michael Stelpstra, accounting service manager with the auditor general’s office.
Stelpstra said that of the 150 school districts audited yearly, 5 percent to 10 percent are noncompliant. Most clean up their accounting practices within the 90-day probation period.
The district’s business manager, Jim Lockwood, said he has already implemented some of the report’s recommendations.