CC-Crystal contracts with new auditing firm

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 11:12 am on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education listen to a presentation during the Monday evening evening board meeting in Carson City. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CARSON CITY — In an effort to be more timely with its auditing processes, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will now be operating with a new auditing firm.

After a unanimous board vote at Tuesday evening’s Carson City-Crystal school board meeting, Maner Costerisan of Lansing will now handle auditing duties for the district for two years.

“I asked the board to explore looking at changing auditing firms to a more specialized firm that represents more than 60 districts,” Superintendent Kevin Murphy said. “Our previous firm has done a good job for us, but we’re their only school district.”

Murphy said Foote and Lloyd of Battle Creek previously handled the district’s auditing needs, but was unable to honor requests to finish the audits in a more timely manner.

“I think that my requests for timeliness and dedication will be honored as (Maner Costerisan) has a bigger workforce to come in to help us close the fiscal books a lot sooner than what we did this past year,” Murphy said.

Murphy said Maner Costerisan handles about 60 school districts, including nearby Greenville.

“They are well recommended,” he said.

Before voting on a three-year agreement, board member Ben Adkins asked that the length of the contract be shortened.

“I think that, personally, voting for something that costs as much as this does … I want to make sure it’s a fit before committing to three years,” Adkins said. “We can always bring them back and take another look at their price structures. I don’t think we’re losing anything by not boxing ourselves in.

Board member Randy Stearns agreed, stating he believes the board should open the market for auditing forms every three to five years.

The change in auditing firms will cost the district approximately $7,000 more per year.

Foote and Lloyd previously charged the district $12,500 while Maner Costerisan will cost the district $19,500.

“They are a little bit more expensive, but we’re going to get more from them,” Murphy said. “It will be well worth it, in my opinion.”

Board members also voted unanimously to approve a contract with Tower Pinkster, the firm that will handle engineering duties if the bond proposal for expansion and renovations is approved in May.

“We approved entering negotiations with Tower Pinkster in September,” Murphy said. “Our attorney and their attorney have worked things out. I promised I would bring this contract back to the board before I sign it.”

The board also welcomed the addition of new high school english teacher Erin Kiste, who will teach 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

“We very much look forward to working with her,” High School Principal Duane Lyons said. “We’re very impressed with her thoughts and ideas.”

Kiste said she originally hailed from the Belding area before moving to Florida.

“This is my second year teaching, and it’s just great to be returning home,” she said.

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