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A special-edition SAO newsletter just for schools and school districts

The Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) is hosting its annual conference this week in Tacoma and SAO representatives will be there, sharing the latest news on financial reporting and auditing issues specifically for schools and school districts.

As a bonus, we’ve created a special-edition Audit Connection newsletter filled with articles and information designed to help school business officials throughout Washington state.

A syllabus of top SAO resources and articles for school districts

Whether you're a new school official looking to learn all you can, or a seasoned veteran just interested in a refresher or two, chances are we have some resources you can use. Here's a list of linked articles, tools and checklists that have proven quite useful over the years. As always, if you have questions or need more information, contact our Center for Government Innovation at Center@sao.wa.gov

Pandemic-era innovations in K-12 education identified by new performance audit

Amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Washington school districts developed new approaches to education that should be explored more, according to a new performance audit by the Office of the Washington State Auditor.

Beginning in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of public schools and a rapid shift to online education across the nation. While the change was a major disruption for students, parents and educators, it also allowed school districts to innovate as they navigated the pandemic.

Preparing your school district’s financial reporting package? SAO’s updated review checklist can help

The long, hot summer days are waning, which means the end of another school district fiscal year is upon us. Yes, it is time again to close the books and prepare your annual financial reporting package. And, as we do every year to help you get ready, we published an updated Checklist for Preparing and Reviewing School District Financial Statements.

Attention schools and school districts: An SAO newsletter, just for you

The Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) is hosting its annual conference this week in Spokane. SAO representatives will be there in person, sharing the latest news on financial reporting and auditing issues.

As is our custom, we've created an Audit Connection newsletter designed just for schools and school districts. Those at the conference should stop by SAO's booth for a hard copy. We've also included it here as an interactive issue and downloadable PDF for easy digital reference. See the last page of the PDF for printing instructions.

Schools and school districts: Check out the special WASBO edition of our newsletter, just for you

This week, the Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) is hosting its annual conference. SAO representatives will be there in person, sharing the latest news on financial reporting and auditing issues.

As is our custom, we have created an Audit Connection newsletter designed just for schools and school districts. Those at the conference should stop by SAO's booth for a hard copy. We've also included it here as an interactive issue and downloadable PDF for easy digital reference. See the last page of the PDF for printing instructions.

Concerned about possible errors on your SEFA? SAO is here to help

Washington's governments encountered special audit circumstances this year when it came to preparing the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA). School districts were no different—and many of
you found yourselves facing a federal audit for the first time because the funding you received related
to the COVID-19 pandemic met or exceeded the federal government's threshold to require an audit.