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June 18, 2014

County school system recognized for financial excellence

THOMASVILLE — The Thomas County Board of Education recently received an Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting from the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts. The Education Audit Division conducts more than 235 financial engagements annually. This year, the Thomas County School System was one of only 34 entities that received this Award of Achievement.

    The Department of Audits created the award program to recognize those entities that are audited annually and go beyond standard financial business practices to be considered the best of the best. An award of distinction is presented to organizations that submit quality financial statements and supporting documentation in a timely manner, whose annual financial report is given an unmodified audit opinion and is free of any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses, and comply with all Transparency in Government requirements.

    Kenneth Knight, CPA, and audit supervisor with the Leesburg Regional Office from the Georgia Department of Audits, presented the award at the recent Thomas County Board of Education meeting.

    “First, let me take this opportunity to thank you for allowing the Department to participate in your board meeting this evening,” Knight said. “It is with great pleasure that we present the Thomas County Board of Education this award. Your financial staff does an outstanding job and we want you to know how fortunate you are to have them as part of your organization. School districts such as Thomas County, who are ready and prepared for their annual audit, make our job as auditors much easier and possible. Congratulations!”

    Joey Holland, CPA, and assistant superintendent for Finance and Operations, received the award on behalf of the school system.

    “We appreciate the Georgia Department of Audits recognizing the Thomas County School System for our hard work,” said Holland.  “The annual audit process encompasses the entire school district, and this award is a testament to the dedication of our district finance department staff, our local school accounting staff, our nutrition department, our directors that manage federal grants, and many others in the district that have a hand in school system operations.  Being recognized by the Audit Department is evidence that we strive for excellence in supporting the education of the children of Thomas County.”

    This award was granted for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

    Holland added, “Our audit for fiscal year 2013 was completed in March 2014 and the audit department has just compiled the list of systems that complied with all the requirements.”

    Superintendent Dr. Dusty Kornegay applauded the efforts of the school system as a whole, as well as the Finance Department.

 Kornegay said, “We take the management of the tax dollars entrusted to us very seriously as we strive to be good stewards of our resources. I appreciate the fine work of Mr. Joey Holland and his entire department.”


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