CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Cambridge Central School District board of education accepted a new charter for the district's audit committee at its regular meeting on Monday. The new charter will require the appointment of two non-board members.
An audit committee is designed to help the board conduct its oversight responsibilities over the district's finances. The revised charter allows the board to look for two members of the Cambridge community who have related financial experience to serve on the audit committee.
Audit committee chair and board member, Don Boyd, said it's difficult to find the expertise needed for financial oversight among board members in a rural community. He also said the district's governing body has a special responsibility to be transparent so that its actions are understood by the community who elected its officials.
"For these two reasons, we revised our audit committee to allow us to tap into expertise we many have in the community, and to enhance the transparency of the committee's role in advising the board," Boyd said.
The board is encouraging any resident in the school district with accounting, bookkeeping or banking experience to send in a letter of interest that notes their experience and expertise by Monday, June 2. The letter should be addressed to: Board of Education, Cambridge Central School District at 58 South Park St., Cambridge NY 12816.
The board also voted on the charge of the communications advisory committee on Monday night. The board decided to write up the committee's charge and responsibilities, as well as go about a search to appoint people to the committee in a 3-2 vote.
Board President Paul Baker-Porazinski and board member, Dr. Thomas Wolski, casted the dissenting votes. Baker-Porazinski said the board needed more time to "tweak" the membership and charge of the communications advisory committee. "We have a policy on the books for appointing new committee members ... Tom and I didn't think it was vote ready: I just wish we followed our own policy better," he said.
The remaining three board members came to a consensus that the board has put off the charge of the committee too long and did not want to get caught up on procedural matters.
"I agreed that (the committee's process) wasn't fleshed out enough, but I thought we should still let the committee continue with its work while we develop an improved charge to adopt at next month's board meeting," Boyd said.
The next regular board of education meeting will be held on June 17. A special event, "Meet the Candidates Night," will be held on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the CCS Pride Cafeteria, prior to the board member election and school budget vote on Tuesday, May 20.
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