State Auditor Presents Eight School Districts with “Achievement in Accountability” Awards

NATCHEZ, Miss.- State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented eight school districts with “Achievement in Accountability” certificates at the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents Winter Conference in Natchez yesterday.

Awards were presented to the following: Amite County School District, Forest Municipal School District, Jackson County School District, Jefferson Davis School District, Natchez-Adams School District, Pascagoula School District, Pearl Public School District, and West Jasper School District.

Each of these districts was recognized for their exemplary performance in capturing and reporting data in: student enrollment, student absentee reporting, truancy reporting, graduation, suspensions, historical postings, teacher endorsements, textbook distribution, property internal controls, vehicle marking, and school safety.

“I would like to congratulate each of these school districts and their personnel,” State Auditor Stacey Pickering said. “Our reviews are designed to identify strengths and areas that need improvements and these school districts serve as models for all the districts we reviewed last year.”

The State Auditor’s Office is tasked with reviewing the accuracy and reliability of student and personnel information submitted by school districts to the Mississippi Department of Education through the Mississippi Student Information System (MSIS) in order to determine funding for local school districts.

During the 2012-2013 school year, the Performance Audit Division conducted audits at 46 school districts across Mississippi. Over a three-year period, they will perform these reviews at every school district in the state.