MIDDLETOWN – An audit
of the Middletown Enlarged City School District for the period of July
1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 found that the school board has not adopted
a fund balance policy.
The district has total appropriations of $173.5 million in fiscal year
The audit found the school board had appropriated $27 million of fund
balance in district budgets for the last five years, but only $1.4 million
It also said the district’s unrestricted fund balance has exceeded
statutory limits in each of the past five years.
Among the key recommendations of the audit are that the board should discontinue
the practice of adopting budgets that appropriate fund balance that is
not needed to fund operations, ensure that the amount of unrestricted
fund balance complies with the statutory limit, and adopt a fund balance
policy that outlines the level of fund balance to be maintained and use
surplus funds to cover one-time expenditures, pay off debt or reduce property