Section 3326.211 | Unauditable science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school.
(A) If the auditor of state or a public accountant, pursuant to section 117.41 of the Revised Code, declares a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school to be unauditable, the auditor of state shall provide written notification of that declaration to the school and the department of education and workforce. The auditor of state also shall post the notification on the auditor of state's web site.
(B) If the STEM school's current treasurer held that position during the period for which the school is unauditable, upon receipt of the notification under division (A) of this section, the governing body of the school shall suspend the treasurer until the auditor of state or a public accountant has completed an audit of the school. Suspension of the treasurer may be with or without pay, as determined by the governing body based on the circumstances that prompted the auditor of state's declaration. The governing body shall appoint a person to assume the duties of the treasurer during the period of the suspension. If the appointee is not licensed as a treasurer under section 3301.074 of the Revised Code, the appointee shall be approved by the director of education and workforce before assuming the duties of the treasurer. The state board of education may take action under section 3319.31 of the Revised Code to suspend, revoke, or limit the license of a treasurer who has been suspended under this division.
(C) Not later than forty-five days after receiving the notification under division (A) of this section, the governing body of the STEM school shall provide a written response to the auditor of state. The response shall include the following:
(1) An overview of the process the governing body will use to review and understand the circumstances that led to the school becoming unauditable;
(2) A plan for providing the auditor of state with the documentation necessary to complete an audit of the school and for ensuring that all financial documents are available in the future;
(3) The actions the governing body will take to ensure that the plan described in division (C)(2) of this section is implemented.
(D) If the STEM school fails to make reasonable efforts and continuing progress to bring its accounts, records, files, or reports into an auditable condition within ninety days after being declared unauditable, the auditor of state, in addition to requesting legal action under sections 117.41 and 117.42 of the Revised Code, shall notify the school and the department of the school's failure. If the auditor of state or a public accountant subsequently is able to complete a financial audit of the school, the auditor of state shall notify the school and the department that the audit has been completed.
(E) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in this chapter or in any other provision of law, upon notification by the auditor of state under division (D) of this section that the STEM school has failed to make reasonable efforts and continuing progress to bring its accounts, records, files, or reports into an auditable condition, the department shall immediately cease all payments to the school under this chapter and any other provision of law. Upon subsequent notification from the auditor of state under that division that the auditor of state or a public accountant was able to complete a financial audit of the school, the department shall release all funds withheld from the school under this section.
Last updated August 30, 2023 at 10:03 AM