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Most recently, the Board of Regents and the State Education Department has taken a keen interest in the comptroller's audit findings because there are possible sustainability and productivity indicators.

"The comptroller wants to know if everything is running efficiently or not," Melvin said.

According to state regulations, the district cannot release the audit report until it's approved by the board and received by the comptroller.

While most schools wait the maximum 90 days to turn in the corrective action plan in reaction to the audit, the NSCSD has already prepared one and sent it with the report response.

"The district must send in an agreement with the audit draft report," Assistant Superintendent for Management Bleau said.

With the board's permission during the Nov. 16 meeting, Melvin sent the agreement and the corrective action plan with nine recommendations.

"This way everyone knows the answers," Bleau said of turning in both documents together.

Stimulus funding

The district has allocated the use of the IDEA and Title I stimulus funding to support several initiatives.

The Title I stimulus allocation totals $318,241 for the 2009-10 school year. A large portion of the funding will go to the leveled libraries project at a total of $71,742.

Another bulk of the funding will support supplemental educational services at Smith Road Elementary and North Syracuse Junior High School.

The leveled literacy intervention kits used in the district will receive $25,000 of funding as well. The LEAP summer school expansion project will receive $12,452.

IDEA funding totals $1,142,041, which will be distributed over the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years. The district will allocate $450,000 to provide employment packages for six teachers over the next two years.

There will be a total of $53,291in the funding for outside contracts with university professors. Smart Boards in the school district will be supported by $363,774.

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