03-15-2019 Joint Audit Committee Meeting

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met with members of the Audit Committee for a Joint Audit Committee Meeting on Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in the Eagle newspaper on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

Opening Exercises
1. Opening Exercises

Minutes: Chairman Tina Descovich called the meeting to order at: 8:32 a.m.

Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Misty Belford, Cheryl McDougall, Tina Descovich, Matt Susin and Katye Campbell

Pledge of Allegiance
3. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: Chairman Descovich led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Order of Business
4. Audit Committee Presentation/Progress Report/Committee Goals and Board Discussion
Attachment: Audit Committee Meeting Minutes DRAFT 12-7-18.pdf
Attachment: Presentation.pdf

Pennie Zuercher, Chief Financial Officer, turned the meeting over to Audit Committee Chair, Art Edwards. He began the presentation. He explained the purpose of the Audit Committee meeting and introduced the members and gave a little background about each.

Mr. Edwards went over his presentation.


Closing Remarks
5. Closing Remarks


Ms. Descovich thanked Mr. Edwards and the rest of the members of the audit committee and stated that their role is critical.

Mr. Susin asked who was doing the Fraud Awareness training. Ms. Zuercher said that it is included in training done in July.  Mr. Susin asked if there was follow-up to Whistleblower Reports? Mr. Edwards said that they follow-up audits.  

Mr. Susin wanted to clarify that an individual Board member could request an audit as discussed at last year's meeting.  Mr. Edwards suggested developing a template that could be approved by the Board and Audit Committee members.

Ms. McDougall asked if it would be within the purview of the Audit Committee to perform an audit of discipline.  Jennifer Murtha of RSM said that audits could be performed around internal controls around different areas of compliance.  The question would be where the data would come from.  Mr. Edwards stated he would add this as an action item.

Mr. Susin and Ms. McDougall said they would also be interested in expulsion data from other districts.

6. Adjournment

Minutes: Chairman Descovich adjourned the joint meeting portion at: 9:29 a.m.