Niles schools improving

NILES — Nita Hendryx with the Ohio Auditor’s Office said Wednesday the Niles City School District, which has been in state-ordered fiscal emergency since February, is “making good progress,” though several funds temporarily show large deficiencies.

Hendryx provided the Fiscal Planning and Supervision Commission with a district fund summary through Sept. 30, 2019, which showed deficits of more than $20,000 and as much as $225,000 in four funds related to grants. However, those deficits shrink considerably when funds requested in early October by acting treasurer Lori Simeone hit the books.

Simeone was unable to request the funds earlier because the district’s grants were undergoing a state “peer review,” according to Hendryx.

With the anticipated grant reimbursements coming in, the deficits sit at just over $8,000 on the low end and $192,000 on the high.

Deficiencies also remain in two other funds — uniform supply at $1,727 and food service at $119,512. Hendryx said the district is waiting to see if more money will come into those funds before they begin to transfer from others.

Hendryx said everything on the books is reconciled.

In other business, the commission:

• Approved personnel changes previously approved the by board;

• Approved contracts previously approved the by board;

• Approved purchase orders over $5,000 previously approved by the board;

• Set the next meeting for noon Oct. 24;

• Went into executive session to discuss personnel matters and expected no action to be taken.