ROCK HALL — Kent County Public Schools received a clean audit for its financial reporting for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Audrey McKendrick from TGM Group presented the school system’s annual financial audit to the Board of Education Monday, Oct. 11. McKendrick said the school system received a clean audit report.

“It was the best opinion you could get,” she told the board.

McKendrick thanked Superintendent Karen Couch, KCPS Supervisor of Finance Alleesa Stewart and Stewart’s team for their assistance during the audit process.

The board also approved the KCPS 2023-2028 Capital Improvement Plan for submittal to the state.

The top priority in the plan is the replacement of the roof at Kent County High School, as well as laying the groundwork for renovating or replacing Kent County Middle School and additional renovations at the high school.

In presenting the Capital Improvement Plan, KCPS accountant Kreigh Kirby said the high school roof replacement would be a two-year project with an estimate of about $7.2 million, the cost of which would be shared between the state and the county.

“It’s beneficial for both the state and the county that it’s not a one-year project, so they can kind of spread funds out equally over two years,” Kirby said.

The board also held a first reading of a policy to establish a Citizen Advisory Committee. The policy, which has been a topic of discussion since this summer, is expected to be voted on at the board’s next meeting.

The 13-member panel would “serve as a channel for public concerns, advice, and communication, and to make recommendations as requested on topics and issues (excluding personnel) impacting the education programs and activities of Kent County Public Schools.”

The audit statements, proposed policy establishing a Citizen Advisory Committee and capital improvement plan are attached to the board’s online agenda for the Oct. 11 meeting at go.boarddocs.com/mabe/kcps/Board.nsf/Public.

The board is holding a work session Monday, Oct. 25. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the board immediately going into closed session. The public portion of the meeting will resume at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the KCPS Central Office, 5608 Boundary Ave., Rock Hall. It also will be streamed on the KCPS Facebook page, www.face book.com/kcpsmdk12.

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