Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announces smaller scope of potential school system audit

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball last week announced a more narrow scope of his request for a performance audit of the school system. The narrowed scope, to be completed by the Maryland State Department of Education, would look into the Howard County Public School System’s health and dental fund; budgeting and actual expenditure variance; personnel cost development; and supplemental income and non-salary benefits. The narrowed scope is “based on an HCPSS commitment to share other information that may also generate cost-saving opportunities,” according to a July 12 news release. Ball and the school system administration have had collaborative, ongoing dialogue on how best to define the scope of the audit since it was proposed last month. (Balt. Sun)

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