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Audit: $1 Million In Special Needs Funding Spent On Other Purposes PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 07:29

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - An audit of
 Medicaid reimbursements for school-based medical services has found that funds appropriated for one purpose was used on another.

The findings from State Auditor Beth Wood's office, released Monday are below. The complete audit can be found at http://www.ncauditor.net/EPSWeb/Reports/FiscalControl/FCA-2015-3510.pdf


Report Summary:

The results of our audit disclosed items that are considered reportable under Government Auditing Standards. Specifically, the Public Schools of Robeson County (School District) did not use approximately $1 million per year in Medicaid administrative reimbursements to provide services to students with disabilities in fiscal years 2011-2013, as contractually required. Additionally, the School District understated reimbursable expenses and missed out on more than $364,000 in Medicaid reimbursements. The School District and the Department of Public Instruction generally agreed with our findings and recommendations. Details about each item are provided in the Audit Findings, Recommendations, and Responses section of the report.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 07:30
General Assembly Calendar For Monday, July 27, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 27 July 2015 05:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is the schedule for the North Carolina General Assembly for Monday, July 27, 2015.

1:30 PM     
Session Convenes
3:00 PM
Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee     
544 LOB
4:00 PM     
Session Convenes

Mitchell and Buncombe County Residents Take Seats On Board of Governor's Western Residence PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 24 July 2015 05:59

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Patti Jensen of Mitchell County and Leslie Farquhar of Buncombe County will be joining the 15-member board of directors of the Governor's Western Residence.

Jensen is Director of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. For the past 12 years she has served as the Marketing Director for the Mitchell County Development Foundation and as the Tourism and Marketing Director for the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce. She has previously developed marketing strategies for the Switzerland Inn as a member of the Marketing and Guest Relations team.  

Farquhar is a graphic designer at Freelance Graphic Design. She currently owns and operates Fiddle Sticks and Pink Pen Designs, two businesses that design stationary, invitations and handles planning arrangements for hospitality events.  

The board works to maintain the residence as a meeting location for civic and cultural groups in the western part of the state.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 06:04
Nearly a Dozen Bills Become Law With Signature of Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 July 2015 05:54

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - New laws affecting a range of areas from community colleges to charter schools to controlled substances will take effect in North Carolina following signing by Gov. Pat McCrory.

The bills are:

S.B. 22 -- Cultural History Artifact Management and Patriotism Act.  It ensures respectful treatment of the flags of North Carolina and United States, establishes the Division of Veterans Affairs as a clearing house for worn and damaged flags, transfers custody of certain historic documents from the Secretary of State to the Department of Cultural Resources to facilitate public viewing and provides protection of historic monuments and memorials across the state.

H.B. 276 - A bill making omnibus changes to charter school employee retirement benefits by creating a new procedure for charter schools to participate in the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System; directing the Fiscal Research Division to obtain estimates of withdrawal liability for actuarial note on bills that remove an agency from the retirement systems; establishing the priority for use of reserved funds in the event of dissolution of a charter school; and prohibiting granting prior service to new agencies in the Local Governmental Employees Retirement System.
H.B. 350 - A bill requiring the Division of Motor Vehicles to restore a person's driving privilege upon notification from the Clerk of Court that the person has been adjudicated to be restored to competency.
H.B. 544 - A bill allowing a city to require the county ordinance to adhere to the city's sign ordinance when the city opts to enforce a county ordinance within the city.
H.B. 390 - A bill making necessary law changes due to the Washington County Board of Commissioners resolution requesting reassignment of Washington County "exclusively to the service area of Beaufort County Community College for purpose of providing all available programs and services to and within Washington County." The bill authorizes the election of an additional member to the Board of Trustees of Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) by each board of county commissioners within the administrative area; requires the State Board of Community Colleges (SBCC) to include all of Washington County in the service area of BCCC; and directs the SBCC to review service areas that include multiple community colleges for one county.  

H.B. 201 - A bill removing the qualified protest petition process and implementing a mechanism for citizen input into proposed zoning ordinance amendments, changes, modifications, repeals, or supplementations.
H.B. 254 - A bill expanding reemployment protections granted to members of the North Carolina National Guard to include members of the National Guards of other states.
H.B. 341 - A bill adding a number of drugs to the list of controlled substances in Schedules I, II, and VI of the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act.
H.B. 277 - A bill making various changes to the laws governing the administration of the state's public employee retirement systems as recommended by the State Treasurer.
H.B. 6 - A bill amending the motor vehicle laws to define and regulate three-wheeled enclosed motorcycles, known as autocycles. Operators of motorcycles would only need a regular driver's license and would not have to wear a helmet.
H.B. 264 - A bill amending the law governing community colleges to allow local boards of trustees to offer their employees participation in the North Carolina Public School Teachers' and Professional Educator's Investment Plan as operated by the Department of State Treasurer.


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