Audit Criticizes Wicomico Schools’ Accountability

A recent report by the Office of Legislative Audits, a division of the General Assembly staff charged with auditing state agencies and other state-funded entities, raised issues with management and practices in one county’s school board.

From coverage in the Daily Times online, the OLA offered criticisms of the Wicomico County school systems in several areas:

The Wicomico County public schools district was ineffective in accounting for and safeguarding assets, as well as in its use of money to the point it would cost a potential excess of at least $3 million, according to the state Office of Legislative Audits.Inefficiencies were found in areas of procurement and disbursements, payroll, information system security and equipment control and in need of accountability, said Thomas Barnickel III, a legislative auditor, in a March 5 letter to members of the state Joint Audit Committee.

Read the full Daily Times coverage online at

The full 47-page audit document is online here.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties