|Financial Audit Division Report 05-56||Released December 22, 2005|
The Minnesota State Academies did not adequately control local bank account and imprest cash activities. In addition, the academies did not comply with numerous finance-related legal provisions relating to the purchasing process.
The mission of the Minnesota State Academies is to promote the highest level of self-sufficiency possible for the deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students in Minnesota. The academies consist of two separate public schools. They educate enrolled/non-enrolled students or support other public schools to educate students to develop social skills, leadership skills, and specialized skills, such as sign language and Braille.
The academies’ operations are funded through state appropriations and grants. During our audit period, state appropriations averaged about $10.5 million per year, and grants averaged about $1.8 million.