School district system under scrutiny

B.C.’s auditor general is having a look at two areas of the Okanagan Skaha School District’s operations, including its flagship information-technology (IT) system.

School trustees were told at a board meeting this month that the auditor general had informed the district it would be looking at IT systems in place at public-sector organizations across B.C.

The school district’s system is among the most advanced in the province and provides phone and data service to all of its facilities plus other community users in Penticton and Summerland.

Ron Shongrunden, the district’s secretary-treasurer, told trustees the state-of-the-art system is “probably less exposed” than those in place elsewhere. He added that he thinks the audit will focus on the security of information stored on the system.

The final audit report on IT systems is due to be tabled at the provincial legislature and released to the public in the summer.

Shongrunden also reported that his district is one of 51 across B.C. that will receive the lowest level of scrutiny from the auditor general during its review of districts’ finances in the three years ahead.

Nine other districts have been flagged for progressively higher levels of oversight based on risk factors such as a change of leadership or financial position.


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