The State Auditor’s Office gave Highline high marks for accountability and financial practices in its most recent audit, which evaluated records for the 2017-18 school year.
State audits hold school districts and other public agencies accountable for use of public funds and compliance with local, state and federal law.
Auditors found no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses in Highline's internal controls over its finances. They found that best practices had not been followed in procuring one particular contract for special education services, but that was corrected even before the audit was completed.
“We value our partnership with the State Auditor’s Office,” said Highline Chief Financial Officer Kate Davis. “We see the annual audit is an opportunity to identify areas where we can improve our fiscal practices.“
Highline has a long track record of good stewardship of tax dollars. The district avoided major budget cuts last year by reserving funds to offset a state cap on levy dollars, and all school construction projects over the past two decades have been completed on time and on budget.