The Duncan Banner

March 29, 2013

RRTC financial staff praised during meeting

Jeff Kaley
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Red River Technology Center’s book-keepers and financial watchdogs were praised at a recent special meeting, when the school received results of its audit for fiscal year 2012.

During a special meeting, Kerry Patten presented the report, after the audit was found to have no deficiencies and no remediation recommendations were made by the Oklahoma State Auditor’s office.

Patten’s Broken Arrow-based firm, Kerry Patten CPA, prepared the audit, with assistance from RRTC financial staff and administrators.

“Kerry has been the auditor for us for quite some time, and the report is an annual requirement,” said RRTC Superintendent Dennis Loafman. “It makes sure we are doing things correctly and keeping proper accounting processes, and Kerry does a great job for us.

“We had a good, clean audit, and that speaks well of our staff. Because there have been some changes lately, our (financial) staff has been in transition, with some personnel who helped start the audit being gone by the time it was completed.

“But they’ve been having good audits here long before I came here, and I appreciate all the hard work our people do.”

After board members approved the audit report as presented, the only other agenda item at the special meeting was to accept a letter of resignation from Greg Tanaka, the school’s safety/environmental compliance coordinator.

Because Tanaka had been with Red River for many years, Loafman said okaying the resignation was a bittersweet exercise.

“Greg has done a great job here, but he had a good opportunity available,” Loafman said. “We appreciate all the time and effort he put in. School safety is extremely important and Greg also spent a significant amount of time supervising training.”

Loafman noted the position had been posted and interviews would soon begin to find a replacement for Tanaka.