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Audit gives Demopolis schools clean bill of health

DEMOPOLIS &8212; L. Wayne Vickers got good news during his first official board of education meeting as the new superintendent of Demopolis City Schools.

The CPA firm of Mason and Gardner found nothing wrong with the Fiscal Year 2006 finances of the district. The audit report revealed full compliance with federal programs and &8220;did not discover any internal control weaknesses that would be material to the operations of the school board.&8221;

During his report, Vickers thanked the board members for their work in ensuring a smooth transition to his leadership.

Vickers said he was excited about doing the work required to maintain the &8220;level of excellence&8221; achieved by the district.

In other action, the board:

Heard a report from Dr. Isaac Espy, who announced summer graduation for 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20. Seven students will participate in the &8220;cap and gown&8221; ceremony at the Demopolis High School auditorium.

Recognized board members Laura Foster and Bobby Armstead for their work with Academy Achievements. Foster achieved Level 3 status, which required 75 instructional hours. Armstead achieved Level 4 status, which required 100 hours and eight advanced courses.

Accepted bids for milk and bread for the next school year. Dairy Fresh was the low-bidder for milk. Earth Grains was the low-bidder for bread. Both vendors held the respective contracts last year.

Approved a meeting time for Aug. 20. A budget hearing is expected to take place just prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting.