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School system wins financial reporting award for third year
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The finance department of the Dawson County School System poses with their award of distinction. From left to right: Sherri Autry, Gail Lowman, Dianne Allison and Jamie Ulrich. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts recently presented the Dawson County School System with the Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting for the third year in a row.

The award is given in arrears and was in recognition of the work of the finance department of the school system for the 2015 fiscal year audit.

The department, which consists of Dianne Allison, Sherri Autry, Gail Lowman and Jamie Ulrich, accepted the award during the Dawson County Board of Education work session on Sept. 6.

"Receipt of this award for the third straight year is indeed an honor and reflects our goal for accurate financial reporting and effective internal controls," said Jamie Ulrich, executive director of fianance. "We work very diligently to ensure that all financial details are in order. This enables the teachers and administrators to focus on our greatest asset: children."

Senior Auditor Mary Dilbeck and Audit Supervisor Genevieve Silvia delivered the award from the department.

There are 181 school systems in the state of Georgia and only 34 systems received the recognition during 2015.

According to the auditors, Dawson County Schools' receipt of the award means it is in the top 20 percent in the state of Georgia for financial reporting and practices.

"Mrs. Ulrich and her team exemplify what it means to be good stewards of the school system finances," said Superintendent Damon Gibbs. "She has implemented an electronic purchase order format which is being used as a model across the state."

The audit covered the previous fiscal year of the school system and included auditing federal funds for compliance with state laws, examining expenditures and an in-depth examination of the school system's financial statements for all departments and schools.