ALBANY, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The Central Valley School District was among 20 schools tested in their IT security in New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s latest audit of New York State School Districts.
DiNapoli’s latest audit, which looked at oversight of technology equipment, looked at a sample of 20 school districts across the state, including Central Valley Academy in Ilion. Performed over the last three years, auditors selected almost 1,200 IT assets, which included laptop computers, tablets, and monitors. Out of those, 945 were selected to see if they could be accounted for. Statewide, more than 20% of those could not be accounted for, totaling almost $280,000.
In the Central Valley School District, 60 assets were tested. Out of those, five of them, or 8% of the total, could not be accounted for, near the bottom of the list out of the 20 tested.
DiNapoli’s audit found that nearly $22 million worth of IT assets across the state were subject to theft or other misuse. None of the 20 districts tested implemented proper tracking procedures, and eight districts had no adequate way to store the assets. 17 districts could not locate over 100 assets worth approximately $32,700, including 81 Chromebooks worth $18,400.
Auditors made numerous recommendations to the school, including complete annual inventories of assets as well as procedures to ensure protection from environmental damage.