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East Central College has again received a clean opinion on the annual audit of the financial statements.  At their December 2 meeting, the board of trustees accepted the audit for the year that ended June 30, 201 3.


The audit was conducted by the firm of Davis, Lynn, and Moots, of Springfield, Mo., which gave the college an “unqualified opinion.”  The financial statements of the ECC Foundation, which is considered a component unit of the college, were also audited for the year that ended December 31, 201 2.  The foundation also received an unqualified opinion.


“We are very pleased to once again receive a unqualified “clean” opinion on the audit that showed no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses,” said college president Jon Bauer.  No compliance issues were noted with regard to major federal award programs, nor were there any other findings that require a response from the college.


The college has total assets of almost $55 million, down more than $800,000 from last year.  Property and equipment constitute $41.5 million of the total.  Total liabilities were down $600,000 for the year, and now total $22.2 million. 


Over $ 15 million in federal monies passed through the college throughout the year, the majority in the form of Pell and SEOG grants, work study and federal student loans.




In personnel matters, trustees approved the hiring of an accounting instructor and the resignation of a programmer/analyst.


Board members approved the hiring of Robin Kluesner as accounting instructor for the upcoming spring semester.  Kluesner earned a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Missouri State University.   Since 2011 she has been employed as lead bookkeeper for the Washington School District.  She was an adjunct accounting instructor for Central Methodist University and Columbia College.  Kluesner is a CPA and previously worked at ECC as staff accountant from 1988 to 1995.


Trustees also approved releasing Mark Gordon from his contract effective January 2014.  Gordon has served as programmer/analyst in the office of institutional research since 2004.


Policies Approved


Several board policies were approved by trustees at their December meeting. 


Trustees authorized revisions to ECC’s notice of non-discrimination.  Two changes were made to the existing policy with the addition of genetic information and sexual orientation to the list of items on which the college will not discriminate in admission to the college or employment. 


Genetic information means ECC will not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s genetic information that may predispose an individual to a condition or disease.  ECC’s legal counsel noted that this addition is required by law.  The addition of sexual orientation means the college will not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation.


The non-discrimination notice was also amended to include specific contacts if individuals have inquiries related to employment or civil rights compliance as it relates to student programs and services.


Board members also approved revisions to several personnel policies.

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