Kansas spends a higher portion of its budget on higher education than most other states, mainly because more of its population is enrolled in the higher education system. It appears that ways can be found to make the system more efficient without sacrificing quality.
Variations Between School Districts in Special Education Placements
There are considerable differences between districts in the size of certain special education programs. These variations are affected by placement procedures, economic factors, and different philosophies between districts about “mainstreaming” borderline students or providing special services for them.
About one-third of all minimum-custody inmates now live in maximum-security cell-houses. Some of these inmates may not be ready for placement in less secure settings, but the Department of Corrections says there are enough to fill current and proposed minimum-security facilities.
Correctional Industries and Inmate Rehabilitation at the State Penitentiary
More than half of the inmates at the Penitentiary have no job. There is also little relationship between working experience in the Penitentiary and success on parole. A number of problems in the work programs need to be corrected.
Misuse of Dealer License Plates By Kansas Vehicle Dealers
Clear cases of dealer plate abuse were found by auditors in a review of about 100 car dealerships. Changes that might help curb such abuse include tighter guidelines for issuing plates and more frequent inspections and follow-ups.
On September 15 each year, school districts count the nunmber of students enrolled in their schools. This number is used as a mojor componenet of the formula to districute State equalization aid. Because enrollment figures have an impoortant effect on the distribution of State aid,k the Legislative Post Audit Committee requested a review of how these figures are arrived at and how accurate they are. The two largest districtsin the State, Shawnee Mission and Kansas City were reviewed.
Average charges are more than the average reimbursement rate for medicaid patients in all the categories of homes. They also follow the pattern established with historical costs and reimbursement rates in that they are higher for non-profit homes than for profit homes and higher for homes owned out-of-State than for those owned in-State.
Declassifying Management Positions in the Civil Service
Agency officials indicate a reluctance to dismiss poor-performing professional or managerial employees in the classified service because of the difficulities involved. At the management level, there are inconsistencies between agencies as to whether positions are classified or unclassified.
Some improvements are needed in the State’s administration of the weatherization program, and some local agencies need to press for better quality work. Changes in the program might also expand it to cover more homes.
A Preliminary Analysis of Costs and Charges at Kansas Adult Care Homes
This Post Audit report conducted a performance audit of Kansas program for weatherizing the homes of low income people. The audit examined operations at both the State and Local level, and it addressed two main questions: Do State and local agencies have the ability to effectively use the additional money available? And given the large number of homes yet to be weatherized, what type of weatherization work will porvide the highest benefit and result in weatherizing the greatest number of homes?
Authorization was given to this audit to anaylze Kansas Correctional Industries and the rehabilitative aspects of inmate work programs. This audit focused on inmate work programs at the Kansas State Penitentiary.
Performance of the Mined-Land Conservation and Reclamation Board
The purpose of this audit was to answer a number of specific questions asked by the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee concerning the performance of the Board. The committees concerns were prompted by a letter in early March 1983 from the federal Office of Surface Mining to the Governor, which was highly critical of the Board’s regulatory program. Several of the Problenms cited by the OSM were also discussed in a March 1982 performance audit of the Mined-Land Regulatory Program by the Legislative Division of Post Audit.
Examining Selected Areas of the Veterans Commissions Operations
This limited scope performance audit addressed specific questions relating to veterans service representatives job qualificaitons and training, the requirements for Power of attorney in obtaining veterans benefits of Commsiions services, preferential treatment of some veterans who belong to improving the efficiency of the Commissions operations.
Audit of Selected Funds at Kansas State Penitentiary
The purpose of the audit was to answer several legislative questions regarding the use of Inmate Benefit Funds to provide matching moneys in obtaining an outside grant for constructing a cable television system at the prison, the need for additional moneys to complete the project, and the status of construction work on the project.
Special Education of the Gifted and Appeals of Special Education Decisions in the Wichita School District
This audit is regarding the Wichita school district’s special education program. The purpose of the audit was to determine what services the State requires districts to provide for gifted students, what services the Wichita distict provides to gifted students, what concerns parents and teachers have about the gifted program, and how adequate and fair the district’s process is for hearing appeals of special education placement decisions.
The purpose of this audit was to answer several specific questions about the success and status of clean-up efforts at the Furley hazardous waste disposal site, the appropriateness of the Department’s regulatory actions, and the feasibility of reopening the site.
School Districts: Summary Report-School District Performance Audits
This audit summary report deals with the broader implications of the previous school audits. The summary states possible action that might be taken Statewide to address problems that appear to be similar in many districts. Recommendations to the Department of Education include informing districts of investment opportunities that would increase interest earnings and instructing district officials that they are legally authorized to request documentation of income from applicants for free and reduced-price meals. There are several recommendations listed in detail.
Department of Revenue: Driver Control Regulatory Program
The audit shows that a number of administrative practices and procedures prevent the Bureau from identifying and disciplining many “repeat offenders.” These are drivers who could have their licenses suspended under current law for committing three or more traffic violations within one year.When disciplinary actions are taken, their effectivenss is limited. Some problems are outside the Bureau’s control. For example, many drivers simply ignore their license restrictions, and police officers who catch them driving and violating traffic laws during that time seldom charge these drivers with violating their license restrictions as well. The Bureau appears to have the statutory authority to administratively extend these drivers’ license suspensions or revocations, but it has never used this authority.The audit found that the Bureau’s lax monitoring and enforcement efforts for drivers who are placed on probation or required to attend driving clinics has undermined the effectiveness of those remedial actions.
Computer Capacity and Utilization at the Division of Information Systems and Computing
The purpose of the audit was to answer several specific questions asked by a House Ways and Means subcommittee concerning the Division’s current computer capacity and utilization, the feasibility of better utilizing the computers at at nights and on weekends, and the accuracy of projected development hours for new systems.
The Financial Viability of the Smoky Hills Public Television Corporation
The audit conducted a limited scope of the Smoky Hills Public Television Corporation, and answered specific questions regarding the budgeting practices used by KOOD Channel 9 in Bunker Hill, Kansas, the stations ability to generate adequate income to cover expenses, and the amount of original programming generated in the stations studio facility.
In March 1982, the Legislative Post Audit Committee directed the Division to conduct four more school district audits in fiscal year 1983. These audits were to provide a clear picutre of how each district is spending its money and managing its resources and program. In addition, the Committee directed that we place emphasis on special education and transportation programs. This report covers the Kansas City school district, which is located in Wyandotte County. The district has 22,803 full-time equivalent students and voers 59 square miles. In fiscal year 1982, the district had $86.2 illion in available funds and $60.8 million in expenditures. State aid received in fiscal year 1982 accounted for about 42 percent of the district’s available funds, up from 38 percent in fiscal year 1978. Most of the State funding was in the form of equalization aid. The audit makes a number of recommendations that could improve the efficiency of the district’s operations and could save the district money. The audit recommends that the district develop a long-range plan for closing enough elementary schools so that remaining building are fully used. While the district plans to recommend the closing of four schools, the auditors estimated that as many as 10 schools could be closed. For each school closed, the district can save about $100,000; by closing 10 schools it could save as much as $1 million a year in maintenance, utilities, and staffing costs. The audit also recommends that the district reduce its maintenance costs to a level more comparable to other large districts, and consider reducing the number of licensed crafsmen.
In March 1982, the Legislative Post Audit Committee directed the Division to conduct four more school district audits in fiscal year 1983. As with last year’s audits, these audits are to provide as clear a picture as possible of how each district is spending its money and managing its resources and programs. In addition, the Committee directed that the auditors place special emphasis on special education and transportation programs. The report covers the Phillipsburg school district. The district has 770 full-time equivalent students and covers 353 square miles. In fiscal eyar 1982, the district had $3.2 million in available funds and more than $2.3 million in expenditures. State aid received in fiscal year 1982 accounted for about 28 percent of the district’s available funds, up from 20 percent in fiscal year 1978. Most of the State funding was in the form of equalization aid. The audit recommends several areas in which money can be saved. The recommendations with the greatest financial impact deal with the district’s investment practices. We found that by combining some certificates of deposit, by pursuing higher yielding investments for some of the district’s money currently held in 5.25 percent checking accounts, and by obtaining interest on some checking accounts that are currently non-percent increase in interst earnings. Other cost saving recommendations include one directed to the Legislature that it consider amending purchasing statutes to allow Phillipsburg and other school districts to purchase items from regular vendors instead of special industries if districts can decrease their costs by doing so.
The Wamego School District operates four schools--two elementrary schools, one middle school, and one high school. All of them are located in Wamego, a town with a population of about 3,100. During the 1981-82 school year, the district had a full-time equivalent enrollment of 1,007.7 students. Enrollment decreased by 79.9 students from the 1977-1978 school year, but preliminary figures for the 1982-1983 school year showed an increase of 24.8 students. Enrollments are projected to remain stable or increase slightly during the next few years. The district had 124.2 full-time equivalent staff positions during the 1981-82 school year, including 64.8 regular classroom teachers. The teaching staff has increased by about nine percent since 1978. Between fiscal years 1978 and 1982, the funds available to finance the district’s operations rose from $2.1 million to $3.9 million, an increase in 85 percent. This increase is considerably greater than the inflation rate of 45.3 percent during the same period. State aid, local taxes, and balances carried over from the previous year constituted most of the funds available. Local and county taxes, federal aid, and other sources such as reimbursements for school lunches have decreased as a percent of the total funds available, while State support and beginning balances have increased. The district’s expenditures rose at a slower rate during the same period. Expenditures increased 54 percent from fiscal year 1978 to fiscal year 1982, or from about $1.8 million to $2.8 million. Part of the increase can be attributed to a substantial jump in bond and interest expenditures for major construction programs.