Auditor Faber Announces Qualifiers for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Monday, January 27, 2020

Columbus – A recent financial audits of the following entity by Auditor of State Keith Faber has returned a clean audit report. Their record keeping has qualified them for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

·        Southwestern City School District (Franklin County)

·        Northwest Local School District (Hamilton County)

·        Winton Woods City School District (Hamilton County)

·        Keystone Local School District (Lorain County)

·        Bedford City School District (Cuyahoga County)

·        Shaker Heights City School District (Cuyahoga County)

·        Avon Lake City School District (Lorain County)

·        Elyria City School District (Lorain County)

·        Buckeye Local School District (Medina County)

·        Toledo City School District (Lucas County)

·        Little Miami Local School District (Warren County)

“By their diligent financial record keeping, these school districts have demonstrated their commitment to their students and taxpayers,” Auditor Faber said. “I am honored to give them this award.”  

The Auditor’s Office presents the Auditor of State Award with Distinction to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:

·        The entity must file financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office by the statutory due date, without extension, via the Hinkle System, on a GAAP accounting basis and prepare a CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report);

·        The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Uniform Guidance (Single Audit) findings or questioned costs;

·        The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to:

o   Ethics referrals

o   Questioned costs less than the threshold per the Uniform Guidance

o   Lack of timely report submission

o   Bank reconciliation issues

o   Failure to obtain a timely Single Audit in accordance with Uniform Guidance

o   Findings for recovery less than $500

o   Public meetings or public records issues

·        The entity has no other financial or other concerns

Full copies of these reports are available online.


The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio is responsible for auditing more than 6,000 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Keith Faber, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies, and promotes transparency in government.


Allie Dumski

Press Secretary