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Operational Audit of the Town of Easton and Easton Public Schools

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[Updated May 2, 2017]
On September 26, 2016, the Board of Selectmen awarded a contract for an operational audit of the Town of Easton and Easton Public Schools to the Abrahams Group. Beginning the week of March 27, 2017, individual sections of the audit will be published on this page once they are available. Following six months of data collection and document review, and spanning ten sections in all, this audit will culminate with public presentations of the findings to the Board of Selectmen during the month of April and May. In order to provide the public with sufficient time to review and digest each of these sections prior to the public presentations, they will be uploaded to this page as they become available. Following the publication of all ten sections, the documents will be combined into a single, comprehensive report. Click below to access available sections.

The dates of the public presentations of the audit are as follows:

Monday, April 24, 2017, 7:30 PM: Project Overview, Section 2 and Section 10
Frothingham Hall, 15 Barrows Street, Easton, MA 02356
PowerPoint Presentation by The Abrahams Group presented to the Selectmen on April 24, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 6:00 PM: Sections 3-5, 8, and 9
Richardson Olmstead Cafeteria, 101 Lothrop Street, Easton, MA 02356
PowerPoint Presentation by The Abrahams Group presented to the Selectmen on April 26, 2017

June 5: Section 6,7. 

If you have any questions, please contact Connor Read at cread@easton.ma.us or at 508-230-0510.

Operational Audit of the Town of Easton and Easton Public Schools

Section 1: Executive Summary (published April 24, 2017)

Section 2: Benchmarking (published March 31, 2017)

Section 3: Staffing (published March 31, 2017)

Section 4: Compensation (published April 21, 2017)

Section 5: Benefits (published April 21, 2017)

Section 6: Police Department (published April 10, 2017)

Section 7: Fire and Rescue Department (published April 24, 2017)

Section 8: Fees (published April 24, 2017)

Section 9: Other Services (Professional Development, Transportation, Facilities, Food Services, and Information Technologies)

Section 10: Economic Development (published April 10, 2017)


Operational Audit: Background and History


[Updated January 6, 2017] 
In November of 2015, Special Town Meeting voted to appropriate the sum of $70,000 for the purposes of funding an operational audit of the Town of Easton and Easton Public Schools. Development of the scope of work for this audit was delegated to the Audit Committee. The Committee produced a final scope for approval by the Selectmen in June of 2016. In July, a request for proposals was issued and responses were received in August. In September, a review committee consisting of members of the Audit Committee, a School Committee representative, the Assistant Town Administrator, and the Town Accountant recommended the most advantageous proposal to Town Administrator and Chief Procurement Officer David Colton, who in turn recommended award of the contract to the Board of Selectmen. On September 26, 2016, the Selectmen awarded the contract for this operational audit in the amount of $69,000 to The Abrahams Group from Framingham, MA. Work on the operational audit began in October 2016 and is ongoing. Documents pertinent to the operational audit are available herein:

Contract between Town of Easton and The Abrahams Group, executed on September 26, 2016
Non-Price Proposal submitted by The Abrahams Group 
Progress Report submitted by the Abrahams Group (December 2016)