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Authority and Responsibility of the Board of Education and the Superintendent
Collective Bargaining Information
Board of Education Contact Information
Regular meetings of the Board of Education are normally held on the second and fourth
each month (except July and August) at 6:30 p.m. Special meetings may also be held
the year. All meetings are announced in advance in the newspapers or the HCPS web site
other print/electronic media including the Harford Cable Network. Meetings are open to
public unless otherwise announced.
If you wish to appear before the board, please complete a public comment form located at
entrance of the Board room. Comment cards must be completed and placed in the comment
to the start of the Board meeting. Cards will be collected and called in the order
Those who wish to speak after the Board meeting has started, may submit their comments
writing to the Board President at 102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014. Please note
following time restrictions for public comments. Three minutes - Individual. Five
To request disability-related reasonable accommodations, please call (410) 838-7300
voice, 7-1-1 TTY or e-mail Jillian.Lader@hcps.org
at least three days prior to the meeting/event.
Send in your Comments
The Audit Committee’s primary duties and responsibilities as established by the
Committee Charter are to: serve as an independent and objective party to monitor the
District’s financial reporting process and internal controls; review and appraise
efforts of the external auditors, financial and senior management and the Internal
and provide an open avenue of communication among the external auditors, financial
senior management, the Internal Auditor and the Board.
The Office of Internal Audit is responsible for assisting the Board of Education of
County and Harford County Public Schools by providing objective reviews of operations to
efficient and effective use of resources, improve internal controls, and strengthen
County Public Schools operations. The main objective is to add transparency and
of HCPS, its leaders and employees. The Board of Education of Harford County has
Office of Internal Audit through the Office of Internal
Board Policy . Additionally, the Board approved the Office of Internal
the internal audit activity’s purpose, authority, and responsibility.
In July 2019, the Internal Auditor requested its first ever peer review and received the highest rating possible. The review included scrutiny of our internal quality control system to ensure that it is adequately designed and operating effectively. This provides reasonable assurance of compliance with Government Auditing Standards and the organization’s established policies and procedures.
Peer Review Report
2019 ALGA Peer Review
Annual Audit Plan
Each year, the Office of Internal Audit submits its risk based annual audit plan to the
Education of Harford County for its approval. The Audit Plan communicates the internal
activity's plans for the year. All significant changes will be communicated to the Board
Education and senior management.
FY2020 Audit Plan
FY2019 Audit Plan
FY2018 Audit Plan
Organizationally the Office of Internal Audit reports to the Board of Education of
County. The Audit Committee is a
and Board Members who provide additional guidance to the Office of Internal Audit. The
Committee serves to promote, maintain, and enhance the independence and objectivity of
internal audit function by ensuring broad audit coverage, adequate consideration of
reports, and appropriate action on recommendations.
Laura J. Tucholski, CPA, CIA, CFE, CRMA
Internal Audit Clerk
REPORT FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE
The Internal Auditor’s primary objective is to improve Harford County Public Schools’
operations. If you are aware of misuse of HCPS resources, we would like to know so that
matter can be investigated. You can reach the fraud hotline by telephone, mail or email.
come directly to the Internal Auditor. When contacting the Fraud Hotline, please provide
details as possible, including who, what, when, why and how. We may want to contact you
additional information. We will take appropriate precautions to keep your report
Call: Fraud Hotline
Waste or Abuse Reporting
Please email the completed form to the Internal Auditor.