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Board of Education of Harford County
102 South Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014

Senate Bill 629 (2009 Session of the Maryland General Assembly), effective July 1, 2009, changes the Board of Education of Harford County from a fully appointed Board to an elected-appointed Board consisting of six elected members and three members appointed by the Governor of the State of Maryland for four-year terms to be phased in over a period of time. For details on Senate Bill 629, visit In addition, there is a student representative to the Board who serves a one-year term while a high school senior. The student is elected by the Harford County Regional Association of Student Councils.

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Office of Internal Audit

The Office of Internal Audit is responsible for assisting the Board of Education of Harford County and Harford County Public Schools by providing objective reviews of operations to confirm efficient and effective use of resources, improve internal controls, and strengthen Harford County Public Schools operations. The main objective is to add transparency and accountability of HCPS, its leaders and employees. The Board of Education of Harford County has established the Office of Internal Audit through the Office of Internal Audit’s Board Policy. Additionally, the Board approved the Office of Internal Audit Charter to define the internal audit activity’s purpose, authority, and responsibility.

Annual Audit Plan

Each year, the Office of Internal Audit submits its risk based annual audit plan to the Board of Education of Harford County for its approval. The Audit Plan communicates the internal audit activity's plans for the year. All significant changes will be communicated to the Board of Education and senior management.

FY2020 Audit Plan

FY2019 Annual Update

FY2019 Audit Plan

FY2018 Annual Update

FY2018 Audit Plan

FY2017 Annual Update

FY2017 Audit Plan

Audit Committee

Organizationally the Office of Internal Audit reports to the Board of Education of Harford County. The Audit Committee is a group of citizens and Board Members who provide additional guidance to the Office of Internal Audit. The Audit Committee serves to promote, maintain, and enhance the independence and objectivity of the internal audit function by ensuring broad audit coverage, adequate consideration of audit reports, and appropriate action on recommendations.


Internal Auditor
Laura J. Tucholski, CPA, CIA, CFE, CRMA

Internal Audit Clerk
Helen Grant


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 the matter can be investigated. You can reach the fraud hotline by telephone, mail or email. All come directly to the Internal Auditor. When contacting the Fraud Hotline, please provide as many details as possible, including who, what, when, why and how. We may want to contact you for additional information. We will take appropriate precautions to keep your report confidential.

Call: Fraud Hotline 410-809-6056


Fraud, Waste or Abuse Reporting Form

Please email the completed form to the Internal Auditor.

Board of Education Contact Information

Teresa Schmid
Board of Education Administrative Assistant
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