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Croft Wins 8th Straight DOAA Award of Distinction

At the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education on July 11, Vidalia City Schools Chief Financial Officer Norma Croft was presented with her 8th straight Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting.

According to the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts, the Award of Distinction is given annually to organizations that submit quality financial statements and supporting documentation in a timely manner, whose annual financial report is given an unmodified audit opinion, is free of any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses, and complies with all transparency in government requirements. Croft has received the award every year since 2015.

Superintendent Garrett Wilcox commented on the honor. “Ultimately, the Department of Audits is able to recognize folks that they work with every year that – for the most part – get them whatever they need when they need it, and everything is in order,” he said. “I know I have said this before, but the amount of documentation that goes along, especially with the CARES money we didn’t have before and new regulations that are put in place, is a lot. Norma takes it all in stride – it’s not always easy, but she does it, and does it with a smile on her face.”

He emphasized Croft’s work ethic, praising her for continuing to accomplish her normal duties while completing the audit without issues, and for her diligence in completing the many requirements of the audit. “We are very lucky to have her,” Wilcox emphasized.

Board Chairman Julie Torrance also spoke on the occasion. “The Board thanks you, too, Norma. We know that we can trust you with books and everything else. We know that we can come to you with questions and receive quick and accurate answers. We appreciate you,” she remarked.

During the meeting, the Board also agreed to declare a 1985 Ford F-250 Pickup Truck and 1991 Ford E350 Truck (known as the “Band Buggy”) as surplus, making them available for sale. The resignation of Vidalia High School School Nutrition Assistant Jasmine Green was accepted, and two new hires were approved: Belinda Warnock – J.D. Dickerson Primary School Intervention Specialist (49%) and Samuel Collins – J.R. Trippe Middle School Special Education Teacher.

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