CANTON - The Canton Area School Board recently heard some good news about the district's recent audit.

During the last school board meeting, district business manager Mark Jannone gave a report on the audit to the board.

"The supervisor noted that not only was Canton Area School District in compliance in all areas audited, but our child accounting data, which drives the state subsidy that the Canton Area School District receives, was the most accurate out of any district that they have reviewed since the implementation of the Pennsylvania Information Management System in 2008-09," Jannone said, when asked for comment.

Jannone said this was "huge."

According to Jannone, one auditor, and occasionally one supervisor, from the Pennsylvania Auditor General's Office, carried out the audit.

The auditor's office was on site from July 18 through Sept. 13 to conduct the audit.

It was for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years, and was done in order to ensure compliance with the Pennsylvania School Code.

Documents that can be reviewed in an audit include board minutes, certification, vendor information, membership materials, reports, Safe Schools information, subsidy and reimbursement materials, transportation information, and other materials.

District superintendent Matt Gordon and the building principals said the first day of school went well.

"We had an excellent opening of school," Gordon said.

He commended the district's professional staff, administrators, food service workers, custodians, maintenance personnel and paraprofessionals.

He said it went "extremely well."

"This summer, we had a lot of projects, a lot of initiatives, and the potential for having a problem on the opening day of school was huge," he said, noting that the district changed over to whole new software for the student information system.

"It was a large initiative and it worked out very well."

Gordon also noted the new nutrition standards that became effective July 1.

According to a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the new nutrition standards "require the offering of more whole grains and a greater variety of fruits and vegetables to school meals." This concerns the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

"Our food service director has been very busy instituting that change also," Gordon said.

Gordon said that he wanted to cordially invite everyone to the open houses at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the elementary school and high school.

He said district newsletters would be passed out, and information would be available.

"If you can make it that night, please do so," he said.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: