Saskatchewan Provincial Auditor Judy Ferguson tabled Volume 1 of her 2016 Report in the provincial legislature Tuesday afternoon.
The auditor looks at all areas of the Government of Saskatchewan including ministries, regional health authorities, school divisions, crown corporations, commissions and benefit plans and funds.
In Volume 1, Ferguson highlights the Prairie Spirit School Division needs more formalized plans and processes to maintain its schools and to keep better documentation. In the report Ferguson notes that Prairie Spirit lacks an overall maintenance plan that identifies its objectives, strategies and priorities over the short, and long term. The school division has identified structural problems in one-third of its 35 schools with repair costs estimated at over $20 million dollars.
Ferguson highlighted the need for increased prevention efforts for invasive species like zebra mussels in the province and a long term strategy needs to be implemented.
Ferguson says the Ministry of Social Services needs to continue work on improving compliance with key child protection standards with the people providing care under the ministry and First Nations. The compliance rate currently is at about 50 per cent.
The North East School Division was recognized for their positive efforts in increasing the reading levels in their division. However Ferguson would like to see periodic evaluation of its tools used to assess students. The province is looking to see 80 per cent of grade three students read at grade level by 2020.
The report was tabled in the Saskatchewan Legislature Tuesday afternoon.