Fairfax County Public Schools hires new auditor

The Fairfax County School Board has hired a new audit manager tasked with helping the school system become more efficient with its $2.5 billion budget.

On Thursday night, School Board Chair Ilryong Moon (At Large) announced that Chris Horton will serve as the audit manager within the office of internal audit.

“His addition to the staff of the audit office will enable the School Board to expand our efforts to improve services and save tax dollars,” Moon said in a statement.

The internal audit office is responsible for analyzing school operations and efficiency “through independent and objective analyses and evaluations,” reporting directly to the School Board’s audit committee, according to an FCPS statement.

Moon said that creating the new audit manager position was in response to a long-held request by Fairfax County supervisors, who approve the school system budget annually.

In February, a bill offered in the Virginia House of Delegates called on the Fairfax County School Board to establish a more independent auditing function akin to an inspector general, although the bill failed to garner support. Supervisors have said in the past that the School Board could expect more local funding if an independent auditor were overseeing how local tax dollars are being used in schools.

Horton’s hiring marks the first of a series of changes to the schools’ auditing office. He previously served as the internal audit supervisor for the city of Denver and before that was a senior performance auditor in the Arizona office of the auditor general.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.
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