The State Department of Education, Tuesday night, recognized the Northwestern Lehigh School District for its pristine financial books.

Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq lauded the district in a letter read into the record by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Anne Wright. The letter stated that the Auditor General's office had no findings or observations for the fiscal years ending June 2009 and June 2010.

The state's Bureau of School Audits examines the records of school districts, intermediate units, and area vocational-technical schools. Auditors establish whether school districts received the state subsidies and reimbursements to which they were entitled, and whether state laws and regulations were followed. They also determine whether teachers and administrators are properly certified for the positions they hold.

In related fiscal business, the board voted unanimously to approve an $11 million bond refinancing that replaces general obligation bonds purchased in 2008. The board and its financial advisors will wait until market conditions are favorable. The bonds will be sold privately.

Elsewhere, school directors voted to make minor changes to the district's policy concerning child abuse.

The first clause of the new policy states that in accordance with school code requirements, the Superintendent of Schools shall develop and implement mandatory training on child abuse recognition and reporting for all employees having direct contact with children.

"We've had that policy on the books for a long time," Wright said. "We revise them to keep them current with changing laws and regulations. We made a few changes to comply with new laws."