700 PURPOSE OF NON-INSTRUCTIONAL AND BUSINESS SERVICES

Code No.  700

 

PURPOSE OF NON-INSTRUCTIONAL AND BUSINESS SERVICES

 

This series of the board policy manual is devoted to the goals and objectives for the school district's non-instructional services and business operations that assist in the delivery of the education program.  These non-instructional services include, but are not limited to, transportation and the school lunch program.  The board, as it deems necessary, will provide additional non-instructional services to support the education program.

 

It shall be the goal of the board to provide non-instructional services and to conduct its business operation in an efficient manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved          8/23/94                              Reviewed          12/08/07; 9/17/01; 9/18/06; 9/14/11; 9/13/16                              Revised

 

 

 

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701 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING SYSTEM

701.1 DEPOSITORY OF FUNDS

Code No.  701.1

 

 

DEPOSITORY OF FUNDS

 

 

Each year at its annual meeting, the board shall designate by resolution the name and location of the financial depository institution or institutions to serve as the official school district depository or depositories.  The maximum deposit amount to be kept in the depository shall be stated in the resolution.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the board secretary to include the resolution in the minutes of the meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 12C; 279.33 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:        210.1 Annual Meeting

                                    206.3 Secretary-Treasurer

                                    704    Revenue

 

 

 

 

Approved        08/23/94          Reviewed         12/08/07; 9/17/01; 9/18/06;9/14/11; 9/13/16          Revised            

                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

701.2 TRANSFER OF FUNDS

Code No.  701.2

 

 

TRANSFER OF FUNDS

 

 

The board may loan monies between accounts as it deems necessary.  The board shall exercise this authority judiciously.

 

A loan from one account to the other will be at a rate of interest to be determined by the board.  The period of the loan shall be for a reasonable period and no longer than one year from the beginning date of the loan unless the board determines otherwise.

 

When the necessity for an account has ceased to exist, the balance may be transferred to another fund by resolution of the board.  Only monies that were received for use without a designated purpose may be transferred in this manner.  Funds received for a specific use or upon vote of the people shall only be used for the purpose designated.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the board secretary to make recommendations to the board regarding loans and transfers and to provide supporting evidence for the transfer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 24.21-.22; 279.8; 291.13 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:         703 Budget

 

 

 

 

 

Approved        08/23/94          Reviewed         12/08/97; 9/17/01; 9/18/06; 9/14/11; 9/13/16          Revised            

                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

701.3 FINANCIAL RECORDS

Policy 701.3 FINANCIAL RECORDS

Financial records of the school district are maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as required or modified by law. School district monies are received and expended from the appropriate fund and/or account. The funds and accounts of the school district will include, but not be limited to:

Governmental fund type:

  • General fund
  • Special revenue fund
    • Management Levy fund
    • Public Education and Recreation Levy fund (PERL)
    • Student activity fund
  • Capital projects fund
    • Physical Plant and Equipment Levy fund (PPEL)
    • Secure and Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE)
  • Debt service fund

Proprietary fund type:

  • Enterprise fund
    • School nutrition fund
    • Child care fund
  • Internal service fund

Fiduciary funds:

  • Trust
    • Expendable trust funds
    • Nonexpendable trust funds
    • Pension trust funds
  • Agency Funds

Account groups:

  • General capital assets account group
  • General long-term debt account group

The general fund is used primarily for the education program. Special revenue funds are used to account for monies restricted to a specific use by law. Capital projects funds are used to account for financial resources to acquire or construct major capital facilities (other than those of proprietary funds and trust funds) and to account for revenues from SAVE. A debt service fund is used to account for the accumulation of resources for, and the payment of, general long-term debt principal and interest. Proprietary funds account for operations of the school district operated similar to private business, or they account for the costs of providing goods and services provided by one department to other departments on a cost reimbursement basis. Fiduciary funds are used to account for monies or assets held by the school district on behalf of, or in trust for, another entity. The account groups are the accounting records for capital assets and long-term debt.

The board may establish other funds in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and may certify other taxes to be levied for the funds as provided by state law. The status of each fund must be included in the annual report.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to implement this policy and bring necessary changes in the maintenance of the school district's financial records to the attention of the board.

  

 

Legal Reference:

 

Iowa Code §§291; 298; 298A.

281 I.A.C. 98

Cross Reference:

704 Revenue

705 Expenditures

   

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701.4 GOVERNMENTAL ACCOUNTING PRACTICES AND REGULATIONS

Code No.  701.4

 

 

GOVERNMENTAL ACCOUNTING PRACTICES AND REGULATIONS

 

 

School district accounting practices will follow state and federal laws and regulations, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the uniform financial accounting system provided by the Iowa Department of Education. As advised by the school district’s auditor, determination of liabilities and assets, prioritization of expenditures of governmental funds and provisions for accounting disclosures shall be made in accordance with governmental accounting standards.

 

In Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement No. 54, the board identifies the order of spending unrestricted resources applying the highest level of classification of fund balance – restricted, committed, assigned, and unassigned – while honoring constraints on the specific purposes for which amounts in those fund balances can be spent. A formal board action is required to establish, modify, and or rescind a committed fund balance. The resolution will state the exact dollar amount. In the event, the board chooses to make changes or rescind the committed fund balance, formal board action is required.

 

The board authorizes the Superintendent to assign amounts to a specific purpose in compliance with GASB 54. An ‘assigned fund balance’ should also be reported in the order of spending unrestricted resources, but it is not restricted or committed.

 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations implementing this policy. It is also the responsibility of the superintendent to make recommendations to the board regarding fund balance regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code § 257.31(4); 279.8; 297.22-25;298A (2011).

 

 

Cross Reference:        701.3   Financial Records

                                    703      Budget

                                    704      Revenue

 

 

 

 

Approved        07/13./11          Reviewed         09/14/11; 9/13/16          Revised            

                                                                                 

                                                                       

                                                                       

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

702 CASH IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS

Code No.  702

 

 

CASH IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS

 

 

Cash is required to be on hand for day-to-day operations of the school district.  The amount of cash that may be kept in the school building for any one day shall be sufficient for that day's operations.  Funds raised by students shall be kept in the central administration office.

 

A minimal amount of cash shall be kept in the central administration office at the close of the day.  Excess cash shall be deposited in the authorized depository of the school district.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to determine the amount of cash necessary for each day's operations and to comply with this policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code § 279.8 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:        701.1 Depository of Funds

                                    704    Revenue

 

 

 

Approved        08/23/94          Reviewed         12/08/97; 9/17/01; 9/18/06; 9/14/11; 9/13/16          Revised               

                                                            

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

703 BUDGET

703.1 BUDGET PLANNING

Code No.  703.1

 

BUDGET PLANNING

 

Prior to certification of the budget, the board will review the projected revenues and expenditures for the school district and make adjustments where necessary to carry out the education program within the revenues projected.

 

A budget for the school district shall be prepared annually for the board's review.  The budget shall include the following:

 

            *          the amount of revenues from sources other than taxation;

 

            *          the amount of revenues to be raised by taxation;

 

            *          an itemization of the amount to be spent in each fund; and,

 

*          a comparison of the amount spent in each fund for like purposes in the two prior fiscal years.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the board secretary in conjunction with the superintendent to prepare the budget for review by the board prior to the April 15 deadline each year.

 

Prior to the adoption of the proposed budget by the board, the public shall be apprised of the proposed budget for the school district.  Prior to the adoption of the proposed budget by the board, members of the school district community shall have an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed budget.  A public hearing for the proposed budget of the board shall be held each year in sufficient time to file the adopted budget no later than April 15.

 

The proposed budget filed by the board with the board secretary and the time and place for the public hearing on the proposed budget shall be published in a newspaper designated for official publication in the school district.  It shall be the responsibility of the board secretary to publish the proposed budget and public hearing information at least ten days prior to the public hearing.

 

The board shall adopt and certify a budget for the operation of the school district to the county auditor by April 15.  It shall be the responsibility of the board secretary to file the adopted and certified budget with the county auditor and other proper authorities.

 

The board may amend the budget for the fiscal year in the event of unforeseen circumstances.  The amendment procedures shall follow the procedures for community review and adoption of the original budget by the board outlined in these policies.

 

 

 

Approved        08/23/94          Reviewed         12/08/97; 10/08/01; 9/18/06; 9/14/11; 9/13/16          Revised               

                                                    

           

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                                                                        Code No.  703.1

 

BUDGET PLANNING

 

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent and the board secretary to bring any budget amendments necessary to the attention of the board to allow sufficient time to file the amendment with the county auditor no later than May 31 of each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 24; 257; 279.8; 297; 298; 618 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:        214 Public Hearing

                                    703 Budget

                                    704 Revenue

                                    705 Expenditures

 

 

 

 

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703.2 SPENDING PLAN

Code No.  703.2

 

 

SPENDING PLAN

 

 

The budget of the school district shall be the authority for the expenditures of the school district for the fiscal year for which the budget was adopted and certified.  Expenditure of revenues in excess of the projected revenues shall be made only upon amendment of the budget.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to operate the school district within the budget.  The superintendent shall report monthly to the board on the status of the spending plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code § 24.9 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:         703 Budget

                                    704 Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved        08/23/94          Reviewed         12/08/97; 10/08/01; 9/18/06; 9/14/11; 9/13/16                  Revised               

                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

704 REVENUE

704.1 LOCAL--STATE--FEDERAL--MISCELLANEOUS REVENUE

Code No.  704.1

 

LOCAL - STATE - FEDERAL - MISCELLANEOUS REVENUE

 

Revenues of the school district shall be received by the board treasurer.  Other persons receiving revenues on behalf of the school district shall promptly place them in the hands of the board treasurer.

 

Revenue, from whatever source, shall be accounted for and classified under the official accounting system of the school district.  It shall be the responsibility of the board treasurer to deposit the revenues received by the school district in a timely manner.  School district funds from all sources shall not be used for private gain or political purposes.

 

Tuition fees received by the school district shall be deposited in the general fund.  The tuition fees for kindergarten through twelfth grade during the regular academic school year shall be set by the board based upon the superintendent's recommendation in compliance with current law.  Tuition fees for summer school and adult education shall be set by the board prior to the offering of the programs.

 

The board may charge students fees for the use or purchase of educational materials.  Materials fees received by the school district shall be deposited in the general fund.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to recommend to the board when materials fees will be charged and the amount of the materials fees.

 

Rental fees received by the school district for the rental of school district equipment or facilities shall be deposited in the general fund.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to recommend to the board a fee schedule for renting school district property.

 

Proceeds from the sale of real property shall be placed in the schoolhouse fund.  The proceeds from the sale of other school district property shall be placed in the general fund.

 

The board may claim exemption from the law prohibiting competition with private enterprise from the following activities:

            *          Goods and services directly and reasonably related to the educational mission;

*          Goods and services offered only to students, employees or guests which cannot be provided by private enterprise at the same or lower cost;

*          Use of vehicles for charter trips offered to the public, full- or part-time, or temporary students;

*          Goods and services which are not otherwise available in the quantity or quality required by the school district;

 

 

 

Approved        8/23/94                        Reviewed         12/08/07; 10/08/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16          Revised                                       

                                                                      

 

 

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                                                                        Code No.  704.1

 

 

LOCAL - STATE - FEDERAL - MISCELLANEOUS REVENUE

 

 

            *          Telecommunications other than radio or television stations;

            *          Sponsoring or providing facilities for fitness and recreation;

            *          Food service and sales; and,

            *          Sale of books, records, tapes, software, educational equipment, and supplies.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to bring to the board's attention additional sources of revenue for the school district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 12C; 23A; 257.2; 279.8; 282.2, .6, .24; 291.12, .13; 297.9-.12, .22; 301.1 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:         701.1 Depository of Funds

                                     803    Selling and Leasing

                                     905    Use of School District Facilities & Equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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704.2 DEBT MANAGEMENT POLICY

Code No. 704.2

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DEBT MANAGEMENT POLICY

 

DEBT LIMITS

Credit Ratings

The school district seeks to maintain the highest possible credit ratings for all categories of short- and long-term debt that can be achieved without compromising the delivery of services and the achievement of adopted objectives.  The school district recognizes that external economic, natural, or other events may from time to time affect the creditworthiness of its debt. Nevertheless, the school district is committed to ensuring that actions within their control are prudent.

 

Debt Limits

For general obligation debt, the school district’s outstanding debt limit shall be no more than five percent (5%) of the actual value of property within the school district’s boundaries, as prescribed the Iowa constitution and statutory restrictions.

 

For revenue debt, the school district’s goal is to provide adequate debt service coverage of at least 1.20 times the annual debt service costs.

 

In accordance with Iowa law, the school district may not act as a conduit issuer or issue municipal securities to raise capital for revenue-generating projects where the funds generated are used by a third party (“conduit borrower”) to make payments to investors.

 

PURPOSES AND USES OF DEBT

Capital Planning

To enhance creditworthiness and prudent financial management, the school district is committed to systematic capital planning, intergovernmental cooperation and coordination and long-term financial planning.

 

Capital Financing

The school district may issue long-term debt for capital projects as authorized by Iowa law, which include, but are not limited to, the costs of planning, design, land acquisition, buildings, permanent structures, attached fixtures or equipment, and movable pieces of equipment. Capitalized interest may be included in sizing any capital project debt issue.  The types of debt instruments to be used by the school district include:

 

  • General Obligation Bonds
  • General Obligation Capital Loan Notes
  • Bond Anticipation Notes
  • Revenue Anticipation Notes
  • School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Bonds
  • Lease Purchase Agreements, including Certificates of Participation

 

Working Capital Financing

The school district may issue debt for working capital for operations after cash flow analysis has determined that there is a mismatch between available cash and cash outflows.  The school district shall strive to repay working capital debt by the end of the fiscal year in which the debt was incurred.  A Working Capital Reserve may be included in sizing any working capital debt issue.

 

Approved     08/23/94                         Reviewed    12/08/97; 10/08/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16                           Revised    03/10/08; 6/13/13

                                                                         

 

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DEBT MANAGEMENT POLICY

 

Refundings

Periodic reviews of all outstanding debt will be undertaken to determine if refunding opportunities exist. Refunding will be considered (within federal tax law restraints) if and when there is a net economic benefit of the refunding or if the refunding is otherwise in the best interests of the school district, such as to release restrictive bond covenants which affect the operations and management of the school district.

 

In general, advance refundings for economic savings will be undertaken when a net present value savings exceeds three percent of the refunded debt can be achieved.  Current refundings, which produce a new present value savings of less than three percent will be considered on a case by case basis taking into consideration bond covenants and general conditions.  Refundings with negative savings will not be considered unless there is a compelling public policy objective for doing so.

 

DEBT STANDARDS AND STRUCTURE

Length of Debt

Debt will be structured for the shortest period consistent with a fair allocation of costs to current and future beneficiaries or users.  Long-term debt will not be issued for periods exceeding the useful life or average useful lives of the project or projects to be financed.  All debt issued will adhere to state and federal law regarding the length of time the debt may be outstanding.

 

Debt Structure

Debt will be structured to achieve the lowest possible net cost to the school district given market conditions, the urgency of the capital project, the type of debt being issued, and the nature and type of repayment source.  To the extent possible, the school district will design the repayment of its overall debt to rapidly recapture its credit capacity for future use.

 

Generally, the school district will only issue fixed-rate debt.  In very limited circumstances, the school district may issue variable rate debt, consistent with the limitations of Iowa law and upon a finding of the board that the use of fixed rate debt is not in the best interest of the school district and a statement of the reasons for the use of variable rate debt.

 

All debt may be structured using discount, par or premium coupons, and as serial or term bonds or notes, or any combination thereof, consistent with Iowa law.  The school district should utilize the coupon structure that produces the lowest True Interest Cost (TIC) taking into consideration the call option value of any callable maturities.

 

The school district will strive to structure their debt in sinking fund installments for each debt issue that achieves, as nearly as practicable, level debt service within an issue or overall debt service within a particular classification of debt.

 

Derivatives (including, but not limited to, interest rate swaps, caps, collars, corridors, ceiling and floor agreements, forward agreements, float agreements, or other similar financing arrangements), zero-coupon or capital appreciation bonds are not allowed to be issued consistent with State law.

 

Decision Analysis to Issue Debt

Whenever the school district is contemplating the issuance of debt, information will be developed concerning the following four categories commonly used by rating agencies assessing the school district’s credit worthiness, listed below.

 

Debt Analysis – Debt capacity analysis; purpose for which debt is proposed to be issued; debt structure; debt burden; debt history and trends; and adequacy of debt and capital planning.

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DEBT MANAGEMENT POLICY

 

 

Financial Analysis – Stability, diversity, and growth rates of tax or other revenue sources; trend in assessed valuation and collections; current budget trends; appraisal of past revenue and expenditure trends; history and long-term trends of revenues and expenditures; evidences of financial planning; adherence to GAAP; audit results; fund balance status and trends in operating and debt funds; financial monitoring systems and capabilities; and cash flow projections.

 

Governmental and Administrative Analysis – Government organization structure; location of financial responsibilities and degree of control; adequacy of basic service provision; intergovernmental cooperation/conflict and extent of duplication; and overall planning efforts.

 

Economic Analysis – Geographic and location advantages; population and demographic characteristics; wealth indicators; types of employment, industry and occupation; housing characteristics; new construction; evidences of industrial decline; and trend of the economy.

 

DEBT ISSUANCE

Credit Enhancement

Credit enhancements (.i.e., bond insurance, etc.) may be used but only when the net debt service on the debt is reduced by more than the costs of the credit enhancement.

 

Costs and Fees

All costs and fees related to issuing the debt will be paid out of debt proceeds and allocated across all projects receiving proceeds of the debt issue.

 

Method of Sale

Generally, all school district debt will be sold through a competitive bidding process.  Bids will be awarded on a TIC basis providing other bidding requirements are satisfied.

 

The school district may sell debt using a negotiated process in extraordinary circumstances when the complexity of the issue requires specialized expertise, when the negotiated sale would result in substantial savings in time or money, or when market conditions of school district credit are unusually volatile or uncertain.

 

Professional Service Providers

The school district will retain external bond counsel for all debt issues.  All debt issued by the school district will include a written opinion by bond counsel affirming that the school district is authorized to issue the debt, stating that the school district has met all Iowa constitutional and statutory requirements necessary for issuance and determining the debt’s federal income tax status.  The bond counsel retained must have comprehensive municipal debt experience and a thorough understanding of Iowa law as it relates to the issuance of the particular debt.

 

The school district will retain an independent financial advisor.  The financial advisor will be responsible for structuring and preparing all offering documents for each debt issue.  The financial advisor retained will have comprehensive municipal debt experience, experience with diverse financial structuring and pricing of municipal securities.

 

The treasurer shall have the authority to periodically select other service providers (e.g., escrow agents, verification agents, trustees, arbitrage consultants, rebate specialist, etc.) as necessary to meet legal requirements and minimize net debt costs.  These services can include debt restructuring services and security or escrow purchases.

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DEBT MANAGEMENT POLICY

 

 

Compensation for bond counsel, financial advisor and other service providers will be as economical as possible and consistent with industry standards for the desired qualification levels.

 

DEBT MANAGEMENT

Investment of Debt Proceeds

The school district shall invest all proceeds received from the issuance of debt separate from the school district’s consolidated cash pool unless otherwise specified by the authorizing bond resolution or trust indenture.  Investments will be consistent with those authorized by Iowa law and the school district’s Investment Policy to maintain safety of principal and liquidity of the funds.

 

Arbitrage and Record Keeping Compliance

The treasurer shall maintain a system of record keeping reporting and compliance procedures with respect to all federal tax requirements which are currently, or may become applicable through the lifetime of all tax-exempt or tax credit bonds.

 

Federal tax compliance, record-keeping reporting and compliance procedures shall include not shall not be limited to:

1)      post-issuance compliance procedures (including proper use of proceeds, timely expenditure of proceeds, proper use of bond financed property, yield restriction and rebate, and timely return filing);

2)      proper maintenance of records to support federal tax compliance;

3)      investments and arbitrage compliance;

4)      expenditures and assets;

5)      private business use; and

6)      designation of primary responsibilities for federal tax compliance of all bond financings.

 

Financial Disclosure

The school district is committed to full and complete financial disclosure, and to cooperating fully with rating agencies, institutional and individual investors, other levels of government, and the general public to share comprehensible and accurate financial information.  The school district is dedicated to meeting secondary disclosure requirements on a timely and comprehensive basis, as promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

The Official Statements accompanying debt issues, Annual Audits, and Continuing Disclosure statements will meet the standards articulated  by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB), the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The treasurer shall be responsible for ongoing debt disclosure as required by any Continuing Disclosure Certificate for any debt issue and for maintain compliance with disclosure standards promulgated by state and federal regulatory bodies.

 

 

 

Legal Reference           Iowa Code §§ 74-76; 278.1; 298; 298A (2013).

 

 

Cross Reference:         701      Financial Accounting System

                                    704      Revenue

 

 

704.2R1 POST-ISSUANCE COMPLIANCE REGULATION FOR TAX-EXEMPT OBLIGATIONS

Code No. 704.2R1

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POST-ISSUANCE COMPLIANCE REGULATION FOR TAX-EXEMPT OBLIGATIONS

                       

 

1.   Role of Compliance Coordinator/Board Treasurer

 

      The board treasurer shall: 

a)      Be responsible for monitoring post-issuance compliance;

b)      Maintain a copy of the transcript of proceedings or minutes in connection with the issuance of any tax-exempt obligations and obtain records that are necessary to meet the requirements of this regulation;

c)      Consult with bond counsel, a rebate consultant, financial advisor, IRS publications and such other resources as are, necessary to understand and meet the requirements of this regulation;

d)      Seek out training and education to be implemented upon the occurrence of new developments in the area and upon the hiring of new personnel to implement this regulation.

 

2.  Financing Transcripts’ Filing and Retention

 

      The board treasurer shall confirm the proper filing of an IRS 8038 Series return and maintain a transcript of proceedings and minutes for all tax-exempt obligations issued by the school district including but not limited to all tax-exempt bonds, notes and lease-purchase contracts. Each transcript shall be maintained until 11 years after the tax-exempt obligation documents have been retired. The transcript shall include, at a minimum:

a)      Form 8038;

b)      Minutes, resolutions, and certificates;

c)      Certifications of issue price from the underwriter;

d)      Formal elections required by the IRS;

e)      Trustee statements;

f)      Records of refunded bonds, if applicable;

g)      Correspondence relating to bond financings; and

h)      Reports of any IRS examinations for bond financings.

 

3.  Proper Use of Proceeds

     The board treasurer shall review the resolution authorizing issuance for each tax-exempt obligation issued by the school district, and the school district shall:

 

a)      Obtain a computation of the yield on such issue from the school district's financial advisor;

b)      Create a separate Project Fund (with as many sub-funds as shall be necessary to allocate proceeds among the projects being funded by the issue) into which the proceeds of issue shall be deposited;

c)      Review all requisitions, draw schedules, draw requests, invoices and bills requesting payment from the Project Fund;

d)      Determine whether payment from the Project Fund is appropriate and, if so, make payment from the Project Fund (and appropriate sub-fund if applicable);

            e)      Maintain records of the payment requests and corresponding records showing payment;

 

 

 

Approved  03/14/12                            Reviewed  10/11/16                             Revised

 

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POST-ISSUANCE COMPLIANCE REGULATION FOR TAX-EXEMPT OBLIGATIONS

 

                       

f)      Maintain records showing the earnings on, and investment of, the Project Fund;

g)      Ensure that all investments acquired with proceeds are purchased at fair market value;

h)      Identify bond proceeds or applicable debt service allocations that must be invested with a yield-restriction and monitor the· investments of any yield-restricted funds to ensure that the yield on such investments do not exceed the yield to which such investments are restricted;

i)       Maintain records related to any investment contracts, credit enhancement transactions, and the bidding of financial products related to the proceeds.

 

4.  Timely Expenditure and Arbitrage/Rebate Compliance

 

      The board treasurer shall review the Tax-Exemption Certificate (or equivalent) for each tax-exempt obligation issued by the school district and the expenditure records provided in Section 2 of this regulation, above, and shall:

a)      Monitor and ensure that proceeds of each such issue are spent within the temporary period set forth in such certificate;

b)      Monitor and ensure that the proceeds are spent in accordance with one or more of the applicable exceptions to rebate as set forth in such certificate if the school district does not meet the "small  issuer" exception for said obligation;

c)      Not less than 60 days prior to a required expenditure date confer with bond counsel and a rebate consultant if the school district will fail to meet the applicable temporary period or rebate exception expenditure requirements of the Tax-Exemption Certificate.  In the event the school district fails to meet a temporary period or rebate exception:

1.   Procure a timely computation of any rebate liability and, if rebate is due, file a Form 8038-T and arrange for payment of such rebate liability;

2.   Arrange for timely computation and payment of yield reduction payments" (as such term is defined in the Code and Treasury Regulations), if applicable.

 

5.  Proper Use of Bond Financed Assets

 

      The board treasurer shall:

a)      Maintain appropriate records and a list of all bond financed assets.  Such records shall include the actual amount of proceeds (including investment earnings) spent on each of the bond financed assets;

b)      Monitor and confer with bond counsel with respect to all proposed bond financed assets;

i.    management contracts;

ii.   service agreements;

iii. research contracts;

iv. naming rights;

v.   contracts;

vi. leases or sub-leases;

vii. joint venture, limited liability or partnership arrangements;

vi. sale of property; or

ix. any other change in use of such asset.

 

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c)      Maintain a copy of the proposed agreement, contract, lease or arrangement, together with the response by bond counsel with respect to said proposal for at least three years after retirement of all tax-exempt obligations issued to fund all or any portion of bond financed assets; and

d)      Shall contact bond counsel and ensure timely remedial action under IRS Regulation Sections 1.141-12 in the event the school district takes an action with respect to a bond financed asset, which causes the private business tests or private loan financing test to be met.

 

6.  General Project Records

     

      For each project financed with tax-exempt obligations, the board treasurer shall maintain, until three years after retirement of the tax-exempt obligations or obligations issued to refund those obligations, the following:

a)      Appraisals, demand surveys or feasibility studies;

b)      Applications, approvals and other documentation of grants;

c)      Depreciation schedules;

d)      Contracts respecting the project.

 

7.   Advance Refundings

 

      The board treasurer shall be responsible for the following current, post issuance and record retention procedures with respect to advance refunding bonds.  The board treasurer shall:

a)      Identify and select bonds to be advance refunded with advice from internal financial personnel, and a financial advisor;

b)      Identify, with advice from the financial advisor and bond counsel, any possible federal tax compliance issues prior to structuring any advance refunding;

c)      Review the structure with the input of the financial advisor and bond counsel, of advance refunding issues prior to the issuance to ensure (i) that the proposed refunding is permitted pursuant to applicable federal tax requirements if there has been a prior refunding of the original bond issue; (ii) that the proposed issuance complies with federal income tax requirements which might impose restrictions on the redemption date of the refunded bonds; (iii) that the proposed issuance complies with federal income tax requirements which allow for the proceeds and replacement proceeds of an issue to be invested temporarily in higher yielding investments without causing the advance refunding bonds to become "arbitrage bonds"; and (iv) that the proposed issuance will not result in the issuer's exploitation of the difference between tax exempt and taxable interest rates to obtain an financial advantage nor overburden the tax exempt market in a way that might be considered an abusive transaction for federal tax purposes;

d)      Collect and review data related to arbitrage yield restriction and rebate requirements for advance refunding bonds. To ensure such compliance, the board treasurer shall engage a rebate consultant to prepare a verification report in connection with the advance refunding issuance. Said report shall ensure said requirements are satisfied;

e)      Whenever possible, purchase State and Local Government Series (SLGS) to size each advance refunding escrow. The financial advisor shall be included in the process of subscribing SLGS. To the extent SLGS are not available for purchase, the Board treasurer shall, in consultation with bond counsel and the financial advisor, comply with IRS regulations;

704.3 INVESTMENTS

Code No.  704.3

                                                                       

 

INVESTMENTS

 

School district funds in excess of current needs shall be invested in compliance with this policy.  The goals of the school district's investment portfolio in order of priority are

 

            *          To provide safety of the principal;

            *          To maintain the necessary liquidity to match expected liabilities; and

            *          To obtain a reasonable rate of return.

 

In making investments, the school district shall exercise the care, skill, prudence and diligence under the circumstances then prevailing that a prudent person acting in a like capacity and familiar with such matters would use to meet the goals of the investment program.

 

School district funds are monies of the school district, including operating funds.  "Operating funds" of the school district are funds which are reasonably expected to be used during a current budget year or within fifteen months of receipt.  When investing operating funds, the investments must mature within three hundred and ninety-seven days or less.  When investing funds other than operating funds, the investments must mature according to the need for the funds.

 

The board authorizes the treasurer to invest funds in excess of current needs in the following investments.

 

*          Interest bearing savings, money market, and checking accounts at the school district's authorized depositories;

 

            *          Iowa Schools Joint Investment Trust Program (ISJIT);

 

            *          Obligations of the United States government, its agencies and instrumentalities;

 

*          Certificates of deposit and other evidences of deposit at federally insured Iowa depository institutions;

 

*          Repurchase agreements in which underlying collateral consists of investments in government securities.  The school district must take delivery of the collateral either directly or through an authorized custodian.  Repurchase agreements do not include reverse repurchase agreements;

 

 

 

 

 

Approved        8/23/94                        Reviewed         12/08/97; 10/08/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16                Revised            

                                                       

 

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                                                                        Code No.  704.3

                                                                       

 

INVESTMENTS

 

 

*          Prime bankers' acceptances that mature within two hundred seventy days and that are eligible for purchase by a federal reserve bank.  At the time of purchase no more than ten percent of the investment portfolio can be in these investments and no more than five percent of the investment portfolio can be invested in the securities of a single issuer;

 

*          Commercial paper or other short-term corporate debt that matures within two hundred seventy days and that is rated within the two highest classifications, as established by at least one of the standard rating services, with no more than five percent at the time of purchase placed in the second highest classification.  At the time of purchase no more than ten percent of the investment portfolio can be in these investments and no more than five percent of the investment portfolio can be invested in the securities of a single issuer; and,

 

*          An open-end management investment company registered with the federal securities exchange commission and commonly referred to as a money market mutual fund.  The money market mutual fund shall use only the investments individually authorized by law for school districts.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the treasurer to oversee the investment portfolio in compliance with this policy and the law.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the treasurer to bring a contract with an outside person to invest school district funds, to advise on investments, to direct investments, to act in a fiduciary capacity or to perform other services to the board for review and approval.  The treasurer shall also provide the board with information about and verification of the outside person's fiduciary bond.  Contracts with outside persons shall include a clause requiring the outside person to notify the school district within thirty days of any material weakness in internal structure or regulatory orders or sanctions against the outside person regarding the services being provided to the school district and to provide the documents necessary for the performance of the investment portion of school district audit.  Contracts with outside persons shall not be based on the performance of the investment portfolio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                                                                        Code No.  704.3

                                                                       

 

INVESTMENTS

 

 

The treasurer shall be responsible for reporting to and reviewing with the board at its regular meetings the investment portfolio's performance, transaction activity and current investments including the percent of the investment portfolio by type of investment and by issuer and maturities.  The report shall also include trend lines by month over the last year and year-to-year trend lines regarding the performance of the investment portfolio.  It shall also be the responsibility of the treasurer to obtain the information necessary to ensure that the investments and the outside persons doing business with the school district meet the requirements outlined in this policy.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to deliver a copy of this policy to the school district's depositories, auditor and outside persons doing business with the school district.

 

It shall also be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the treasurer, to develop a system of investment practices and internal controls over the investment practices.  The investment practices shall be designed to prevent losses, to document the officers' and employees' responsibility for elements of the investment process and address the capability of the management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 11.2, .6; 12.62; 12B.10; 12C; 22.1, .13; 28E.2; 257; 279.29; 283A; 285; 502.701; 633.123 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:         206.3 Secretary-Treasurer

                                    704    Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

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704.4 GIFTS--GRANTS--BEQUESTS

Code No.  704.4

 

 

GIFTS - GRANTS - BEQUESTS

 

 

The board believes gifts, grants, and bequests to the school district may be accepted when they will further the interests of the school district.  The board shall have sole authority to determine whether the gift furthers the interests of the school district.

 

Gifts, grants, and bequests shall be approved by the board.  Once it has been approved by the board, a board member or the superintendent may accept the gift on behalf of the school district.

 

Gifts, grants, and bequests once accepted on behalf of the school district shall become the property of the school district.  Gifts, grants, and bequests shall be administered in accordance with terms, if any, agreed to by the board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 279.42; 565.6 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:        217    Gifts to Board of Directors

                                    402.4 Gifts to Employees

                                    508.1 Class or Student Group Gifts

 

 

 

 

Approved   8/23/94     Reviewed         12/08/97; 10/08/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16          Revised               

                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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704.5 STUDENT ACTIVITIES FUND

Code No.  704.5

                                                                       

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES FUND

 

 

Funds raised by students or from student activities shall be deposited and accounted for in the student activities fund.  Funds in the student activities fund are the property of and shall be under the financial control of the school district.  Students may use these funds for purposes approved by the superintendent.  Funds remaining in the fund after the promotion of the class shall revert to the school district.

 

Whether such funds are collected from student contributions, club dues, and special activities or result from admissions to special events or from other fund-raising activities, all funds will be under the jurisdiction of the board and under the specific control of the superintendent/building principal.  They will be deposited in a designated depository and will be disbursed and accounted for in accordance with instructions issued by the superintendent.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the board secretary to keep student activity funds up-to-date and complete.

 

Any unencumbered class or activity funds will automatically revert to the general activity fund of the school when a class is promoted or an activity is discontinued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 11.23; 279.8 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:         504 Student Activities

                                    701 Financial Accounting System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved        8/23/94                        Reviewed         12/08/97; 10/08/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16          Revised            

                                                            

 

 

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704.6 ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS/CROWDFUNDING

Policy 704.6 ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS - CROWDFUNDING

The Morning Sun Community School District Board of Education believes online fundraising campaigns, including crowdfunding campaigns, may further the interests of the district. Any person or entity acting on behalf of the district and wishing to conduct an online fundraising campaign for the benefit of the district shall begin the process by seeking prior approval from the Superintendent. Money or items raised by an online fundraising campaign will be the property of the district only upon acceptance by the board, and will be used only in accordance with the terms for which they were given, as agreed to by the board.

Approval of requests shall depend on factors including, but not limited to:

  • Compatibility with the district's educational program, mission, vision, core values, and beliefs;
  • Congruence with the district and school goals that positively impact student performance;
  • The district's instructional priorities;
  • The manner in which donations are collected and distributed by the crowdfunding platform;
  • Equity in funding; and
  • Other factors deemed relevant or appropriate by the district.

If approved, the requestor shall be responsible for preparing all materials and information related to the online fundraising campaign and keeping district administration apprised of the status of the campaign.

The requestor is responsible for compliance with all state and federal laws and other relevant district policies and procedures. All items and money generated are subject to the same controls and regulations as other district property and shall be deposited or inventoried accordingly. No money raised or items purchased shall be distributed to individual employees.

   

 

Legal Reference:

 

Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 279.42; 565.6.

Cross Reference:

508.1 Class or Student Group Gifts

504.5 Student Fundraising

704.4 Gifts - Grants - Bequests

904.2 Advertising and Promotion

  

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Reviewed: _____

Revised: _____

705 EXPENDITURES

705.1 PURCHASING--BIDDING

Code No.  705.1

 

PURCHASING – BIDDING

 

The board supports economic development in Iowa, particularly in the school district community. As permitted by law, purchasing preference will be given to Iowa goods and services from locally-owned businesses located within the school district or Iowa based companies if the cost and other considerations are relatively equal and meet the required specifications. However, when spending federal Child Nutrition Funds, geographical preference is allowed only for unprocessed agricultural food items. Other statutory purchasing preferences will be applied as provided by law, including goals with regard to procurement from certified targeted small businesses, minority-owned businesses, and female owned businesses.

 

Prior to August 15 of each year and after analyzing the school district's anticipated procurement level for the current fiscal year, the school board will set a goal of ten percent of the anticipated procurement level to be purchased from certified targeted small businesses. In determining the procurement level, the cost of utilities (heat, electricity, telephone and natural gas) and employees' costs will not be included.  After the goal has been established, the superintendent will file the required Targeted Small Business Procurement form with the Department of Education by August 15.

 

By July 31 of each year, the superintendent will file a report with the Department of Education outlining purchases of goods and services from targeted small businesses for the previous fiscal year.

 

The school board and superintendent will encourage targeted small businesses which are not certified with the Department of Inspections and Appeals to become certified targeted small businesses.

 

Goods and Services

The board shall enter into goods and services contract(s) as the board deems to be in the best interest of the school district. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to approve purchases, except those requiring board approval or as provided by in law. The superintendent may coordinate and combine purchases with other governmental bodies to take advantage of volume price breaks. Joint purchases with other political subdivisions will be considered in the purchase of equipment, accessories, or attachments with an estimated cost of $50,000.00 or more.

 

Purchases for goods and services shall conform to the following:

  • The superintendent shall have the authority to authorize purchases without prior board approval and without competitive request for proposals, quotations, or bids for goods and services up to $50,000.00.
  • For goods and services costing at least $5,000.00 and up to $25,000.00, the superintendent shall receive proposals, quotations, or bids for the goods and services to be purchased prior to board approval. The quotation process may be informal, and include written or unwritten quotations.
  • For goods and services exceeding, $25,000.00, the competitive request for proposal (RFP) or competitive bid process shall be used and received prior to board approval. RFPs and bids are formal, written submissions via sealed process.

 

In the event that only one quotation or bid is submitted, the board may proceed if the quotation or bid meets the contract award specifications.

The contract award shall be based on the total cost considerations including, but not limited to the following:

 

  • The cost of the goods and services being purchased;
  • Availability of service and/or repair;
  • The targeted small business procurement goal and other statutory purchasing preferences; and
  • Other factors deemed relevant by the board.

 

Purchases using federal child nutrition funds shall be made in accordance with procurement procedures required by law.

 

The thresholds and procedures related to purchases of goods and services do not apply to public improvement projects.

 

Public Improvements

The board shall enter into public improvement contract(s) as the board deems to be in the best interest of the school district. ‘Public improvement’ means “a building or construction work which is constructed under the control of a governmental entity and is paid for in whole or in part with funds of the governmental entity, including a building or improvement constructed or operated jointly with any public or private agency.”

 

The district shall follow all requirements, timelines, and processes detailed in Iowa law related to public improvement projects. The thresholds regarding when competitive bidding or competitive quotations is required will be followed. Competitive bidding is required for public improvement contracts exceeding the minimum threshold stated in law. Competitive quotations are required for public improvement projects that exceed the minimum threshold amount stated in law, but do not exceed the minimum set for competitive bidding. The board shall approve competitive bids and competitive quotes. If the total cost of the public improvement does not warrant either competitive bidding or competitive quotations, the district may nevertheless proceed with either of these processes, if it so chooses.

 

The award of all contracts for the public improvement shall be awarded to the lowest responsive, responsible bidder. In the event of an emergency requiring repairs to a school district facility that exceed bidding and quotation thresholds, please refer to sample policy 802.3.

 

The superintendent may develop an administrative process to implement this policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 26; 28E; 72.3; 73; 73A; 285; 297; 301.

                                    261 I.A.C. 54.

                                    281 I.A.C. 43.25.

                                    481 I.A.C. 25.

 

Cross Reference:        705      Expenditures

                                    801.4   Site Acquisition

                                    802      Maintenance, Operation and Management

                                    802.3   Emergency Repairs

                                    803      Selling and Leasing

 

 

 

 

 

Approved        8/23/94                        Reviewed         12/08/97; 10/08/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16          Revised           03/10/08; 1/11/12; 2/09/16                                                                     

 

 

705.1R1 SUSPENSION AND DEBARMENT OF VENDROS AND CONTRACTORS PROCEDURES

Regulation 705.1R1 SUSPENSION AND DEBARMENT OF VENDORS AND CONTRACTORS PROCEDURE

In connection with transactions subject to federal suspension and debarment requirements, the district is generally prohibited from entering into transactions with parties that are debarred, suspended, or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in federal assistance programs or activities.

When soliciting bids or otherwise preparing to enter into such a transaction, the superintendent or designee shall use at least one of the following verification methods to ensure that any parties to the transaction are not suspended or debarred prior to committing to any sub-award, purchase, or contract:

  1. Obtaining a certification of a party’s compliance with the federal suspension and debarment requirements in connection with any application, bid, or proposal;
  2. Requiring compliance with the federal suspension and debarment requirements as an express condition of any sub-award, purchase, or contract in question; or
  3. Prior to committing to any sub-award, purchase, or contract, check the online Federal System for Award Management at https://sam.gov/portal/SAM/##11 to determine whether the relevant party is subject to any suspension or debarment restrictions.

705.2 PURCHASING ON BEHALF OF EMPLOYEES

Code No.  705.2

 

 

PURCHASING ON BEHALF OF EMPLOYEES

 

 

Generally, the school district shall not purchase items on behalf of employees.  The school district may in unusual and unique circumstances do so.  It shall be within the discretion of the board to determine when unique and unusual circumstances exist.

 

No purchase shall be made unless the employee has paid the school district prior to the order being placed and the employee has agreed to be responsible for any taxes or other expenses due.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code § 279.8 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:         703 Budget

 

 

Approved        8/23/94                        Reviewed         12/08/97; 10/08/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16          Revised               

                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

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705.3 PAYMENT FOR GOODS AND SERVICES

Code No.  705.3

                                                                       

 

PAYMENT FOR GOODS AND SERVICES

 

 

The board authorizes the issue of warrants for payment of claims against the school district for goods and services.  The board will allow the warrants after the goods and services have been received and accepted in compliance with board policy and the claims audited by the board.

 

Claims for payment of freight, drayage, express, postage, printing, water, lights, telephone, rents, and payment of salaries pursuant to the terms of a written contract may be paid by the board secretary prior to formal audit and approval by the board.  In addition the secretary, upon approval of the board president, may issue warrants for approved registrations, claims offering a discount for early payment, approved travel expenses, approved goods and services delivered C.O.D. and other verified bills filed with the secretary when the board is not in session prior to payment of these claims and prior to audit and approval by the board.  The board secretary shall examine the claims and verified bills.

 

The secretary shall determine to the secretary's satisfaction that the claims presented to the board are in order and are legitimate expenses of the school district.  It shall be the responsibility of the secretary to bring claims to the board.  The board president and board secretary may sign warrants by use of a signature plate or rubber stamp.  If the board president is unavailable to sign warrants, the vice president may sign warrants on behalf of the president.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop the administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Constitution, Art. III § 31.

                                    Love v. City of Des Moines, 210 Iowa 90, 230 N.W. 373 (1930).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .29, .30, .36; 291.12; 721.2(5) (1993).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(1).

                                    1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 102, 160, 720.

                                    1976 Op. Att'y Gen. 69.

                                    1972 Op. Att'y Gen. 130, 180, 392, 456, 651.

                                    1936 Op. Att'y Gen. 375.

 

 

Cross Reference:         705.1 Purchasing - Bidding

 

 

 

Approved        8/23/94                        Reviewed         12/08/97; 10/08/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16          Revised                        07/10/06             

                                                                  

 

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705.4 EXPENDITURES FOR A PUBLIC PURPOSE

Policy 705.4 EXPENDITURES FOR A PUBLIC PURPOSE

The board recognizes that school district funds are public funds, and as such, should be used to further a public purpose and the overall educational mission of the school community.  The district is committed to managing and spending public funds in a transparent and responsible manner.  Prior to making a purchase with public funds, an individual should be comfortable defending the purchase/reimbursement to the taxpayers in the district.  If the individual is uncomfortable doing so, the purchase may not fulfill a public purpose and additional guidance should be sought before the purchase is made. 

Individuals who have concerns about the public purpose of a purchase or reimbursement should utilize the district’s Internal Controls policy and regulation as a resource for questioning a purchase.  Concerns should be reported to the superintendent and/or the board president. 

The superintendent shall develop a process for approving expenditures of public funds.  The board will review expenditures and applicable reports as necessary to ensure proper oversight of the use of public funds.  To the extent possible, expenditures shall be pre-approved by the district prior to expending the funds.  Purchases of food and refreshment for district staff, even within district, should comply with the district’s Employee Travel Compensation policy, and all other applicable policies.  All purchases/reimbursements shall comply with applicable laws, board policies and district accounting requirements.

Additional guidance regarding appropriate expenditures of school funds is provided in the regulation accompanying this policy.

 

NOTE:  All use of public funds should directly serve a public purpose in a clear and transparent manner.  Districts should consider what purchasing and reimbursement flexibility is needed for their district and apply all restrictions equally. 

Legal References: 

Iowa Constitution Art. III, sec. 31;

Iowa Code §§ 68A.505; 279.8; 721.2.

281 I.A.C. 98.70

1979 Op. Atty. Gen., No. 79-4-26

 

Cross References:  401.7 Employee Travel Compensation

                                704.1  Local-State-Federal-Miscellaneous Revenue

                                704.5 Student Activities Fund

                                705.1 Purchasing-Bidding

                                705.2 Purchasing on Behalf of Employees

                                705.3 Payment for Goods and Services

                                707.5  Internal Controls

                                905.1 Community Use of School District Facilities & Equipment

 

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705.4R1 EXPENDITURES FOR A PUBLIC PURPOSE REGULATION

Regulation 705.4R1 USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS REGULATION

The following is a list of examples organized by activity for what is allowable, or not allowable as a purchase/reimbursement using public funds.  This regulation is intended as guidance and there may be situations that are not listed here.  Any questions regarding the appropriateness of an expenditure should be submitted to administration prior to expending funds. 

Reimbursements to an Individual

  • Use of Credit/Procurement Card:  All purchases through a district-owned credit or procurement card shall be pre-approved and comply with the district’s policy 401.10 – Credit and Procurement Cards.
  • Mileage:  Individuals who are required to travel (other than to and from work) as part of fulfilling their job duties to the district shall be reimbursed for mileage costs in accordance with the requirements stated in the district’s Employee Travel Compensation policy.
  • Travel accommodations:  Employees who are required to travel and stay overnight as part of fulfilling their job duties to the district shall be reimbursed for costs in accordance with the requirements stated in the district’s Employee Travel Compensation policy.
  • Alcohol:  Alcohol is a personal expense and is never allowable for purchase or reimbursement using public funds.
  • Food/Refreshments:  Food and refreshments are typically a personal expense.  Meetings spanning meal times should be avoided when possible.  When a district meeting is required to take place spanning a customary meal time, the superintendent or designee shall determine whether food and/or refreshment will be provided to employees whose presence is required during the meeting.  The cost of food and refreshment for employees shall be reasonable, and when possible, a separate itemized receipt for each employee is required.  If an itemized receipt is not available, approval is required by the school business official prior to reimbursement.  In all cases, the names and number of employees shall be noted on the receipt. 
  • Apparel/Personal Items:  Apparel and personal items including, but not limited to items such as t-shirts, hats, mugs, etc. provide personal benefit to individuals and are a personal expense.  These items shall not be purchased or reimbursed with public funds. 
  • Gifts:  Gift cards or gifts given to individuals are personal expenses and public funds should not be used (except for recognition/staff retirement, listed below) for these purposes.  Voluntary collections from staff would be an acceptable way of purchasing gifts.
  • Retirement and Recognition Gifts:  Recognizing an employee or volunteer’s years of dedication to educating the community and commitment to the district serves a public purpose by honoring individuals with a token gift, or honorarium, in recognition of their service.  The same is true for individual awards, mementos, or items purchased in recognition of employee service to the district.  These purchases may use public funds, provided the expenditures are modest and approved by the superintendent. 
  • Honoraria:  District employees may at times receive an honorarium from an outside source as compensation for the employee’s time devoted to preparing and delivering a presentation within the scope of their professional field.  Honorariums may only be accepted by employees when the employee has used their personal time outside of their work for the district to prepare and deliver the presentation.  If the employee uses district time or resources to prepare or deliver a presentation, any honorarium shall be given to the district. 
  • Break Room Supplies:  The purchase of perishable or disposable supplies for employee break rooms is primarily designed for individual consumption and is a personal expense.  This includes items such as coffee, coffee filters, plates, cups, spoons, napkins, etc. 

Supplies for Public Areas

  • Limited refreshments such as water and coffee may be available in public reception areas of the district including, but not limited to the central office, the building administrator’s office, etc.  These refreshments may be purchased with the use of public funds, as they provide light refreshment to members of the community.

Staff Parties/Receptions

  • Parties and receptions to benefit individual staff members are considered a personal expense and should not be purchased or reimbursed with public funds.  This includes but is not limited to holiday parties.
  • Hosting a group reception to honor all employees retiring from the district in a given school year is allowable as a public expense. Hosting a retirement reception provides a direct benefit to the community as an opportunity for the community to attend and honor the retiring employees’ years of dedication and service to the district.

School/ Student Activity Banquets

  • School/student activity banquets are typically a personal expense and will not be purchased or reimbursed with public funds unless the public purpose is submitted for review and pre-approved by the superintendent.

Memorial Gifts

  • Memorial flowers to convey sympathy or congratulations are allowable as a public expense if they have been approved by the superintendent.  Memorial cards are always appropriate.
  • Memorial gifts of any sort other than flowers and a card are a personal expense.

Student Incentives

  • It is within the discretion of the building principal to authorize the purchase of awards holding a nominal value to commemorate the achievements of a student or group of students.  These awards should be designed to reward behavior and values that exemplify the educational and community mission of the district.  Awards should not be gift cards or other monetary awards.
  • Flowers and decorations for school dances held as part of the district’s student activity program are an allowable expense paid out of the student activity fund, provided the purchases are approved by the building principal. 

Meetings

  • To the extent possible, meetings which span normal meal times should be avoided. 
  • Meetings of the district’s board of directors and board committees are made up of individuals who volunteer a large amount of their personal time to serve the needs of the school community.  These meetings are also scheduled at time most convenient for the public, and often span normal meal hours.  Food and refreshment purchased for board members is an acceptable use of public funds.  The service of these unpaid volunteers directly benefits the entire school community.  The superintendent has discretion to purchase/reimburse reasonable expenses for providing food and refreshment to these unpaid volunteers during these meetings. 

Some expenditures will be considered personal expenses regardless of the context.  These include purchase or reimbursement of alcohol, and personal items not included as retirement or memorial gifts listed above. 

706 PAYROLL PROCEDURES

706.1 PAYROLL PERIODS

Code No.  706.1

 

 

PAYROLL PERIODS

 

 

The payroll period for the school district shall be monthly.  Employees shall be paid on the 20th day of each month.  If this day is a holiday, recess, or weekend, the payroll shall be paid on the last working day prior to the holiday, recess or weekend.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the board secretary to issue payroll to employees in compliance with this policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 20.9; 91A.2(4), .3 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:         706.2 Payroll Deductions

 

 

Approved        8/23/94                        Reviewed         12/08/97; 11/12/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16          Revised               

                                                            

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

706.2 PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS

Code No.  706.2

 

 

PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS

 

 

Ease of administration shall be the primary consideration for payroll deductions, other than those required by law.  Payroll deductions shall be made for federal income tax withholdings, Iowa income tax withholdings, social security, and the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System.

 

Employees may elect to have payments withheld for professional dues, district-related and mutually agreed upon group insurance coverage, and/or tax sheltered annuity programs.  Requests for these deductions shall be made in writing to the superintendent.  Requests for purchase of tax-sheltered annuities may be made changed twice per year.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to determine which additional payroll deductions will be allowed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 91A.2(4), .3; 294.8-.9, .15-.16; 422 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:         706.1 Payroll Periods

 

 

Approved        8/23/94                        Reviewed         12/08/97; 11/12/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16          Revised            

                                                            

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

706.3 PAY DEDUCTIONS

Policy 706.3 PAY DEDUCTIONS

The district provides leaves of absences to allow employees to be absent from work to attend to important matters outside of the workplace. As public employers, school districts are expected to record and monitor the work that employees perform and to conform to principles of public accountability in their compensation practices.

Consistent with principles of public accountability, it is the policy of the district that, when an employee is absent from work for less than one work day and the employee does not use accrued leave for such absence, the employee's pay will be reduced or the employee will be placed on leave without pay if:

  • the employee has not sought permission to use paid leave for this partial-day absence,
  • the employee has sought permission to use paid leave for this partial-day absence and permission has been denied,
  • the employee's accrued paid leave has been exhausted, or,
  • the employee chooses to use leave without pay.

In each case in which an employee is absent from work for part of a work day, a deduction from compensation will be made or the employee will be placed on leave without pay for a period of time which is equal to the employee's absence from the employee's regularly scheduled hours of work on that day.

  

Legal Reference:

29 U.S.C. Sec. 213(a) (2012)

29 C.F.R. Part 541 (2012)

 

Cross References:  409.8 Licensed Employee Unpaid Leave

                                414.8 Classified Employee Unpaid Leave

   

Approved: _____

Reviewed: _____

Revised: _____

706.3R1 PAY DEDUCTIONS REGULATION

Regulation 706.3R1 PAY DEDUCTION

The district complies with all applicable laws with respect to payment of wages and benefits to employees including laws such as the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the Iowa Wage Payment Collection Act. The district will not make pay deductions that violate either the federal or state laws.

Any employee who believes that the district has made an inappropriate deduction or has failed to make proper payment regarding wages or benefits is encouraged to immediately consult with the appropriate supervisor. Alternatively, any employee may file a formal written complaint with the (choose one) [  Superintendent, Business Manager, Board Secretary  ]. Within 15 business days of receiving the complaint, the (choose one) [  Superintendent, Business Manager, Board Secretary  ] will make a determination as to whether the pay deductions were appropriate and provide the employee with a written response that may include reimbursement for any pay deductions that were not appropriately made.

This complaint procedure is available in addition to any other complaint process that also may be available to employees.

   

     

707 FISCAL REPORTS

707.1 SECRETARY'S REPORTS

Code No.  707.1

 

 

SECRETARY'S REPORTS

 

 

The board secretary shall report to the board each month about the receipts, disbursements and balances of the various funds.  This report shall be in written form and sent to the board with the agenda for the board meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 291.7 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:         206.3 Secretary-Treasurer

                                    707    Fiscal Reports

 

 

 

 

Approved        8/23/94                        Reviewed         12/08/97; 11/12/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16          Revised            

                                                            

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

707.2 TREASURER'S ANNUAL REPORT

Code No.  707.2

 

 

TREASURER'S ANNUAL REPORT

 

 

At the annual meeting, the treasurer shall give the annual report stating the amount held over, received, paid out, and on hand in the general and schoolhouse funds.  This report shall be in written form and sent to the board with the agenda for the board meeting.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the treasurer to submit this report to the board annually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 279.31, .33 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:         206.3 Secretary-Treasurer

                                    707    Fiscal Reports

 

 

Approved        8/23/94                        Reviewed         12/08/97; 11/12/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16          Revised               

                                                                

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

707.3 PUBLICATION OF FINANCIAL REPORTS

Code No.  707.3

 

 

PUBLICATION OF FINANCIAL REPORTS

 

 

Each month the schedule of bills allowed by the board shall be published in a newspaper designated as a newspaper for official publication.  Annually, the total salaries paid to employees regularly employed by the school district shall also be published in a newspaper designated as a newspaper for official publication.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the board secretary to publish these reports in a timely manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code § 279.35, .36; 618 (1993).

                                    1952 Op. Att'y Gen. 133.

 

 

Cross Reference:         206.3 Secretary-Treasurer

                                    707.2 Treasurer's Annual Report

 

 

Approved        8/23/94                        Reviewed         12/08/97; 11/12/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16          Revised               

                                                                 

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

707.4 AUDIT

Code No.  707.4

 

 

AUDIT

 

 

To review the funds and accounts of the school district, the board shall employ an auditing agency to perform an annual audit of the financial affairs of the school district.  The administration shall cooperate with the auditors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          Iowa Code § 11.6 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference:         701 Financial Accounting System

                                    707 Fiscal Reports

 

 

Approved        8/23/94                        Reviewed         10/08/97; 11/12/01; 10/16/06; 10/12/11;10/11/16          Revised               

                                                                  

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

707.5 INTERNAL CONTROLS

Code No. 707.5

 

 

INTERNAL CONTROLS

 

The Board expects all board members, employees, volunteers, consultants, vendors, contractors, students and other parties maintaining any relationship with the school district to act with integrity, due diligence, and in accordance with all laws in their duties involving the school district’s resources.  The board is entrusted with public dollars and no one connected with the school district should do anything to erode that trust.

 

Internal control is the responsibility of all employees of the school district. The superintendent, business manager and board secretary shall be responsible for developing internal controls designed to prevent and detect fraud, financial impropriety, or fiscal irregularities within the school district subject to review and approval by the board.  Administrators shall be alert for any indication of fraud, financial impropriety, or irregularity within the administrator’s area of responsibility.

 

Any employee who suspects fraud, impropriety, or irregularity shall report their suspicions immediately to his/her immediate supervisor, the superintendent, .  The superintendent shall have primary responsibility for any necessary investigations and shall coordinate investigative efforts with the board’s legal counsel, auditing firm, and other internal or external departments and agencies, including law enforcement officials, as the superintendent may deem appropriate.

 

Employees bringing forth a legitimate concern about a potential impropriety will not be retaliated against and those who do retaliate against such an employee will be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, discharge.

 

In the event the concern or complaint involves the superintendent, the concern shall be brought to the attention of the board vice-president and president who shall be empowered to contact the board’s legal counsel, insurance agent, auditing firm, and any other agency to investigate the concern or complaint.

 

Upon approval of the board, the superintendent may contact the State Auditor or elect to employ the school district’s auditing firm or State Auditor to conduct a complete or partial forensic/internal control/SAS99 audit annually or otherwise as often as deemed necessary.  The superintendent is authorized to order a complete forensic audit if, in the superintendent’s judgment, such an audit would be useful and beneficial to the school district.  The superintendent shall ensure the State Auditor is notified of any suspected embezzlement or theft pursuant to Iowa law.  In the event, there is an investigation, records will be maintained for use in the investigation.  Individuals found to have altered or destroyed records will be subject to disciplinary action, up to, and including termination.

 

Legal References:        American Competitiveness and Corporate Accountability Act of 2002, Pub. L. No. 107-204.

                                     Iowa Code ch. 11, 279.8 (2005).

 

 

 

Approved        07/10/06          Revised                        10/16/06; 10/12/11; 10/11/16          Reviewed

                                                              

 

                                              

707.5R1 INTERNAL CONTROLS PROCEDURES

Code No. 707.5R1

 

INTERNAL CONTROLS PROCEDURES

 

 

Fraud, financial improprieties, or irregularities include, but are not limited to:

  • •          Forgery or unauthorized alteration of any document or account belonging to the district.
  • •          Forgery or unauthorized alteration of a check, bank draft, or any other financial document.
  • •          Misappropriation of funds, securities, supplies, or other assets.
  • •          Impropriety in the handling of money or reporting of financial transactions.
  • •          Profiteering because of “insider” information of district information or activities.
  • •          Disclosing confidential and/or proprietary information to outside parties.
  •           Accepting or seeking anything of material value, other than items used in the normal course of advertising, from contractors, vendors, or persons providing services to the district.
  •            Destroying, removing, or inappropriately using district records, furniture, fixtures, or      equipment.
  • •          Failing to provide financial records to authorized state or local entities.
  • •          Failure to cooperate fully with any financial auditors, investigators or law enforcement.
  • •          Any other dishonest or fraudulent act involving district monies or resources.

 

The superintendent, shall investigate reports of fraudulent activity in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the parties and the facts.  All employees involved in the investigation shall be advised to keep information about the investigation confidential.

 

If an investigation substantiates the occurrence of a fraudulent activity, the superintendent, , or board vice-president if the investigation centers on the superintendent, shall issue a report to the board and appropriate personnel.  The final disposition of the matter and any decision to file or not file a criminal complaint or to refer the matter to the appropriate law enforcement and/or regulatory agency for independent investigation shall be made in consultation with district legal counsel.  The results of the investigation shall not be disclosed to or discussed with anyone other than those individuals with a legitimate right to know until the results are made public.

 

 

708 CARE, MAINTENANCE, AND DISPOSAL OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RECORDS

                  Code No. 708

 

CARE, MAINTENANCE AND DISPOSAL OF SCHOOL DISTRICT RECORDS

 

School district records are housed in the central administration office of the school district. It is the responsibility of the superintendent and board secretary to oversee the maintenance and accuracy of the records. The following records are kept and preserved according to the schedule below:

 

  • Secretary's financial records

Permanently

  • Treasurer's financial records

Permanently

  • Open meeting minutes of the Board of Directors

Permanently

  • Annual audit reports

Permanently

  • Annual budget

Permanently

  • Permanent record of individual pupil

Permanently

  • School election results

Permanently

  • Real property records (e.g., deeds, abstracts)

Permanently

  • Records of payment of judgments against the school district

20 years

  • Bonds and bond coupons

11 years after maturity, cancellation, transfer, redemption, and/or replacement

  • Written contracts

10 years

  • Cancelled warrants, check stubs, bank
  • statements, bills, invoices, and related record

5 years

  • Recordings and minutes of closed meetings

1 year

  • Program grants

As determined by the grant

  • Nonpayroll personnel records

10 years after leaving district

  • Employment applications

2 years

  • Payroll records

3 years

  • School meal programs accounts/records

3 years after submission of the final claim for reimbursement

 

In the event that any federal or state agency requires a record be retained for a period of time longer than that listed above for audit purposes or otherwise, the record shall be retained beyond the listed period as long as is required for the resolution of the issue by the federal or state agency.

 

Employees' records are housed in the central administration office of the school district. The employees' records are maintained by the superintendent, the building administrator, the employee's immediate supervisor, and the board secretary.

 

An inventory of the furniture, equipment, and other nonconsumable items other than real property of the school district is conducted annually under the supervision of the superintendent. This report is filed with the board secretary.

 

The permanent and cumulative records of students currently enrolled in the school district are housed in the central administration office of the attendance center where the student attends. Permanent records shall be housed in a fire resistant safe or vault or electronically with a secure backup file.  The building administrator is responsible for keeping these records current. Permanent records of students who have graduated or are no longer enrolled in the school district are housed in the central office and will be retained permanently. These records will be maintained by the Superintendent. Special education records shall be maintained in accordance with law.

 

The superintendent may digitize or otherwise electronically retain school district records and may destroy paper copies of the records.  An electronic record which accurately reflects the information set forth in the paper record after it was first generated in its final form as an electronic record, and which remains accessible for later reference meets the same legal requirements for retention as the original paper record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference:          7 C.F.R. § 210.23(c).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 22.3; 22.7; 91A.6; 279.8; 291.6; 554D.114; 554D.119; 614.1(13).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(4); 41.624.

                                    City of Sioux City v. Greater Sioux City Press Club, 421 N.W.2d 895 (Iowa 1988).

                                    City of Dubuque v. Telegraph Herald, Inc., 297 N.W.2d 523 (Iowa 1980).

 

 

 

Cross Reference:         206.3   SecretaryTreasurer

                                    215      Board of Directors' Records

                                    401.5   Employee Records

                                    506      Student Records

                                    901      Public Examination of School District Records

 

 

 

Approved        08/23/94          Reviewed         01/19/98; 11/12/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16        Revised  02/09/16                      

                                                                

709 INSURANCE PROGRAM

Code No.  709

 

 

INSURANCE PROGRAM

 

 

The board will maintain a comprehensive insurance program to provide adequate coverage against major types of risk, loss, or damage, as well as legal liability.  The board will purchase insurance for the replacement values, when possible, after reviewing the costs and availability of such insurance.  The comprehensive insurance program shall be reviewed once every three years.

 

The school district will assume the risk of property damage, legal liability, and dishonesty in cases in which the exposure is so small or dispersed that a loss would not significantly affect the operation of the education program or financial condition of the school district.

 

Insurance of buildings, structures, or property in the open will not generally be purchased to cover loss exposures below $1,000 unless such insurance is required by statute or contract. 

 

The board may retain a private appraisal agency for inventory and appraisal value services.  An itemized statement of the appraised value of school district facilities shall be kept.  This statement shall be updated at least once every five years.

 

Insurance will only be purchased through legally licensed Iowa insurance agents with preference given to brokers maintaining offices in the community when possible.

 

Administration of the insurance program shall be the responsibility of the superintendent.  The board secretary shall also be responsible for placing insurance coverage, maintaining property appraisals and inventories, processing claims, maintaining loss records, and supervising loss prevention activities.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to recommend, when necessary, the use of a private appraisal agency and to make recommendations to the board for the purchase of insurance coverage.

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 20.9; 85.2; 279.12, .28; 285.5(6), .10(6); 296.7; 517A.1; 670.7 (1993).

                                1974 Op. Att'y Gen. 171.

                                1972 Op. Att'y Gen. 676.

 

 

Cross Reference:    205    Board Member Liability

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised               

                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

710 SCHOOL FOOD SERVICES

710.1 SCHOOL FOOD PROGRAM

Code No.  710.1

 

 

SCHOOL FOOD PROGRAM

 

 

The school district will operate a school lunch and breakfast program in each attendance center.  The school food program services will include hot lunches through participation in the National School Lunch Program and supplementary foods for students during the school day.  Students may bring their lunches from home and purchase beverages and incidental items.

 

School food service facilities are provided to serve students and employees when school is in session and during school-related activities.  They may also be used under the supervision of the director of food service for food service to employee groups, parent-teacher meetings, civic organizations meeting for the purpose of better understanding the schools, and senior citizens with permission of the superintendent and in accordance with board policy.

 

The school food program is operated on a nonprofit basis.  The revenues of the school food program will be used only for paying the regular operating costs of the school food program.  Supplies of the school food program, including those provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, shall only be used for the school food program.

 

The board will set, and periodically review, the prices for school lunches, breakfast and milk.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation regarding the prices of school lunch and milk.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the board secretary to administer the program and to cooperate with the superintendent and head cook for the proper functioning of the school food program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference: 42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 et seq. (1988).

                                7 C.F.R. Pt. 210 et seq. (1990).

                                Iowa Code ch. 283A (1993).

                                281 I.A.C. 58.

 

 

Cross Reference:     710  School Food Service

                                906  Use of School District Facilities and Equipment

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised            

                                                                                         

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

710.2 FREE OR REDUCED COST MEALS ELIGIBILITY

Code No.  710.2

 

 

FREE OR REDUCED COST MEALS ELIGIBILITY

 

 

Students enrolled and attending school in the school district, who are unable to afford the cost or a portion of the cost of the school lunch, breakfast and supplemental foods, will be provided the school food program services at no cost or at a reduced cost.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to determine if a student qualifies for free or reduced cost school food services.  Students, whom an employee believes are improperly nourished, will not be denied the school food program services simply because the paperwork has not been completed.

 

Employees and others will be required to purchase adult-price tickets for meals consumed.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for implementing this policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference: 42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 et seq. (1988).

                                7 C.F.R. Pt. 210 et seq. (1990).

                                Iowa Code ch. 283A (1993).

                                281 I.A.C. 58.

 

 

Cross Reference: 710  School Food Service

 

 

 

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised               

                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

710.3 VENDING MACHINES

Code No.  710.3

 

 

VENDING MACHINES

 

 

Food served or purchased by students during the school day and food served or purchased for other than special circumstances shall be approved by the superintendent.  Vending machines in the school building shall be the responsibility of the building principal.  Purchases from the vending machines, other than juice machines, shall not be made during the lunch periods.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for the use of vending machines and other sales of food to students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference: 42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 et seq. (1988).

                                7 C.F.R. Pt. 210 et seq.  (1990).

                                Iowa Code ch. 283A (1993).

                                281 I.A.C. 58.

 

 

Cross Reference:    504.5  Student Fund Raising

                                710    School Food Service

 

 

 

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised               

                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

710.4 MEAL CHARGES

Code No. 710.4

Page 1 of 2

 

MEAL CHARGES

In accordance with state and federal law, the Morning Sun Community School District adopts the following policy to ensure school district employees, families, and students have a shared understanding of expectations regarding meal charges.  The policy seeks to allow students to receive the nutrition they need to stay focused during the school day, prevent the overt identification of students with insufficient funds to pay for school meals, and maintain the financial integrity of the nonprofit school nutrition program.

 

Payment of Meals

Students have use of a meal account.  When the balance reaches $0.00, a student may charge no more than $10.00 to this account.  When an account reaches this limit, a student shall not be allowed to charge further a la carte items until the negative account balance is paid.  Families may add money to student accounts through electronic payment options, pay at the school office, or send payment with child.

 

Students who qualify for free meals shall never be denied a reimbursable meal, even if they have accrued a negative balance from previous purchases. schools are encouraged to provide a reimbursable meal to students with outstanding meal charge debt.  If an alternate meal is provided, the meal must be the same meal presented in the same manner to any student requesting an alternate meal.

 

Employees may use a charge account for meals, but may charge no more than $10.00 to this account.  When an account reaches this limit, an employee shall not be allowed to charge further meals or a la carte items until the negative account balance is paid.

 

Negative Account Balances

The school district will make reasonable efforts to notify families when meal account balances are low.  Additionally, the school district will make reasonable efforts to collect unpaid meal charges classified as delinquent debt.  The school district will coordinate communications with the student's parent or guardian to resolve the matter of unpaid charges.  Parents or guardians will be notified of an outstanding negative balance once the student owes five meals or more. Parents or guardians will be notified by letters sent home, and/or emails.  Negative balances of more than $5.00 not paid prior to the end of the school year will be turned over to the superintendent or superintendent’s designee for collection. Options may include: collection agencies, small claims court, or any other legal method permitted by law.

 

Unpaid Student Meals Account

The district will establish an unpaid student meals account in a school nutrition fund.  Funds from private sources and funds from the district flexibility account may be deposited into the unpaid school meals account in accordance with law.  Funds deposited into this account shall be used only to pay individual student meal debt.

 

Communication of the Policy

The policy and supporting information regarding meal charges shall be provided in writing to:

  • All households at or before the start of each school year;

  • Students and families who transfer into the district, at time of transfer, and

  • All staff responsible for enforcing any aspect of the policy

Records of how and when the policy and supporting information was communicated to households and staff will be retained.

 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for implementing this policy.

 

Legal Reference:    42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.

                                7 C.F.R. 210 et seq.

                                 U.S. Department of Agriculture, SP 46-2016, Unpaid Meal Charges: Local Meal Charge Policies (2016)

                       U.S. Department of Agriculture, SP 47-2016, Unpaid Meal Charges: Clarification on Collection of Delinquent Meal Payments (2016)

                                 U.S. Department of Agriculture, SP 57-2016, Unpaid Meal Charges:  Guidance and Q&A (2016)

                             Iowa Code 283A

                             281 I.A.C. 58

 

Cross Reference:      710.1 School Food Program

                                  710.2 Free or Reduced Cost Meals Eligibility

                                   710.3 Vending Machine

 

Approved:  5/15/19

Reviewed:

Revised:

711 TRANSPORTATION

711.01 STUDENT SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION ELIGIBILITY

Code No.  711.1

 

 

STUDENT SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION ELIGIBILITY

 

 

Elementary students living more than two miles from their designated school attendance center shall receive transportation to and from their attendance center at the expense of the school district.

 

Enrolled students requiring special education shall meet the distance requirements stated above for transportation to and from their designated attendance center at the expense of the school district.  Costs associated with required specialized transportation or other required transportation in the student's individual education plan, other than to and from the child's home, and transportation to and from a special education instructional program shall be borne by the special education program.  Required unique transportation according to the student's individualized education plan to and from the student's home to the special education program shall be the expense of the school district whether provided by the school district or by the parent at the request of the school district.

 

Parents of students who live where transportation by bus is impracticable or unavailable may be required to furnish transportation to and from the designated attendance center at the expense of the school district.  The board may require the parent to transport their children up to two miles to connect with school bus vehicles at the expense of the school district when conditions deem it advisable.  It shall be within the discretion of the board to determine such conditions.  Parents, who transport their children at the expense of the school district, shall be reimbursed at the rate per mile set by the state.  A student may be required at the board's discretion to meet a school bus vehicle without reimbursement up to three-fourths of a mile.

 

Transportation arrangements made with a neighboring school district shall follow the terms of the agreement.  Students, who choose to attend a school in a school district other than their resident school district, shall provide transportation to and from the school at their own expense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference: 20 U.S.C. §§ 1401, 1701 et seq. (1988).

                                34 C.F.R. Pt. 300 et seq. (1990).

                                Iowa Code §§ 256B.4; 285; 321 (1993).

                                281 I.A.C. 41.8, 43.

 

 

Cross Reference: 603.3  Special Education

                                711    Transportation

 

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised               

                                                                               

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

711.02 STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

Code No.  711.2

 

 

STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

 

 

Students utilizing school transportation shall conduct themselves in an orderly manner fitting to their age level and maturity with mutual respect and consideration for the rights of the bus driver and the other passengers.  Students who fail to behave in an orderly manner will be subject to disciplinary measures.

 

The school vehicle driver shall have the authority to maintain order on the school vehicle.  It shall be the responsibility of the driver to report misconduct to the building principal.

 

After three warnings for bad conduct, or earlier if circumstances warrant it, the superintendent shall have the authority to suspend transportation privileges of the student or other appropriate discipline.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding student conduct and discipline when utilizing school transportation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 285; 321 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference: 503  Student Discipline

 

 

 

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised            

                                                                                          

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

711.02R1 STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION REGULATION

Code No.  711.2R1

 

 

STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION REGULATION

 

 

All persons riding buses should adhere to the following rules.  The bus driver or chaperones are to follow the school bus discipline procedure for student violations of this policy.

 

 1.            Bus riders shall be at the designated loading point before the bus arrival time.

 

 2.            Bus riders shall wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter.

 

 3.            Bus riders must not extend arms or heads out of the bus windows at any time.

 

 4.            Aisles must be kept cleared at all times.

 

5.           All bus riders shall be received and discharged through the right front door.  Emergency door is for emergencies only.

 

6.           A bus rider will depart from the bus at the designated point unless written permission to get off at a different location is given to the driver.

 

 7.            A bus rider may be assigned a seat by the driver.

 

 8.            Bus riders who damage seats or other equipment will pay the cost of repair or replacement.

 

 9.            Bus riders are not permitted to leave their seats while the bus is in motion.

 

10.          Waste containers are provided on all buses for bus riders' use.

 

11.          Permission to open windows must be obtained from the driver.

 

12.          Classroom conduct is to be observed by students while riding the bus except for ordinary conversation.

 

13.          Driver is in charge of the students and the bus, and the driver is to be obeyed promptly and cheerfully.

 

14.          Students shall assist in looking after the safety and comfort of younger students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised               

                                                                                      

 

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                                                                                                Code No.  711.2R1

 

 

STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION REGULATION

 

 

15.          A bus rider who must cross the roadway to board or depart from the bus shall pass in front of the bus (no closer than 10 feet), look in both directions and proceed to cross the road or highway only on signal from the driver.

 

16.          Students shall not throw objects about the bus nor out through the windows.

 

17.          Shooting paper wads, squirt guns or other material in the bus is not permissible.

 

18.          Students shall keep feet off the seats.

 

19.          Roughhousing on the bus is prohibited.

 

20.          Students shall refrain from crowding or pushing.

 

21.          The use or possession of alcohol, tobacco or illicit drugs is prohibited on the bus.

 

22.          Food and drink are prohibited on the bus unless special permission is granted.

 

23.          The Good Conduct Rule is in effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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711.02R2 USE OF VIDEO CAMERAS ON SCHOOL BUSES REGULATION

Code No.  711.02R2

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USE OF VIDEO CAMERAS ON SCHOOL BUSES REGULATION

 

 

The board supports the use of video cameras on school buses as a means to monitor and maintain a safe environment for students and employees.  The video cameras may be used on buses used for transportation to and from school, field trips, curricular events and extracurricular events.  The contents of the videotapes may be used as evidence in a student disciplinary proceeding.

 

Student Records

 

The content of the videotapes is a student record subject to board policy and administrative regulations regarding confidential student records.  Only those persons with a legitimate educational purpose may view the videotapes.  In most instances, those individuals with a legitimate educational purpose may be the superintendent, building principal, transportation director, bus driver and special education staffing team. A parent may view the video without consent from any student or parent also shown in the video if the other students are just bystanders.  But if there is an altercation between multiple students, than all parents must give consent in order for the video to be viewed by parents. 

A videotape recorded during a school-sponsored trip, such as an athletic event, may also be accessible to the sponsor or coach of the activity.  If the content of the videotape becomes the subject of a student disciplinary proceeding, it will be treated like other evidence in the proceeding.

 

Notice

 

The school district will annually provide the following notice to students and parents:

 

The Morning Sun Community School District Board of Directors has authorized the use of video cameras on school district buses.  The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior to maintain order on the school buses to promote and maintain a safe environment.  Students and parents are hereby notified that the content of the videotapes may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding.  The content of the videotapes are confidential student records and will be retained with other student records.  Videotapes will only be retained if necessary for use in a student disciplinary proceeding or other matter as determined necessary by the administration.  Parents may request to view videotapes of their child if the videotapes are used in a disciplinary proceeding involving their child.

 

The following notice will also be placed on all school buses equipped with a video camera:

 

This bus is equipped with a video/audio monitoring system.

 

 

 

Approved     11/09/11                        Reviewed    11/08/16                                  Revised

 

Code No.  711.2R2

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USE OF VIDEO CAMERAS ON SCHOOL BUSES REGULATION

 

 

Review of Videotapes

 

The school district will review videotapes (choose one of the following):

 

               Option 1--when necessary as a result of an incident reported by a bus driver or student.  The videotapes may be re-circulated for erasure after        days.

 

               Option 2--at least (weekly, monthly, etc.).  The videotapes may be re-circulated for erasure after        days.  Note:  Videotapes should be kept for a minimum of two weeks. 

 

  X          Option 3--randomly.  The videotapes may be re-circulated for erasure after        days.

 

Viewing of videotapes is limited to the individuals having a legitimate educational purpose.  A written log will be kept of those individuals viewing the videotapes stating the time, name of individual viewing and the date the videotape was viewed.

 

Video Monitoring System

 

Video cameras will be (choose one of the following):

 

               Option 1--used on all school district buses.

 

               Option 2--rotated randomly on school district buses.

 

   X         Option 3--used on only a select number of school district buses.

 

Determination of how video cameras will be used and which school buses will be equipped with video equipment will be made by the superintendent in consultation with the building principals and transportation director.

 

Student Conduct

 

Students are prohibited from tampering with the video cameras on the school buses.  Students found in violation of this regulation will be disciplined in accordance with the school district discipline policy and Good Conduct Rule and will reimburse the school district for any repairs or replacement necessary as a result of the tampering.

 

 

 

 

 

711.03 STUDENT TRANSPORTATION FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Code No.  711.03

                                                                                               

 

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

 

The board in its discretion may provide school district transportation for extracurricular activities including, but not limited to, transporting student participants and other students to and from extracurricular events.

 

Students participating in extracurricular events, other than those held at the school district facilities, may be transported to the extracurricular event by school district transportation vehicles or by another means approved by the superintendent.  Students attending extracurricular events, other than those held at the school district facilities but in Iowa, may be transported to the extracurricular event by school district transportation vehicles.  Students attending extracurricular events outside of Iowa may be transported by school district transportation vehicles.

 

Students, who are provided transportation in school district transportation vehicles for extracurricular events, shall ride both to and from the event in the school vehicle unless arrangements have been made with the building principal prior to the event.  A student's parent may personally appear and request to transport the student home from a school-sponsored event in which the student traveled to the event on a school district transportation vehicle.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation to the board annually as to whether the school district shall provide the transportation authorized in this policy.  In making the recommendation to the board, the superintendent shall consider the financial condition of the school district, the number of students who would qualify for such transportation, and other factors the board or superintendent deem relevant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 256B.4; 285.1-.4; 321 (1993).

                                281 I.A.C. 41.8, 43.

 

 

Cross Reference:    603.3  Special Education

                                711    Transportation

 

 

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised               

                                                                                    

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

711.04 SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

Code No.  711.04

 

 

SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

 

 

The school district may use school vehicles for transportation to and from summer extracurricular activities.  The superintendent shall make a recommendation to the board annually regarding their use.

 

Transportation to and from the student's attendance center for summer school instructional programs shall be within the discretion of the board.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation regarding transportation of students in summer school instructional programs at the expense of the school district.  In making the recommendation to the board, the superintendent shall consider the financial condition of the school district, the number of students involved in summer school programs, and other factors deemed relevant by the board or the superintendent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code § 285.10 (1993).

                                281 I.A.C. 43.10.

 

 

Cross Reference:    603.2  Summer School Instruction

                                711    Transportation

 

 

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised               

                                                                                           

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

711.05 TRANSPORTATION OF NONRESIDENT AND NONPUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

Code No.  711.05

 

 

TRANSPORTATION OF NONRESIDENT AND NONPUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

 

 

The board has sole discretion to determine the method to be utilized for transporting nonresident and nonpublic students.  Nonresident students paying tuition and resident students attending a nonpublic school may be transported on an established public school vehicle route as long as such transportation does not interfere with resident public students' transportation.  Nonresident and nonpublic school students shall obtain the permission of the superintendent prior to being transported by the school district.

 

Parents of resident students who provide transportation for their children attending a nonpublic school accredited by the Iowa Department of Education will be reimbursed at the established state rate.  This reimbursement shall be paid only if the school district receives the funds from the state.  If less than the amount of funds necessary to fully reimburse parents of the nonpublic students is received by the school district, the funds shall be prorated.

 

The charge to the nonresident students shall be determined based on the students' pro rata share of the actual costs for transportation.  The parents of these students shall be billed for the student's share of the actual costs of transportation.  The billing shall be according to the schedule developed by the superintendent.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to determine the amount to be charged and report it to the board secretary for billing.

 

Continued transportation of nonresident and nonpublic school students on a public school vehicle route will be subject to resident public school students' transportation needs.  The superintendent shall make a recommendation annually to the board regarding the method to be used.  In making a recommendation to the board, the superintendent shall consider the number of students to be transported, the capacity of the school vehicles, the financial condition of the school district and other factors deemed relevant by the board or the superintendent.

 

Nonresident and nonpublic school students shall be subject to the same conduct regulations as resident public students as prescribed by board policy, and to other policies, rules, or regulations developed by the school district regarding transportation of students by the school district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 285.1-.2, .10, .16 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference: 711  Transportation

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised               

                                                                                       

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

711.06 TRANSPORTATION OF NONSCHOOL GROUPS

Code No.  711.06

                                                                                               

 

TRANSPORTATION OF NONSCHOOL GROUPS

 

 

School district vehicles may be available to local nonprofit entities which promote cultural, educational, civic, community, or recreational activities for transporting to and from nonschool-sponsored activities within the state as long as the transportation does not interfere with or disrupt the education program of the school district and does not interfere with or delay the transportation of students.  The local nonprofit entity must pay the pro rata cost of using the school district vehicle as determined by the board.  Prior to making the school district transportation vehicle available to the local nonprofit entity, the "school bus" signs shall be covered and the flashing warning lamps and the stop arm made inoperable.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for use of school district transportation vehicles to transport students and others to school-sponsored events within the state and for application for, use of, and payment for using the school district transportation vehicles by local nonprofit entities for a nonschool-sponsored activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 285.1(21), .10(9), (10) (1993).

                                281 I.A.C. 43.10.

 

 

Cross Reference: 711  Transportation

                                900  Principles and Objectives for Community Relations

 

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised            

                                                                                       

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

711.07 SCHOOL BUS SAFETY INSTRUCTION

Code No.  711.07

 

 

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY INSTRUCTION

 

 

The school district will conduct school bus safe riding practices instruction and emergency safety drills at least twice during the school year, once in the fall and once in the spring, for students who utilize school district transportation.  Documentation of these safety drills will be maintained by the district for five years and made available upon request.

 

Each school bus vehicle shall have, in addition to the regular emergency safety drill, a plan for helping those students who require special assistance to safety during an emergency. This shall include, but not be limited to, students with disabilities.

 

School district vehicle drivers are required to attend each safety drill.

 

Employees shall be responsible for instructing the proper techniques to be followed during an emergency, as well as safe riding practices.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 321

                                281 I.A.C. 43.40.

 

 

Cross Reference: 503  Student Discipline

                             507 Student Health and Well-Being

                             804.2  Warning Systems and Emergency Plans

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised            

                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

711.08 TRANSPORTATION IN INCLEMENT WEATHER

Code No.  711.08

 

 

TRANSPORTATION IN INCLEMENT WEATHER

 

 

School district buses will not operate when weather conditions due to fog, rain, snow or other natural elements make it unsafe to do so.  Because weather conditions may vary around the school district and may change quickly, the best judgment possible will be used with the information available.

 

The final judgment as to when conditions are unsafe to operate will be made by the superintendent.  The superintendent will be assisted by the actual "on location" decisions and reports of the drivers.

 

Several drivers each year will be specially designated to report weather and road conditions by bus radio when requested to do so.  Other drivers and students will be notified by commercial radio when school is canceled or temporarily delayed.  When school is canceled because of weather anywhere in the school district, all schools will be closed.

 

When weather conditions deteriorate during the day after school has begun, cancellation notices will be announced by commercial radio.  Students will be returned to their regular drop-off sites unless weather conditions prevent it.  In that case, students will be kept at school until they are picked up by the parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Reference: Iowa Code § 279.8 (1993).

 

 

Cross Reference: 601.2  School Day

 

 

 

 

Approved              8/23/94                  Reviewed              01/19/98; 12/10/01; 11/13/06; 11/09/11; 11/08/16                                Revised            

                                                                                   

 

 

MORNING SUN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

711.09 DISTRICT VEHICLE IDLING

Policy 711.9 DISTRICT VEHICLE IDLING

The board recognizes that it has a role in reducing environmental pollutants and in assisting students and others be free from pollutants that may impact their respiratory health. Unnecessary vehicle idling emits pollutants and wastes fuel. The board directs the superintendent, in conjunction with the Director of Transportation, to work on administrative regulations to implement this policy and reduce school vehicle idling time.

    

NOTE: For more detailed discussion of this issue, see IASB's Policy Primer, Vol. 19 #8- January 8, 2007.

Legal References:

Iowa Code §279.8 (2013).

Cross References:  403 Employee Health and Well-Being

                                507 Student Health and Well-Being

                                711 Transportation

   

Approved: _____

Reviewed: _____

Revised: _____

711.10 SCHOOL BUS PASSENGER RESTRAINTS

Code 711.10

SCHOOL BUS PASSENGER RESTRAINTS

 

The district shall utilize three-point lap-shoulder belts on district school buses as required by state law.  All three-point lap-shoulder belts available on district buses will be used by passengers when the vehicle is in any non-stationary gear.

 

 

 

 

Approved:  10/15/19

Reviewed:

Revised:

 

Legal Reference:  281 I.A.C. 43.10(6)

Cross Reference:  717.7 School Bus Safety Instruction
 

712 TECHNOLOGY AND DATA SECURITY

Policy 712 TECHNOLOGY AND DATA SECURITY

The Morning Sun Community School District recognizes the increasingly vital role technology plays in society.  It is the goal of the district to embrace technology as a resource to further educate our students, and better prepare students for the future.  It is the intent of the district to support secure data systems in the district, including security for all personally identifiable information (PII) that is stored digitally on district-maintained devices, computers and networks.  Technology also has incredible potential to support increased efficiency, communication and growth through collaboration among administration, students, staff, employees and volunteers. 

However, with this growth opportunity comes increased potential for valuable sensitive data to become public.  The district takes seriously its responsibility to protect private data. The purpose of this policy is to ensure the secure use and handling of all district data, computer systems, devices and technology equipment by district students, employees, and data users. 

The district supports the use of third-party vendors to perform necessary education functions for the district.  Utilizing third party vendors to outsource functions the district would traditionally perform provides a cost-effective means to deliver high quality educational opportunities to all students.  However, it is paramount that third party vendors with access to sensitive data and PII of district students, employees and data users be held to the highest standards of data privacy and security.

The selection of third-party vendors shall be in accordance with appropriate law and policy.  Third-party vendors with access to PII shall meet all qualifications to be designated as a School Official under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The board shall ensure that any approved contract with a third-party vendor will require that the vendor comply with all applicable state and federal laws, rules, or regulations, regarding the privacy of PII. 

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop procedures for the district to enhance the security of data and the learning environment.  The procedures shall address, but not be limited to, the following topics: 

Access Control –Access control governs who may access what information within the district and the way users may access the information. Increased access to secure networks and data will inevitably increase the risk of security compromise to those networks and data.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop procedures for determining which individuals will have access to district networks, devices and data; and to what extent such access will be granted.  System and network access will be granted based upon a need-to-have requirement, with the least amount of access to data and programs by the user as possible. 

Security Management –Security management addresses protections and security measures used to protect digital data.  These include measures related to audits and remediation, as well as security plans for responding to, reporting and remediating security incidents.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop procedures to govern the secure creation, storage and transmission of any sensitive data and personally identifiable information (PII).  The superintendent or designee shall implement network perimeter controls to regulate data moving between trusted internal resources to external entities.

Technology and Data Use Training –Technology and data use training addresses acceptable use best practices to safeguard data for students, employees and staff.  It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop procedures for creating and administering a training program on proper data and technology use. The training shall address the proper use and security of all district owned or controlled technology, devices, media and data.  Training should be administered to all district data users.  The training program should be updated and presented to the school board for approval on an annual basis. 

In furtherance of this policy, the superintendent or designee shall be responsible for overseeing district-wide data and technology security, to include development of standards and procedures and adherence to the administrative procedures defined in this document.

          

 

Legal References: 

20 U.S.C. §1232g; 34 C.F.R. Part 99

47 U.S.C. §254

20 U.S.C. §6777

Iowa Code §§ 279.70; 715C

 

Cross References:   401.13  Staff Technology Use/Social Networking

                                 506.1  Student Records  Access

                                 605.4  Technology and Instructional Materials

Approved                    Reviewed                     Revised                   

712.R1 SECURITY REQUIREMENTS OF THIRD-PARTY VENDORS

Regulation 712R1 SECURITY REQUIREMENTS OF THIRD-PARTY VENDORS REGULATION

The District must ensure proper safeguards and procedures exist to use third-party vendors as a resource to further educational functions.  The following procedures shall be used to investigate and contract only with qualifying third-party vendors for the performance of necessary educational functions of the district; and to ensure that third-party vendors meet the required standards to be designated under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as a School Official to handle personally identifiable information (PII) within the district. 

Third-party vendors may be designated by the district as a School Official when the vendor: 

  1. Performs an institutional service or function for which the school or district would otherwise use its own employees;
  2. Has met the criteria set forth in the district’s annual notification of FERPA rights for being a school official with a legitimate educational interest in the education records;
  3. Is under the direct control of the district regarding the use and maintenance of education records; and 
  4. Uses education records only for authorized purposes and may not re-disclose PII from education records to other parties (unless the provider has specific authorization from the district to do so and is otherwise permitted by FERPA). 

Third party vendor data use requirements shall include, but not be limited to the following:

  1. The vendor implement and maintain security procedures and practices consistent with current industry standards; and
  2. The vendor be prohibited from collecting and using PII for:
    1. Targeted advertising;
    2. Amassing a profile about a student or students except in furtherance of educational purposes;
    3. Selling or renting PII for any purpose other than those expressly permitted by law; and
    4. Disclosing PII for any purposes other than those expressly permitted by law.