Fiscal and Business Management
The Superintendent is responsible for the School District’s fiscal and business management. This responsibility includes annually preparing and presenting the District’s statement of affairs to the School Board and publishing it before December 1 as required by State law.
The Superintendent shall ensure the efficient and cost-effective operation of the District’s business management using computers, computer software, data management, communication systems, and electronic networks, including electronic mail, the Internet, and security systems. Each person using the District’s electronic network shall complete an “Authorization for Electronic Network Access.”
The District’s fiscal year is from July 1 until June 30. The Superintendent shall present to the Board, no later than the first regular meeting in August, a tentative budget with appropriate explanation. This budget shall represent the culmination of an ongoing process of planning for the fiscal support needed for the District’s educational program. The District’s budget shall be entered upon the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) “School District Budget Form.” To the extent possible, the tentative budget shall be balanced as defined by (ISBE) guidelines. The Superintendent shall complete a tentative deficit reduction plan if one is required by (ISBE) guidelines.
Preliminary Adoption Procedures
After receiving the Superintendent’s proposed budget, the Board sets the date, place, and time for:
- A public hearing on the proposed budget, and
- The proposed budget shall be made available to the public for inspection.
The Board Secretary shall arrange to publish a notice in a local newspaper stating the date, place, and time of the proposed budget’s availability for public inspection and the public hearing. The proposed budget shall be available for public inspection at least 30 days before the time of the budget hearing.
At the public hearing, the proposed budget shall be reviewed, and the public shall be invited to pose comments or questions to the Board.
Final Adoption Procedures
The Board adopts a budget before the end of the first quarter of each fiscal year, September 30, or by such alternative procedure as State law may define. To the extent possible, the budget shall be balanced as defined by the (ISBE); if not balanced, the Board will adopt a deficit reduction plan to balance the District’s budget within 3 years according to (ISBE) requirements.
The Board adopts the budget by roll call vote. The budget resolution shall be incorporated into the meeting’s official minutes. Board members’ names voting yea and nay shall be recorded in the minutes.
The Superintendent or designee shall perform each of the following:
- Post the District’s final annual budget, itemized by receipts and expenditures, on the District’s Internet website; notify parents/guardians that it is posted and provide the website’s address.
- File a certified copy of the budget resolution and an estimate of revenues by source anticipated to be received in the following fiscal year, certified by the District’s Chief Fiscal Officer, with the County Clerk within 30 days of the budget’s adoption.
- Make all preparations necessary for the Board to timely file its Certificate of Tax Levy, including preparations to comply with the Truth in Taxation Act; file the Certificate of Tax Levy with the County Clerk on or before the last Tuesday in December. The Certificate lists the amount of property tax money to be provided for the various funds in the budget.
- Submit the annual budget, a deficit reduction plan if one is required by (ISBE) guidelines, and other financial information to the (ISBE) according to its requirements.
Any amendments to the budget or Certificate of Tax Levy shall be made as provided in the School Code and Truth in Taxation Act.
The Board may amend the budget by the same procedure as provided for in the original adoption as outlined in this policy.
The Superintendent or designee shall implement the District’s budget and provide the Board with a monthly financial report that includes all deficit fund balances. The amount budgeted as the expenditure in each fund is the maximum amount that may be expended for that category, except when a transfer of funds is authorized by the Board.
The Board shall act on all interfund loans, interfund transfers, transfers within funds, and transfers from the working cash fund or abatements of it, if one exists.
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