School board discusses new financial policies
The Emery County School Board met at Cleveland Elementary on Dec. 4. The school board discussed the new financial policies that will take place for the new year. The policies come from Senate Bill 190, which involves updating the schools financial policies. There is a new policy for donations and gifts. Some donations may be donated through a foundation for tax purposes. There is a limit with gifts. The state office came out with a sample policy with sample amounts. The school board can adjust the amounts to fit the district needs. The new policy is not a major change. There is just more direction and documentation. The donation amounts are between $250 and $5,000 anything above that amount would have to go through the district.
There is also another new policy for a district audit committee. This is a new policy and is the shortest one, but has the most impact there will be a board of two board members and one administrator. They will review financial policies. This is just another step in fiscal responsibility.
The cash receipts policy has been revised. This details all cash receipts from all schools. It spells out all the steps. All receipts are documented for specific purposes. The petty cash directive is rescinded the amount should not exceed $5,000.
The fundraising policy has been revised. There are some differences between secondary and elementary schools for fundraising. For example, elementary school students cannot conduct door to door sales for fundraising. The school board voted and approved the new policy revisions and recension of the petty cash accounts.
Mr. Lofley gave the principal update. Cleveland Elementary had their annual Veterans Day program. The students made cards and gave them to the veterans. On Dec. 19 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. the kindergarten to third grade classes will be having a Christmas program. The older classes will have their annual program in February. The school has been working on improving in science, math and reading. This year the school decided to include fine arts as the area they wish to improve. The school has been teaching the students the four Rs, Rights, Responsibility, Respect and Recognition. Every week two students from each class are recognized.
In the superintendent's report, Ferron Elementary received title 1 recognition. There will be major changes to the competitive food sales for schools. Vendors must meet the smart snack guidelines in schools. Vendors will be required to add healthier items to their vending machines, such as low fat cheese, whole grain chips, granola bars and 100 percent juice. It will not apply to concession stands after school hours and it will apply only on campus. A Granite school district high school was found in violation of the existing guidelines and was fined $10,000. The new policy will be effective July 1, 2014.
Superintendant Sitterud recognized Melanie Miera for collecting items for local soldiers. She has been contacting local business to assist with postage.
There is a voluntary survey. There needs to be a copy of the school attendance boundaries. Sitterud has been unable to find any documentation of this. The school board has until June to take part in the voluntary survey. This could affect the funding the school district receives for transportation and sets the boundaries where students attend school. The school district will get with the county to see if they can figure out the boundaries and submit the survey.
The Utah school board convention will be in January.