Friday January 27
- All Day
- CM Mr. Cupcake Fundraiser Ends
- 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
- SCA Movie Night Snow Date
Monday January 30
- All Day
- GM MP 2 Ends (tentatively)
- HS Midterms - Period 5 and 1 / Early Dismissal
6362 CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOARD MEMBERS
AND CONTRACT AWARDS
As a condition of receiving State aid, the school district shall comply with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-6.3 to ensure the school district maintains honest and ethical relations with vendors and shall guard against favoritism, improvidence, extravagance, and corruption in its contracting processes and practices.
For the purposes of this Policy, “business” means any corporation, partnership, firm, enterprise, franchise, trust, association, sole proprietorship, union, political organization, or other legal entity but shall not include a local public school district or any other public entity. “Business entity” means any natural or legal person, business corporation, professional services corporation, limited liability company, partnership, limited partnership, business trust, association or any other legal commercial entity organized under the laws of this State or of any other state or foreign jurisdiction. “Interest” means the ownership or control of more than ten percent of the stock in the case of a business entity that is a corporation for profit, as appropriate.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-6.3:
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And Contract Awards
person, a contribution by any person or other business entity having an interest therein shall be deemed to be a contribution by the business entity.
A Business Entity Disclosure Certification (BED-C) shall be submitted by the business entity for all contracts of $17,500 or greater in order to facilitate disclosure of contributions to Board members by a business entity. The BED-C shall be reviewed prior to the award of any contract in excess of $17,500 to ensure the Board of Education’s compliance with N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-6.3(a).
The requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-6.3 shall not apply to a contract when a district emergency requires the immediate delivery of goods or services. With the exception of districts previously subject to the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:10-2.1(e), N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-6.3 shall not apply to contributions made prior to its effective date.
Adopted: September 2008
Revised: November 2012
The Board of Education directs the establishment of procedures for the purchase of budgeted goods and services that will make prudent use of district resources and yield the maximum value for the school district. The Assistant Superintendent for Business/Board Secretary shall authorize all purchases that are within a budget line item and are consistent with the purpose for which the funds were appropriated.
No purchase order may be placed until the Assistant Superintendent for Business/Board Secretary has determined whether the proposed purchase is subject to bid, whether sufficient funds exist in the line item, and whether the goods are available elsewhere in the district.
Whenever the estimated value of a purchase or contract for goods or services other than professional services N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-5(1) and work by employees of the Board N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-5(3) is fifteen percent or more of the bid threshold established in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-3 and N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-37 and is not made under a state contract, the purchasing agent shall, whenever practicable, solicit at least two quotations from independent vendors. All quotations received will be attached to and retained with a copy of the voucher used to pay the vendor.
The purchase or contract may be awarded on the basis of the lowest responsible quotation received or to the vendor who submits the quotation most advantageous to the Board on the basis of price and other factors. If it is determined that it is impractical to seek quotations for an extraordinary, unspecifiable service or that the purchase or contract for which quotations were sought should not be awarded on the basis of the lowest quotation received, the reasons for that determination will be set forth in writing and attached to the resulting purchase order or contract.
Supplies commonly used in the various schools will be standardized to the extent that it is educationally feasible to do so. Alternate suggestions will be made to a requisitioner if better service, delivery, economy, or utility can be achieved by a change in the proposed order.
When a purchase order is placed or a contract entered, the Assistant Superintendent for Business/Board Secretary shall commit the expenditure against a specific budget line item or project category in order to guard against the creation of liabilities in excess of appropriations.
N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-1 et seq.; 18A:18A-37; 18A:22-8
Adopted: 21 April 2005
6422 BUDGET TRANSFERS
Except as otherwise provided pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:22-8.1 and N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-13.1 et seq., whenever the school district desires to transfer amounts among line items and program categories, the transfers shall be by resolution of the Board approved by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the authorized membership of the Board. Each resolution shall indicate the exact amount of the transfers and from the applicable accounts or fund balance.
However, this Board of Education in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:22-8.1 and this Policy as adopted by the Board, designates the Superintendent of Schools to approve such transfers as are necessary between meetings of the Board. Transfers approved by the Superintendent shall be reported to the Board, ratified and duly recorded in the minutes at a subsequent meeting of the Board, but not less than monthly.
Transfers from line accounts that include waiver amounts approved by the Commissioner and expenditures and/or reallocations directed by the Commissioner are prohibited unless approved in writing by the Executive County Superintendent and in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:22-8.1. The Board shall submit written requests for transfers including the amount to be transferred, the account(s) to be reduced, the account(s) to be increased, the purpose, and justification. These transfers shall not be requested or made prior to December 1 of the applicable budget year and shall only be approved for an emergent circumstance(s).
Where actual audited undesignated general fund balance at the fiscal year-end exceeds the estimated amount reflected in the school district’s originally approved budget that contained an adjustment to the tax levy limitation approved by the Commissioner, any excess amount shall be reserved for the offset of the Commissioner’s waiver requests, if any, in the second subsequent year’s budget and reflected as such in the CAFR for the budget year.
Whenever the Executive County Superintendent shall, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7-8, disapprove a portion of the school district’s proposed budget because the district has not implemented all potential efficiencies in its administrative operations or because the budget includes excessive non-instructional expenses, the school district shall not transfer funds back into those accounts during the budget year.
Transfers of surplus amounts or any other unbudgeted or underbudgeted revenue to line items and program categories shall require the approval of the Commissioner of Education and shall only be approved between April 1 and June 30 for line items and program categories necessary to achieve the thoroughness standards established pursuant to section 4 of P.L. 2007, c.260
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(N.J.S.A. 18A:7F-46); except that upon a two-thirds affirmative vote of the authorized membership of the Board, the Board may petition the Commissioner of Education for authority to transfer such revenue prior to April 1 due to an emergent circumstance and the Commissioner may authorize the transfer if he determines that the transfer is necessary to meet such emergency.
Transfers from any general fund appropriation account that, on a cumulative basis, exceed 10% of the amount of the account included in the school district’s budget as certified for taxes shall require the approval of the Commissioner of Education. In a school district wherein the Commissioner of Education has directed an in-depth evaluation pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A7A-14, the Board shall obtain the written approval of the Executive County Superintendent of Schools prior to implementing any Board authorized transfer of funds.
No transfer may be made under N.J.S.A. 18A:22-8.1 from appropriations or surplus accounts for interest and debt redemption charges, capital reserve account or items classified as general fund expenses except to other items so classified, or to the capital projects fund to supplement the proceeds from a bond authorization or lease purchase agreement upon application to and a formal finding by the Commissioner that the transfer is in the best interest of both the pupils and taxpayers of the district after consideration of alternative corrective actions.
N.J.S.A. 18A:22-8.1; 18A:22-8.2
N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-13-1; 6A:23A-13.2; 6A:23A-13.3
Issued: March 1987
Revised: January 2015
6423 EXPENDITURES FOR NON-EMPLOYEE ACTIVITIES,
MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
There may be school district activities where expenditures for non-employee activities, meals, and refreshments may occur. Expenditures for non-employee activities, meals, and refreshments for school district activities are allowed provided the expenses are in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-5.8. For the purposes of this Policy, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, “activities” means events or functions provided or held for the benefit of pupils, dignitaries, and other “non-district” employees 9e.g. parents) which are paid from public funds. “Dignitary” means a notable or prominent public figure; a high level official; or one who holds a position of honor. A dignitary, for purposes of this Policy, is not a school district employee or Board of Education member.
Allowable expenditures for non-employee school district activities shall include:
The Board shall, at a minimum, take actions regarding pupil activities as follows:
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Expenditures for Non-Employee Activities,
Meals and Refreshments
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:11-12 and State of New Jersey Department of Treasury, Office of Management and Budget Circular 08-19-OMB and 06-14-OMB, the following costs shall not be permitted using public funding:
The School Business Administrator/Board Secretary and/or designee shall maintain documentation to support activities, meals, and refreshments at district events. The documentation shall include a description of the activity, the purpose/justification of the activity, expressed in terms of the goal(s) or objective(s) of the district, the make-up of the group participating in the activity, and the names and titles of Board members or employees included in the group.
Adopted: October 2008
Revised: June 2009
6424 EMERGENCY CONTRACTS
Any contract may be negotiated or awarded for a Board of Education without public advertising for bids and bidding notwithstanding that the contract price will exceed the bid threshold when an emergency affecting the health or safety of occupants of school property requires the immediate delivery of goods or the performance of services.
An actual or imminent emergency must exist requiring the immediate delivery of the goods or the performance of the service. Emergency contracts may not be used unless the need for the goods or services could not have been reasonably foreseen or the need for such goods or services has arisen notwithstanding a good faith effort on the school district to plan for the purchase of any goods or services required by the school district. Under no circumstance shall emergency purchasing procedures be used to enter into a multi-year contract.
If the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary is satisfied that an emergency exists, he/she shall be authorized to award a contract or contracts for such purposes as may be necessary to respond to the emergent needs pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-7 et seq.
If conditions permit, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall seek quotations from more than one source. If the expenditures are expected to be in excess of the bid threshold, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall attempt to obtain no fewer than three quotations.
As soon as possible, but within three days of declaring the emergency, the Superintendent of Schools shall notify the Executive County Superintendent of the nature of the emergency and the estimated need for goods or services necessary to respond to it.
When emergency conditions have eased, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall utilize the regular purchasing system to obtain estimates from suppliers, vendors, and contractors for materials and/or services that will eliminate the circumstances that created the emergency.
The School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall prepare and submit a final report to the Board on every occasion an emergency contract is negotiated or awarded in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-7.
N.J.A.C. 5:34-6.1P6424 Emergency Contracts
Issued: May 2008
Revised: January 2015
The Board of Education recognizes that centralized, cooperative purchasing tends to maximize the value received for each dollar spent. The Administration is encouraged to seek savings that may accrue to this district by means of joint agreements for the purchase of goods or services with the governing body of the municipality or the county within whose boundaries the school district is wholly or partly located, or by means of contracts entered into by the New Jersey State Treasury Department, Division of Purchase and Property.
A cooperative pricing system is a purchasing system in which the lead agency advertises for bids, awards a master contract to the vendor providing for its own needs and for the prices to be extended to registered members, and notifies them of the bid prices awarded. The registered members then contract directly with the vendor for their own needs, subject to the specifications in the master contract.
A joint purchasing system is a cooperative purchasing system in which the lead agency has complete purchasing responsibility for the registered members, and the only contractual relationship is between the lead agency and the vendor.
A cooperative purchasing system is either a joint purchasing or cooperative pricing system.
When the lead agency is a Board of Education or Educational Service Commission and the entire membership of the cooperative purchasing system established and properly registered with the New Jersey Division of Local Government Services are Boards of Education, the purchase of work, materials or supplies shall be conducted pursuant to the Public Schools Contract Law. (N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-11 et seq.)
The Assistant Superintendent for Business/Board Secretary is hereby authorized to negotiate such joint agreements for goods and services which the Board may determine to be required and which the Board may otherwise lawfully purchase for itself with such approved contracting units as may be appropriate in accordance with State law, the policies of this Board, and the dictates of sound purchasing procedures.
No cooperative or joint purchase may be entered without Board approval of an agreement that specifies the categories of work, materials and supplies to be purchased; the manner of advertising for bids and the awarding of contracts; the method by which payment will be made by each participating Board of Education, municipality or county, and such other terms deemed necessary to carry out the purposes of the agreement. Agreements for cooperative and joint purchasing will be subject to al.l bidding requirements imposed by law. Purchases made through the State Treasury Department may be made without bid.
Each participant’s share of expenditures for purchases under any such agreement shall be appropriated and paid in the manner set forth in the agreement and in the manner as for other expenses of the participant.
The Board may by contract or lease provide electronic data processing services for the Board of Education of another school district; and may undertake with such other Board, the joint operation of electronic data processing of their official records and other information relative to their official activities, services and responsibilities. The records and other information originating with any Board participating in such contract or lease may be combined, compiled, and conjoined with the records and other information of any and all participating local units for the purposes of such electronic data processing; and any provisions of law requiring such records to be kept confidential or to be retained by any Board or any officer or agency thereof shall be deemed to be isolated thereby.
A contract or lease to provide electronic data processing services shall set forth the charge for all services provided, or in the case of a joint undertaking the proportion of the cost each party thereto shall assume and specify all the details of the management of the joint undertaking, and any other matters that may be deemed necessary for insertion therein, and may be amended from time to time by the contracting parties.
Any party to a contract for joint operation of electronic data processing services may act as agent for any or all parties in acquiring, by lease, purchase or otherwise, any property, facilities or services, in appointing such officers and employees as may be necessary and directing its activities, to the same extent as a Board of Education is authorized to do separately.
In the event that any controversy or dispute shall arise among the parties (except a municipality or a county) to any such agreement, the same shall be referred to the County Superintendent of the county in which the districts are situated for determination and the determination shall be binding, subject to appeal to the Commissioner of Education and the State Board pursuant to law. In the event the districts are in more than one county, the controversy or dispute shall be referred to the County Superintendents of the counties for joint determination, and if they shall be unable to agree upon a joint determination within thirty days, the controversy or dispute shall be referred to the Commissioner of Education for determination.
In a cooperative purchasing system established and properly registered with the New Jersey Division of Local Government Services where the lead agency is a Board of Education or Educational Service Commission and the membership of the system is Boards of Education and local contracting units as defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:ll-2(1), the purchase of any work, materials or supplies shall be conducted pursuant to the Local Public Contracts Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:ll-1 et seq.) and N.J.A.C. 5:34-7.
N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-10 through 14
N.J.S.A. 40A:ll-1 et seq.
Adopted: 21 April 2005
In order to administer special funds bequeathed to this district for scholarship purposes, the Board of Education requires each such fund to be deposited in a separate interest bearing bank account carrying the name of the fund.
The Assistant Superintendent for Business/Board Secretary is authorized to obtain interest for each scholarship fund at the fixed bank rate on such terms as may seem to him/her advisable and to make, execute, and deliver all instruments of assignment and transfer.
Disbursements from a scholarship fund shall be made by the Assistant Superintendent for Business/Board Secretary in accordance with a schedule having the prior approval of the Board.
Adopted: 21 April 2005
The Board of Education directs the prompt payment of legitimate claims by suppliers of goods and services to the school district, provided that each bill or obligation of this Board is fully itemized and verified before a warrant is drawn for its payment.
When an invoice is received, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary or designee shall verify that the voucher is properly submitted, that acceptable goods were received or satisfactory services rendered, the expenditure is included in the Board’s budget and funds are available for its payment, and the amount of the invoice is correct.
The School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall identify and investigate, if necessary, the reason for any increase to a purchase order. If it is found by the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary that an increase to a purchase order is warranted, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall either approve a revision to the original purchase order with the reason noted, approve the issuance of a supplemental purchase order for the difference, or cancel the original purchase order and issue a new purchase order. If it is found an increase is not warranted, the purchase order shall be cancelled and the goods returned. In no instance shall an adjustment be made to a purchase order that changes the purpose or vendor of the original purchase order or a bid award price.
The school district’s financial systems shall be programmed to:
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The School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall review on a monthly basis edit/change reports listing all payments made in excess of the originally approved purchase order amount to ensure that all payments made are properly authorized.
If funds are not available in the budget line account to which the expenditure will be charged, funds may be transferred in accordance with Policy No. 6422.
The Board must approve all claims for payment, except, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:194.1, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary and the Superintendent are authorized to approve payment of claims not greater than $________, interest on bonds as it becomes due, payments to redeem bonds as they become due, progress payments to contractors in accordance with a contract approved by the Board, and warrants to cover approved payrolls and agency account deposits prior to presentation to the Board. Any such approval of payment must be presented to the Board for ratification at the next regular Board meeting.
All claims shall be fully itemized, verified, and shall be submitted for Board review and approval or ratification. Claims must be submitted to the Board in the form of a list that includes the number, amount, and date of the warrant; the payee; the reason for the expenditure; and the account charged. All claims that equal or exceed fifteen percent of the bid threshold amount established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-3, except for payrolls and debt service, shall be verified by affidavit or by signed declaration in writing in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:19-3.
The list of claims must be accompanied by the original records that include copies of the purchase order, the receiving report, the vendor’s invoice, and the purchase requisition. The list of approved warrants will be included in the minutes of the Board meeting.
When a claim for payment is duly approved in accordance with this Policy, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary and/or a designated staff member shall promptly prepare a warrant for payment, cancel the commitment p laced against the appropriate account, and post the actual expenditure. All warrants shall be signed by the Board President, Board Secretary, Superintendent of Schools, and/or Treasurer of School Moneys, as appropriate to the district.
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Payment of Claims
N.J.S.A. 18A:17-36; 18A:18A-3; 18A:19-1 et seq.; 18A:19-3; 18A:19-4; 18A:19-4.1; 18A:22-8.1
N.J.S.A. 18A:54-26 [vocational districts]
Adopted: September 1987
Revised: January 2015
N.J.S.A. 18A:17-36; 18A:19-1 et seq.; 18A:22-8.1
Adopted: 21 April 2005
Revised: October 2008
The Board of Education authorizes the purchase of certain food supplies without advertising for bids.
For the purpose of this policy, “food supplies” means only those supplies that are to be eaten or drunk and those substances that may enter into the composition of a food in the operation of a school cafeteria or in a family and consumer science.
The Board of Education authorizes the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary or designee to purchase all food supplies without advertising for bids in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:18A:5 and N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-16.5 et seq.
The School Business Administrator/Board Secretary or designee shall obtain price quotations for all food supplies purchased without advertising for bids in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-16.5 et seq.
Vendors interested in providing food supplies to the school district shall submit a written request to the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary or designee to receive specifications for food supplies to be purchased by the school district. The School Business Administrator/Board Secretary or designee will maintain a list of interested vendors and will mail specifications for food supplies to those vendors who requested such specification.
Each time a purchase of food supplies is to be made, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary or designee shall solicit quotations from interested, eligible vendors. Quotations for fresh or frozen fruits, vegetables, and meats need not be solicited more than once in any two week period.
The School Business Administrator/Board Secretary or designee shall provide definite and uniform specifications governing standards of quality to each eligible vendor from whom quotations are solicited. Specifications for food supplies will indicate a time in which all quotations must be submitted to the school district for consideration.
All quotations from interested, eligible vendors will be evaluated by the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary or designee. Food supplies shall be purchased from the vendor who submits the lowest quotation, except that food supplies may be purchased from another vendor who submitted a quotation when the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary or designee can justify the purchase. Any such justification, together will all quotations received, shall be kept in permanent record form, attached to the purchase order and available to school officials, the Board, and the State Department of Education for a minimum of three years following the purchase.
The School Business Administrator/Board Secretary or designee may purchase food supplies for any school cafeteria or family and consumer science class to the extent of not more than $500.00 any month without soliciting quotations provided the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary provides a written signed statement filed with the invoice indicating the reason why quotations could not be obtained. The signed statement filed with the invoice shall be retained for review and audit.
Nothing in this Policy shall prevent the Board from purchasing food supplies by advertising for bids and awarding contracts in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-4.
N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-4 et seq.; 18A:18A-5a.(6); 18A:18A-6
Adopted: September 2013
The most substantial allocation of public funds for the operation of the school district is that made to the employees of the Board of Education for their services. Compensation will be tendered only to persons duly employed by this Board and only for services rendered.
Each Board resolution to employ or reemploy a person will include the person’s name, position, and tenure status; the salary or rate of pay the person is to receive; the method of payment, the wage guide from which wages are derived and the budget category to which the wages are to be charged; the period of time for which employment is authorized; and the school, grade, class or special assignment, as appropriate.
No person may be assigned duties as a substitute employee whose employment has not been approved by the Board. The Board will annually approve lists of persons who may be assigned duties as substitutes. Each list will include the names of potential substitutes, the duties to which each may be assigned, and the rate of pay. Substitute authorization will ordinarily be valid for one year.
The minutes of Board meetings will record all personnel actions of the Board to include, but not limited to, the appointment, promotion, resignation, retirement, death, discharge, compensation, or leave of absence for each employee. The minutes will also include effective dates for personnel action.
Custodians, aides and maintenance workers, are required to sign in and out daily in order to verify days and hours worked. The service of extra-duty personnel must be certified by the appropriate supervisor before payment can be made.
The Superintendent is authorized to withhold salary or wages for services not rendered, in accordance with Board policy.
All district employees will be paid two times a month in accordance with the payroll schedule prepared by the Superintendent.
In accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-5.7, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, at least once every three years, between the months of September through May, the Superintendent of Schools shall require each district employee to report to a central location(s) and produce picture identification and sign for release of his or her paycheck or direct deposit voucher. The accepted picture identification shall be in the form of a district-issued identification card, valid drivers’ license, official passport, or other picture identification issued by a State, county, or other local government agency.
The Superintendent of Schools shall designate an appropriately qualified staff member to match the picture identification to the position control roster maintained by the office of personnel or human resources prior to release of the pay check or direct deposit voucher.
If the district elects to conduct this payroll verification prior to the district’s required implementation of the position control roster pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-6.8, the district may use similar and suitable office of personnel or human resources generated listing of employees. Where no appropriate identification can be produced, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall withhold paychecks or stop direct deposits until such time the payee/district employee can produce appropriate identification or until an investigation and corrective action is concluded, as appropriate to the circumstances.
Upon completion of the payroll check distribution verification procedures set forth in this Policy and N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-5.7, the Superintendent of Schools shall submit a certification of compliance, in a form prescribed by the Department of Education, to the Executive County Superintendent. Verification of the district’s compliance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-5.7 will be required as part of the annual audit.
The payroll journal will be certified by the Board Secretary and the President of the Board and approved by the Superintendent.
N.J.S.A. 18A:17-35; 18A:19-9 et seq.
Adopted: 21 April 2005
Revised: October 2008