Minnesota Statutes, sections 123B.749 – 123B.83, establish legal requirements for school district budgeting, accounting, revenue, expenditure, borrowing, fund transfers and special operating plans.
Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.77, Subdivision 1, requires each Minnesota school district to adopt the uniform financial accounting and reporting standards (UFARS) provided for in guidelines adopted by the Minnesota Department of Education.
Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.10, Subdivision 8, requires charter schools to comply with the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, sections 123B.75 – 123B.83, except to the extent deviations are necessary because of the program at the school. Deviations must be approved by the commissioner and authorizer.
Minnesota Statutes, section 125B.05, requires the Minnesota Department of Education to develop and maintain a computerized information system for state information needs. Purposes of the system include providing comparable and accurate financial information in a timely and economical manner. A school district, charter school or cooperative unit must not implement a financial software system until the system has been reviewed by the department to ensure that it provides the required data elements and format.
Minnesota Statutes, section 127A.19, requires the department to provide financial management assistance and training to school districts and school sites, including charter schools.
The Division of School Finance is responsible for administering these statutes, in cooperation with other department divisions. The Financial Management Section of the division has primary responsibility for implementing most of these provisions.
The committee’s purpose will be to advise the department on matters of school accounting, reporting, budgeting and financial management, including:
Committee membership will encompass the various segments of the school financial community of Minnesota as follows:
The department will provide notice of vacancies on the committee through the department’s school business management list serve, the MASBO list serve, the MASA list serve, and to professional organizations composed of persons eligible to be appointed to the committee. Individuals eligible to be appointed may apply for membership directly to the department. Several state education associations will also be asked to submit names for consideration. The department will seek members who are experienced, have appropriate training and have a keen interest in school financial management.
Membership on the committee will be for a period of three years.
Full committee regular meetings will be scheduled approximately every two months, and will be open to the public. Various ad hoc sub-committees may be appointed by the full committee as needed. Membership is voluntary (unpaid), and the department cannot reimburse members for their travel expenses. The committee will select a chair from its membership. The Division of School Finance will provide staff support for the committee, and will prepare minutes and summary notes for each meeting, which will be posted to the department’s website. Items will be placed on the agenda if requested by either the department or by committee members. The department will work with the committee chair to develop a proposed agenda for each meeting, which will be posted to the department’s website prior to the meeting date.
Advice and recommendations from the committee will be reported to the supervisor of the Financial Management Section, the director of the Division of School Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and/or the commissioner.
For additional information, please contact:
Mary Weigel, Supervisor
School Finance Division
Tom Melcher, Director
School Finance Division