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  1. 1. Arkansas Association of School Business Officials CASBO Training Session LEGLISLATURE 2003: IMPACT ON SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT May 6, 2003
  2. 2. AASBO Legislative Committee <ul><li>Nathan Barber </li></ul><ul><li>Johnny Thaxton </li></ul><ul><li>Ivy Lincoln </li></ul><ul><li>Ellen Terry </li></ul><ul><li>Alan Love </li></ul><ul><li>Mike Mertens </li></ul><ul><li>Jann Arnold </li></ul><ul><li>Freeman Wish </li></ul><ul><li>Dan Lovelady </li></ul><ul><li>Al Hicks </li></ul><ul><li>David Cauldwell </li></ul>Met Every Wednesday
  3. 3. Lakeview <ul><li>The full attention of the 2003 General Assembly has been centered on the implications of the Lakeview ruling relating to education in Arkansas. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What Did the Supreme Court Say? <ul><li>It is the responsibility of the State of Arkansas to guarantee that each child in the state has: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Substantially equal teacher’s salaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Substantially equal curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Substantially equal facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Substantially equal equipment </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What Happened During the Regular Session? <ul><li>The Legislature met from January 13 to April 16. They dealt with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lakeview & School Reform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Government Reorganization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tort Reform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The other various bills introduced </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What Happened During the Regular Session? <ul><li>There were 2885 bills, well over 100 resolutions, and 51 joint resolutions introduced in the Legislature. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1800 bills have been signed into law. </li></ul><ul><li>Only two constitutional amendments were introduced. </li></ul><ul><li>They adjourned without adopting a budget for the biennium. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What Is Happening Now? <ul><li>The Governor has called them back into Special Session to establish a budget and to pass the Revenue Stabilization Act. </li></ul><ul><li>The Governor will perhaps call another Special Session to “clean up” any issues left over from the Regular Session. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What Will Happen Later? <ul><li>An Adequacy Study Commission has been authorized by the Legislature. </li></ul><ul><li>It is to report back to the Legislature no later than September 1, 2003. </li></ul><ul><li>A Facilities Study will be conducted after the Adequacy Study is completed. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What Will Happen This Fall? <ul><li>The Legislature will return to Little Rock after the Adequacy Study is complete (in September or October). </li></ul><ul><li>The Legislature and Governor must come to agreement on what plan is best to fulfill the requirements of Lakeview. </li></ul><ul><li>The Supreme Court’s deadline to have a plan in place is January 1, 2004. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What Will the Net Result Possibly Be? <ul><li>Consolidation </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Curriculum Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Greater Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Salaries Balanced Statewide </li></ul><ul><li>Facilities Improved Statewide </li></ul><ul><li>Revenue Increases – OR - Revenue Redistribution </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Court’s Final Words <ul><ul><li>“ Nevertheless, should constitutional dictates not be followed, as interpreted by this court, we will have no hesitancy in reviewing the constitutionality of the state’s school-funding system once again in an appropriate case.” </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Bills before the Legislature <ul><li>There were over 300 bills having something to do with educational issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Of the education-related bills that were introduced, @100 have been signed into law by the Governor. </li></ul><ul><li>We will talk about 34 of these bills today. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Proposed Constitutional Amendments <ul><li>HJR 1006 – Term Limits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>House would serve six two-year terms instead of three terms. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Senate would serve three four-year terms instead of two terms. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>HJR 1028 – General Obligation Bonds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows Legislature to approve general obligation bonds for economic development. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally, infrastructure needs of a project. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. The Acts <ul><li>Each Act is available on the web. </li></ul><ul><li>email me at [email_address] if you would like to receive an Excel spreadsheet with all of the Acts listed and hyperlinks that will take you directly to a copy of the Act on the web. </li></ul><ul><li>When reviewing the Acts, underlined text has been added to the law, text that is stricken through is deleted, other text was already present in the law. </li></ul><ul><li>If the Act has an “Emergency Clause” written in, it became law when the Governor signed it. </li></ul><ul><li>If there was no “Emergency Clause,” it becomes law 90 days after the Session is concluded (July 15). </li></ul>
  15. 16. “Big Issues” Bills Lake View
  16. 17. Act 94* <ul><li>Created the “Joint Committee on Educational Adequacy” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Committee is made up of 5 Senators, 5 House Members, and the Director of the Department. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lawrence Picas, an adequacy consultant, has been hired to do the adequacy study. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The final report is due to the Joint Committee no later than September 1, 2003. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Legislature will then review the consultant’s study and the committee will make recommendations to the Legislature on what an “adequate” education is. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Act 1181* <ul><li>Created the “Joint Committee on Educational Facilities.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seven members of the Senate, seven members of the house, and the Director of the Department of Education. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They shall: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Review the Supreme Court Ruling </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommend what constitutes an adequate school facility </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommend a method of providing substantially equal facilities and equipment for all schools in Arkansas. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish a process to conduct a review and assessment of facilities. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommend the cost of an adequate school facility. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommend a method of funding. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Their report is due to be complete by 12/31/03. The deadline may be extended. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Act 1738* <ul><li>Prohibits school boards from entering into certain contracts until July 1, 2004. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May not enter into any single contractual or project obligation over $75,000 or 1% of lines 15 & 16 on the district’s Printout , whichever is greater, for the purchase, sale, construction, improvement, or repair of equipment, facilities, motor vehicles, buildings, or real property without the prior approval of the State Board or the Director. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does not apply to contracts in connection with a bond issuance already approved by the State Board. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May not enter into a service contract for a time period greater than one year without prior written approval of the State Board. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Does not apply to currently binding contracts. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Act 1738* <ul><ul><li>May not enter into personnel contracts for more than one year without prior written approval of the State Board or Director. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salary increases may not be more than 7.5% of the immediate previous existing contract for the same person in the same position, excluding normal step increases. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you want to request an exception, you must apply no less than 15 days prior to next regularly scheduled State Board meeting. </li></ul><ul><li>Any board member, administrator or employee who knowingly violates this law is guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor and subject to a $1000 fine. </li></ul>
  20. 21. Act 1467 (July 1, 2003) <ul><li>The Omnibus Quality Education Act of 2003. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May be the “sleeping giant” of the session. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enforcement of the standards. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ACTAAP & NCLB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic distress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fiscal distress </li></ul></ul>
  21. 22. Act 1467 <ul><li>Standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you fail to meet the standards for more than one year, your district may be </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consolidated </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reconstituted </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Annexed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual schools may be shut down or removed from the jurisdiction of the district. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 23. Act 1467 <ul><li>Academic distress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any student attending a public school district classified as being in academic distress shall automatically be eligible and entitled to transfer to another geographically contiguous school district. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The cost of transporting the student from the resident district to the nonresident district shall be the cost of the resident district. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 24. Act 1467 <ul><li>Fiscal Distress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indicators of fiscal distress are: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A declining balance determined to jeopardize the fiscal integrity of a school district. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Any act or violation determined to jeopardize the fiscal integrity of a school district, such as: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material failure to properly maintain school facilities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material violation of local, state, or federal fire, health, or safety code provisions or law </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material violation of local, state, or federal construction code provisions or law </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material state or federal audit exceptions or violations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material failure to provide reports in a timely fashion </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Insufficient funds to cover payroll </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material failure to meet legally binding minimum teacher salary schedule obligations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material failure to comply with state law governing purchasing or bid requirements </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material default on any school district debt obligation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material discrepancies between budgeted and actual school district expenditures </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material failure to comply with audit requirements </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Relevant and Consequential
  24. 25. Act 1467 <ul><li>If found to be in fiscal distress: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The district must publish the district’s classification as a fiscally distressed district in the paper for two weeks. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The district may not enter into any debt without approval of the Department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The district will file with the Department a plan for improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The district may not remain in fiscal distress for more than two consecutive school years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The State Board of Education may consolidate, etc. any district that fails to remove itself from fiscal distress in two years. </li></ul></ul>
  25. 26. We missed the peanuts while we were fighting the elephant!
  26. 27. Payroll Issues
  27. 28. Act 1768 <ul><li>Requires districts to credit teachers for all in-state teaching experience. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Beginning with the 2003-2004 school year, the teachers’ experience for purposes of salary and benefits shall be his or her total years in any school district in the state, and shall not be based on only the years in the district in which he or she is currently employed.” </li></ul></ul>
  28. 29. Act 1398 <ul><li>Requires that teachers who are required to serve more than 60 minutes of “non-instructional duty” be paid for that duty. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Any teacher assigned more than sixty minutes of non-instructional duties per week shall be contracted with in accordance with 6-17-807(g).” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-instructional time is defined as: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The supervision of students before or after the instructional day begins or ends for students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The supervision of students during breakfasts, lunches, recesses, or scheduled breaks. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 30. Act 1398 <ul><li>6-17-807(g): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A district which contracts with a teacher to teach summer school or to perform services that do not require the teacher to hold a teaching certificate to perform those services shall enter into a separate contract with the teacher for those services and shall not condition initial employment of the teacher or renewal of the teacher's regular teaching contract on entering into such a separate contract.  </li></ul></ul>
  30. 31. How will YOU handle this? <ul><li>Pay Teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stipend </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hourly rate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pay Classified Employee </li></ul><ul><li>Do Nothing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Because you are already in compliance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Because… </li></ul></ul>
  31. 32. Act 462 <ul><li>Requires that teachers’ daily planning period be provided in increments of no less than forty minutes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers are already required to receive a minimum of 200 minutes per week. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They must now be given that time in increments of no less than 40 minutes per day. </li></ul></ul>
  32. 33. Act 1786 <ul><li>Revises the schedule of Library/Media Specialists. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limits the amount of time a Librarian may spend in activities aside from activities as an “information specialist.” </li></ul></ul>
  33. 34. Act 925 <ul><li>Allows employers to pay workers by check or direct deposit. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“All employees shall be paid in currency, or by check or electronic direct deposit into the employee’s account.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“The employee may opt out of electronic direct deposit by providing the employer a written statement requesting payment by check.” </li></ul></ul>
  34. 36. Teacher Retirement
  35. 37. Act 340 (July 1, 2003) <ul><li>Allows the ATRS Board to set the employer contribution rate for the system. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate will be 12% until 6/30/03 when the ATRS Board will establish the rate for each year. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rate will be increased to 13% on 7/1/03. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefit “enhancements” will not be implemented by the ATRS Board until the contribution rate is below 13% again. </li></ul></ul>
  36. 38. Act 992 (July 1, 2003) <ul><li>Requires employer contributions to continue when an employee begins T-Dropping. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Until August 31, 2003, employer contributions for those members who are T-Dropping may be retained by the local district. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If an employee T-Drops on September 1, 2003 or afterward, the employer contribution will continue in full. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If an employee T-Drops before September 1, 2003, districts will be required to pay the employer contribution on this schedule: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1% for the period from 7/1/03 – 6/30/05. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3% for the period from 7/1/05 – 6/30/07. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6% for the period from 7/1/07 – 6/30/09. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>9% for the period from 7/1/09 – 6/30/11. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12% after 7/1/11. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  37. 40. Talk to your Fiscal Agent about these Acts
  38. 41. Act 210* <ul><li>Amends the Maximum Lawful Rate for School Bonds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t worry about this one. It is just a technical change in how the rate is calculated. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It won’t have an effect on the rate you currently pay or will pay. </li></ul></ul>
  39. 42. Act 840 <ul><li>Provides for the refinancing of postdated warrants, lease purchase agreements, and installment contracts. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A district may refinance if the refinancing results in a net savings to the district. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t extend the term. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t increase the outstanding debt owed by the district. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to your fiscal agent for complete details. </li></ul></ul>
  40. 43. Act 1754 <ul><li>Allows school districts to enter into public-private partnerships for the acquisition of facilities. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The private partner constructs the building for the district and leases it to the district for 30 years or less. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At the end of term, the district might purchase the building for $1. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk with your fiscal agent. </li></ul></ul>
  41. 44. School Bus, Food Service, & Nurses
  42. 45. Act 219 <ul><li>Prohibits the use of a cell phone while operating a school bus. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t use a cell phone while driving a bus. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Cell phone” is a wireless two-way communication device that requires the operator to dial numbers manually. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The driver may use a cell phone in an emergency situation when calling police, fire, hospital, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Violators are guilty of a misdemeanor with a fine of between $100 and $250. </li></ul></ul>
  43. 46. Act 1220 <ul><li>Creates a child health advisory committee and coordinates statewide efforts to combat childhood obesity and related illness. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beginning 2003-04, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>you may not permit in-school access to food and beverage vending machines for elementary schools. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>you must report to the public the amounts and specific sources of funds received from competitive food and beverage contracts and what you spent the money on. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>you must include the annual body mass index percentile by age for each student on their report card. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beginning 2004-05, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>you must convene a school nutrition and physical activity advisory committee. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  44. 47. Act 999 <ul><li>Concerns religious exemption to the school immunization requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with your school nurse. </li></ul>
  45. 49. Accounts Payable
  46. 50. Act 671 <ul><li>Clarifies the signatures required for disbursements by school districts. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Board, by resolution, shall designate one member who will be the primary disbursing officer of the district. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Board may designate an alternate disbursing officer in the absence of the primary officer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The resolution must be filed with the County Treasurer and the Director of the Dept. of Finance and Administration. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Checks must now bear the manual or facsimile signature of the Board disbursing officer (or his/her alternate) and the Superintendent. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An exception is made for signatures on Activity Accounts and Food Service Accounts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All warrants and checks shall be issued in accordance with the provisions of 6-13-618 and 6-13-701(e) </li></ul></ul>
  47. 51. Act 756 <ul><li>Increases the amount that school districts must give to teachers for the purchase of classroom supplies. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The new amount is the greater of $500 per teacher or $20 per student enrolled after 3 months of school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre K – 6 th grade teachers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To be provided according to the district’s “established reimbursement policy.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For the teacher to apply toward the…” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The teacher must provide receipts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Superintendent will now be required to sign a statement of compliance with this law each year. </li></ul></ul>
  48. 52. Act 1097 <ul><li>Requires that COOPs and school districts use APSCN for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fund accounting, including activity funds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget preparation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fixed Assets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begins with the 2003-04 fiscal year. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May use a different software system if: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Department approves of the system. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information is transmitted to Little Rock in a compatible format and in the detail requested by the Department. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  49. 53. Act 1769* <ul><li>Requires school districts to use APSCN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The wording of this bill is exactly the same as that found in Act 1097. </li></ul></ul>
  50. 54. My favorite bill that didn’t get passed. <ul><li>House Bill 2049 by Rep. Lendell </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriated $3000 to the Office of the Governor for the purchase of lottery tickets in every state having a lottery. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The proceeds from any winning ticket were to be deposited into the General Services Fund of the State. </li></ul></ul>
  51. 55. Elections
  52. 56. Act 1280* <ul><li>Clarifies when the budget must be published in the case of a special election. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Early elections may have been in question if this law were not passed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The law now states that a district publishes the proposed budget 60 days before the election “at which the annual ad valorem property tax for the district is decided by the electors.” </li></ul></ul>
  53. 57. Act 1295 <ul><li>Provides for absentee voting in an election when Board Members are running unopposed and there is no change in millage proposal on the ballot. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The school board may, by resolution, request that no polling places be open on election day and that the election be conducted by absentee ballot and early voting only. </li></ul></ul>
  54. 58. Act 1441 <ul><li>Special elections must be on the second Tuesday of any month. </li></ul>
  55. 59. Classified Personnel
  56. 60. Act 1780 <ul><li>Establishes a Classified Personnel Policy law. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very similar to the Certified Personnel Policy laws. </li></ul></ul>
  57. 61. Act 1752 <ul><li>Requires school districts to provide Classified employees with two paid breaks. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Applies to those working more than 20 hours per week. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must give them two paid, fifteen minute breaks during each regular workday. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May not extend the contract day to provide for this Act. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You must file an affidavit for compliance with the Department of Education regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act for classified employees unless the school district policies or state laws impose higher standards. </li></ul></ul>
  58. 62. Act 1773 <ul><li>Provides for a cost of living salary increase for Classified employees. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Beginning July 1, 2003 and each year thereafter, the minimum hourly rate provided for in this subchapter ($6.25) shall be increased by a percentage equal to the percentage increase of the consumer price index.” </li></ul></ul>
  59. 63. etc
  60. 64. Act 1269* <ul><li>100% of any budget cuts will be taken from Equalization for the remainder of this fiscal year. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Before this change, 85% was to come from Equalization and the remaining 15% was to come from categorical funds. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Total Amount Cut” x .47 ÷ 444,000 x ADM = approximate amount of Equalization cut </li></ul></ul>
  61. 65. Act 1272* <ul><li>Requires all districts to participate in Public School Choice. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are restrictions on who may transfer in and out of your district. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rules and regs are available. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directors Memo SI-03-040 </li></ul></ul>
  62. 66. Act 1334 <ul><li>Allows digital copies of Personnel Policies be given to Certified employees instead of paper copies. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Permissive legislation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Could save you printing costs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personnel </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personnel Policies </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  63. 67. Act 1802 <ul><li>Requires that certain data for each district be made available on the Department of Educations website. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local and state revenue sources. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrator/Teacher salary and benefit data. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District balances. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any additional financial data. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative salary and benefit expenditures. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher salary expenditures. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to the local district’s website containing the school district’s contracts with school district employees and district salary schedules. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The annual budget. </li></ul></ul>
  64. 68. Act 1714 <ul><li>Creates a taskforce to study the Assessment Coordination Department. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The title of this act is: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“An act to create a task force to study the Assessment Coordination Department in lieu of abolishing the Assessment Coordination Department” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  65. 69. Act 413 <ul><li>Requires the State Board of Education to identify reports required from districts and to eliminate unnecessary reports and paperwork. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Department will compile a list of reports and paperwork each year. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Districts will not be required to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide information that is already available in APSCN. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide the same information more than once during a school year unless the info has changed. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complete IDEA forms that are not necessary to ensure compliance with federal statutes and regulations. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  66. 70. Act 623* <ul><li>If there is a difference between the printed copy of Arkansas Code and the on-line copy, the printed copy takes precedence. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arkansas Code is available on the web at click on “resources.” </li></ul></ul>
  67. 71. Questions?
  68. 72. Information <ul><li>Greg Murry – 479-750-8804 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Your Auditor </li></ul><ul><li>..AASBO2003 Legislative SessionActs of 2003 Regular Session.xls </li></ul>