1 UTPB STEM Academy Legal Policy Framework Module 100: Financial Operations Charter Board Policy for UTPB STEM ACADEMY Texas Charter Schools Association, All rights reserved.
2 ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET The governing body ( Board ) of UTPB STEM ACADEMY adopts the following policy which shall be effective on the date that the policy is adopted by the Board. SECTION 1. Budget Process SECTION 1.1. FA SRG. The Superintendent will ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY follows a budgeting process that is consistent with the requirements in the Budgeting Module of the Texas Education Agency s ( TEA ) Financial Accountability System Resource Guide. SECTION 1.2. [Finance Manager]. The [Finance Manager] is responsible for the preparation of the annual budget. CHARTER BOARD POLICY SECTION 1.3. Campus Improvement Plan. Each year before the annual operating budget is drafted the Superintendent shall ensure that a campus improvement plan, which is based on a needs assessment of UTPB STEM ACADEMY, is drafted and finalized. The needs assessment and campus improvement plan shall be completed by July 31st. The campus improvement plan shall inform the drafting of the annual budget. SECTION 1.4. Adoption. The Board shall formally adopt the budget, in a meeting open to the public, before the fiscal year of September 1st begins and before the expenditure of any funds. SECTION 1.5. Minutes. The Secretary [or another individual assigned] of the Board will record the adoption of the budget and any amendments in the Board meeting minutes in which the adoption occurs. SECTION 1.6. Post-Adoption. After the adoption of the budget the Superintendent and the Board shall review actual fund disbursements compared to the adopted budget and make amendments as needed. This shall occur soon after actual student enrollment is determined. SECTION 2. Fiscal Compliance The Superintendent shall ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY complies with all state and federal laws and rules concerning the budget and related processes of the school, including but not limited to, laws and rules concerning online budget posting and financial solvency.
3 USE OF STATE FUNDS The governing body ( Board ) of UTPB STEM ACADEMY adopts the following policy which shall be effective on the date that the policy is adopted by the Board. SECTION 1. Use of State Funds The Superintendent of UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall ensure that the school uses state funds only for lawful purposes. SECTION 2. Prohibition Against Co-mingling of Charter & Non-Charter Business The Superintendent shall ensure that the business activities of UTPB STEM ACADEMY that are not directly related to the management and operation of UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall be kept in a separate and distinct accounting, auditing, budgeting, reporting, and recordkeeping systems from those recording the business activities of UTPB STEM ACADEMY. CHARTER BOARD POLICY SECTION 3. Interested Transactions SECTION 3.1. Each member of the Board shall comply with all conflict of interest laws and rules applicable to affected board members. SECTION 3.2. The Superintendent shall ensure that the employees of UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall comply with all conflict of interest laws and rules applicable to affected employees. SECTION 3.3. The Superintendent shall ensure that the following shall be recorded in the accounting, auditing, budgeting, reporting, and recordkeeping systems for the management and operation of the school: a. Financial transactions between the school and the non-charter activities of the charter holder; b. Financial transactions between the school and an officer or employee of the charter holder or the school; c. Financial transactions between the school and a member of the governing body of the charter holder or the school; d. Financial transactions between the school and a management company charged with managing the finances of a school; and e. Financial transactions between the school and any other person or entity in a position of influence over the charter holder or the school.
4 STATE FISCAL COMPLIANCE (TCSA NOTE: POLICY ON THIS SUBJECT LEGALLY REQUIRED) The governing body ( Board ) of UTPB STEM ACADEMY adopts the following policy which shall be effective on the date that the policy is adopted by the Board. SECTION 1. Fiscal Year The UTPB STEM ACADEMY Board adopts September 1st as the fiscal year for UTPB STEM ACADEMY. SECTION 2. Financial Accounting SECTION 2.1. Compliance. The Superintendent shall ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY fully complies with: generally accepted accounting principles, Texas Education Agency s ( TEA ) Financial Accountability System Resource Guide, TEA s Student Attendance Accounting Handbook, Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS), and any other applicable federal or state standards for financial management systems. CHARTER BOARD POLICY SECTION 2.2. Financial Reporting. The Superintendent, or designee, shall make an accurate, current, and complete disclosure of financially assisted activities in accordance with financial reporting requirements of each grant or subgrant. SECTION 2.3. Accounting Records. The Superintendent, or designee, shall maintain records that adequately identify the source and application of funds provided for activities assisted with state or federal funds. SECTION 2.4. Internal Control. The Superintendent, or designee, shall maintain effective control and accountability of all federal grant and sub-grant cash, real and personal property, and other assets obtained with federal funds. The Superintendent, or designee, shall safeguard all such property and assure that it is used solely for authorized purposes. SECTION 3. Grant Management Standards SECTION 3.1. Compliance. If UTPB STEM ACADEMY receives a grant directly from a state or federal agency the Superintendent shall ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY is in compliance with the grant requirements of that state or federal agency. SECTION 3.2. Employee Time Sheet. If an UTPB STEM ACADEMY employee s compensation is funded by any grant, the Superintendent shall ensure that the employee maintains a time sheet on which he or she records the time spent during the work day along with a description of the service he or she performed during that time. SECTION 3.3. Signature. The Superintendent shall ensure that the time sheets will contain the signatures of the employee that completed the time sheet, a school official, and the UTPB STEM ACADEMY s grant manager. SECTION 4. Annual Audit by the Charter SECTION 4.1. Annual Audit. Annually, the President of the Board for UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall ensure the engagement of a certified public accountant ( CPA ) to have
5 the financial and programmatic operations of UTPB STEM ACADEMY audited. UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall select and contract only with CPAs that are licensed by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and registered as a provider of public accounting services. SECTION 4.2. Filing with TEA. The Superintendent shall ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY timely files a copy of the annual audit report with the TEA division responsible for school financial audits. The report shall include a certificate of the Board which will include the original signatures of both the presiding officer and the secretary of the Board. The certificate shall indicate if the Board approved or disapproved the contents of the report along with the date of the Board s approval or disapproval. This approval or disapproval shall be supported in the Board s meeting minutes. The Superintendent shall ensure that if the Board disapproved the audit, it shall still be filed with TEA along with a statement identifying the reason(s) for Board disapproval. CHARTER BOARD POLICY SECTION 4.3. Disclosure of Interest. On behalf of the UTPB STEM ACADEMY, the Superintendent shall ensure that all persons with a substantial interest in a management company are separately disclosed in the annual audit. SECTION 5. Annual Financial Statement SECTION 5.1. Annual Financial Statement. The Superintendent of UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, an annual financial statement for each fund subject to the authority of the Board during the fiscal year showing: a. the total receipts of the fund, itemized by source of revenue, including taxes, assessments, service charges, grants of state money, gifts, or other general sources from which funds are derived; b. the total disbursements of the fund, itemized by the nature of the expenditure; and c. the balance in the fund at the close of the fiscal year. SECTION 5.2 Posting of Annual Financial Statement. The Superintendent, or designee of UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall ensure that the annual financial statement is posted continuously on the school s Internet website. SECTION 6. Annual Financial Management Report SECTION 6.1. The Superintendent shall ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY complies with the reporting procedures TEA develops for charter holders to prepare and distribute the school s annual financial management report. SECTION 7. Audit by the Commissioner SECTION 7.1. UTPB STEM ACADEMY and its officers, employees and agents shall fully cooperate with an audit by the commissioner of education and will take all actions necessary to secure the cooperation of a management company.
6 SECTION 8. Attendance Accounting SECTION 8.1. Compliance. The Superintendent shall ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY complies with the TEA Student Attendance Accounting Handbook and all other laws and rules concerning charter school student attending accounting, reporting, and record keeping. SECTION 8.2. Responsibility. The Superintendent, chief campus leaders, and teachers of UTPB STEM ACADEMY will be responsible to the Board of UTPB STEM ACADEMY and to the state to maintain accurate, current student attendance records; SECTION 8.3. When Attendance is Taken. Attendance at UTPB STEM ACADEMY will be determined by 9:30 AM. Unless a student absent at that time is participating in an activity that meets the conditions set out in TAC (j), that student cannot be counted in attendance for FSP funding purposes. UTPB STEM ACADEMY will not change the established period in which absences are recorded during the school year; CHARTER BOARD POLICY SECTION 9. PEIMS Data Standard SECTION 9.1. PEIMS. The Superintendent shall ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY s fiscal accounting system is compatible with PEIMS data standards and conforms to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. SECTION 9.2. Account Code Structure. The Superintendent shall ensure that, with the exception of the codes that may be used at local option, UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall use the account code structure described in TEA s Special Supplement to the Financial Accountability System Resource Guide, Nonprofit Charter School of Accounts.
7 FEDERAL FISCAL COMPLIANCE The governing body ( Board ) of UTPB STEM ACADEMY adopts the following policy which shall be effective on the date that the policy is adopted by the Board. SECTION 1. Fiscal Requirements under Title I, Part A of NCLB ( Title I ) SECTION 1.1. Supplement not Supplant. The Superintendent shall ensure that Title I funds will be used to supplement, not supplant regular non-federal funds. SECTION 1.2. Documentation. Documentation shall be maintained, or caused to be maintained, by the Superintendent. The documentation must clearly demonstrate the supplementary nature of federal funds. CHARTER BOARD POLICY SECTION 1.3. Campus Improvement Plan. The Superintendent shall ensure that Title I funds used by UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall be aligned to the campus improvement plan. There shall be no costs expended that are not directly related to the campus improvement plan. a. A comprehensive needs assessment shall be conducted that will inform the drafting of the campus improvement plan. The campus improvement plan shall be aligned to the needs assessment and only needs that can be met with current funding levels shall be addressed in the campus improvement plan. b. New goals shall be added as new money is identified. c. The Superintendent shall ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall conduct the needs assessment and campus improvement plan prior to any grant application. SECTION 2. Federal Grant Allowable Expenditures SECTION 2.1. OMB Circulars. Prior to expending funds, the Superintendent shall ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY consults the appropriate OMB Circular, applicable to open-enrollment charter schools, to determine what costs are allowable. The Superintendent shall ensure that all grant funds are expended in accordance with the circular. SECTION 3. Time and Effort SECTION 3.1. Employee Time Sheet. If an UTPB STEM ACADEMY employee s compensation is funded by any grant, the Superintendent shall ensure that the employee maintains a time sheet on which he or she records the time spent during the work day along with a description of the service he or she performed during that time. SECTION 3.2. Signature. The Superintendent shall ensure that the time sheets contain the signatures of the employee that completed the time sheet, a school official, and the UTPB STEM ACADEMY s grant manager. SECTION 4. Charter Schools Program (CSP), NCLB Title V, Part B SECTION 4.1. Compliance. If UTPB STEM ACADEMY receives CSP grants, the Superintendent shall en- sure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall comply and use the federal funds in accordance with all statutes, regulations, and approved applications.
8 SECTION 4.2. Fiscal Control. The Superintendent shall directly administer or supervise the administration of any projects funding through CSP funds, and shall use fiscal control and fund accounting procedures that ensure proper disbursement of, and accounting for, federal funds. SECTION 4.3. Conflicts of Interest. UTPB STEM ACADEMY Board members and employees shall avoid apparent and actual conflicts of interest. An individual is prohibited from participating in an administrative decision regarding a project funded through CSP funds if the decision is likely to benefit that person or an immediate family member and the person is a public official or has a family or business relationship with UTPB STEM ACADEMY. A person is prohibited from participating in a project to use his or her position for a purpose that is, or gives the appearance of being, motivated by a desire for a private or financial gain for that person or for others. CHARTER BOARD POLICY SECTION 4.4. Procurement. When using CSP funds to enter into a contract for equipment or services the Superintendent, or the Superintendent s designee, shall comply with the applicable federal procurement standards. No Board member, employee, officer, or agent of UTPB STEM ACADEMY may participate in the selection, award, or administration of any contract supported by federal funds if a real or apparent conflict of interest exists. SECTION 5. Use of Federal Grant Funds for Procurement SECTION 5.1. Compliance. When expending federal grant funds, The Superintendent, or the Superintendent s designee shall ensure compliance by UTPB STEM ACADEMY s employees, officers, and agents with all applicable federal and state procurement standards and policies. Violations of applicable laws or policies may lead to disciplinary consequences including and up to termination of employment or removal from any officer position if applicable. The Superintendent shall ensure compliance with the following provisions: a. The purchase of unnecessary items will be avoided; b. The solicitation of bids or offers must provide a clear and accurate description of the requirements to be fulfilled by the bidder, technical requirements to be performed including the minimum acceptable standards, specific features of brand name or equal descriptions that bidders are required to meet, the acceptance of products and services dimensioned in the metric system of measurement, a preference, where economically feasible, for products that conserve natural resources, protect the environment, and are energy efficient; c. Positive efforts shall be made to utilize small businesses, minority-owned firms, and women s business enterprises whenever possible; d. The type of procurement instruments used (e.g. purchase orders) must be appropriate for the particular procurement; e. Contracts are made only with responsible contractors who possess the potential ability to perform successfully under the terms and conditions of the proposed procurement;
9 f. Procurement documents shall be made available, upon request, to appropriate government officials when: i. Procurement procedures fail to comply with the standards in this section; ii. The procurement is expected to exceed the small purchase threshold (currently $25,000) and is to be awarded without a competitive bidding process or there is only one bid received in response to a solicitation; iii. The procurement which is expected to exceed the small purchase threshold, specifies a brand name product; CHARTER BOARD POLICY iv. The proposed award over the small purchase threshold is to be awarded to a bidder under a sealed bid procurement; or v. A proposed contract modification changes the scope of a contract or increases the contract amount by more than the amount of the small purchase threshold. SECTION 5.2. Open and Free Competition. The Superintendent shall ensure that all procurement transactions are conducted in a manner that provides open and free competition. Awards must be made to the bidder/offeror whose bid/offer is responsive to the solicitation and is most advantageous to UTPB STEM ACADEMY, considering price, quality, and other relevant factors deemed appropriate by the Superintendent. SECTION 5.3. Conflicts of Interest. The Superintendent shall ensure that no employee, officer, or agent of UTPB STEM ACADEMY, who has a real or apparent conflict of interest, participates in the selection, award, or administration of a contract supported by federal funds. Employees, officers, and agents may also not solicit or accept favors, gratuities, or anything of monetary value from contractors or their agents. SECTION 5.4. Record Documentation. The Superintendent shall ensure there is a cost or price analysis made and documented with every procurement action. He/she shall also ensure the evaluation of the contractor performance and document whether the contractor has met the terms, conditions, and specifications of the contract. Procurement records for purchases over the small purchase threshold shall also contain the following information: a. The basis for contractor selection; b. The justification for lack of competition when competitive bids or offers are not obtained; and c. The basis for award cost or price. SECTION 5.5. Mandated Contract Provisions. The Superintendent shall ensure that all legally mandated provisions are included in each procurement contract.
10 SECTION 6. Breakfast Program Child Nutrition Programs SECTION 6.1. National School Breakfast Program Participation. If at least 10 percent of enrolled students in UTPB STEM ACADEMY are eligible for free or reduced-price breakfasts under the national school breakfast program, provided for by the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, the UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall participate in the program and make the benefits of the program available to all eligible students. This requirement will be in effect unless the Board has obtained a waiver from the Commissioner for the applicable school year. Unless the Board has obtained a waiver from the Commissioner for the applicable school year, if at least 80 percent or more of the students in UTPB STEM ACADEMY qualify for a free or reduced-price breakfast under the National School Breakfast Program, UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall provide a free breakfast to every student at the school. CHARTER BOARD POLICY The Superintendent shall ensure the school s compliance with all federal and state rules governing administration of the National School Breakfast Program.
11 CASH MANAGEMENT & CREDIT CARD PROCEDURES The governing body ( Board ) of UTPB STEM ACADEMY adopts the following policy which shall be effective on the date that the policy is adopted by the Board. School funds are public funds. Consequently, all expenditures of school funds, including cash expenditures, shall be documented and accounted for by daily receipts. As a general rule, cash will not be used to make purchases except from petty cash, as described below. School checks shall not be made payable to Cash. CHARTER BOARD POLICY The Superintendent of UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall ensure that appropriate separation of duties are complied with in the handling of all money transactions, including reconciliation. SECTION 1. Accounting for Cash Transactions SECTION 1.1. Documentation. All cash transactions shall be recorded in writing, such as by hand written receipt, which shall be signed and dated by the individual who receives the cash. Staff members who receive or collect money from parents or teachers shall document from whom the money was received and in what amount. A copy of the receipt shall be kept with the cash received. Such money shall be submitted to the Finance Manager on the same school day as it is received for deposit. SECTION 1.2. Depositing Cash. The Superintendent shall be responsible for ensuring that cash received is deposited in UTPB STEM ACADEMY s bank account. Deposits shall be made whenever cash receipts total $500, or, at a minimum, weekly. A copy of the validated deposit slip shall be returned to the school on same day the deposit is made or the next day after the deposit is made. SECTION 1.3. Petty Cash. Petty cash shall be maintained in a locked box in each campus principal s office in an amount not to exceed $500. All disbursements from petty cash shall be documented in writing, indicating the date, amount disbursed, the identity of the individual receiving the funds, and the reason for the disbursement. Receipts from purchases made with petty cash shall be remitted to the campus principal s office as soon as practicable. Petty cash funds shall not be used to cash checks. SECTION 2. Checks SECTION 2.1. UTPB STEM ACADEMY Checks. Any authorized check drafted on UTPB STEM ACADEMY s bank account over $50,000 shall have two authorized check signers. The following UTPB STEM ACADEMY officers are authorized to sign checks from UTPB STEM ACADEMY s bank account on behalf of UTPB STEM ACADEMY: UTPB VP of Business Affairs and that individual s designee(s). Each check must be completed in its entirety before it is signed by either party. SECTION 2.2. Checks Received. Checks received shall be endorsed for deposit only and shall either be deposited when the total amount is at least $500 or at least weekly, whichever is more frequent. SECTION 2.3. Check Requests. Services or products rendered, reimbursement requests with original receipts, or mileage reimbursements may receive payment with a check. A check request form must be completed by the requestor and approved with a signature by
12 the UTPB VP of Business Affairs and that individual s designee(s). The check request form shall contain the name of the payee, the date the check is requested to be written, the amount of the check, a brief description for the issuance of the check, and the funding source that will be drawn from. Checks made payable to Cash are prohibited. The check request shall then be submitted to the Finance Manager for processing. All check request forms shall be maintained by the district administrative assistant in the administrative offices. SECTION 2.4. Check Acceptance Policy. Parents of students enrolled at UTPB STEM ACADEMY and employees of UTPB STEM ACADEMY must receive prior notice from UTPB STEM ACADEMY that in the event a check they have submitted to UTPB STEM ACADEMY is returned for insufficient funds, or any other reason, UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall collect from the check maker the amount originally due in addition to any fee assessed to UTPB STEM ACADEMY by the bank because of the returned check. SECTION 3. Paying Bills with State or Federal Grant Funds SECTION 3.1. Grant funds shall not be requested from the Texas Education Agency until UTPB STEM ACADEMY is prepared to pay any outstanding balances within three days from when the funds are deposited in UTPB STEM ACADEMY s bank account. The Superintendent shall ensure that all bills, including payroll and related withholding taxes, shall be paid by UTPB STEM ACADEMY within three working days from when such funds are deposited in UTPB STEM ACADEMY s bank account. SECTION 4. Bank Reconciliations The Superintendent or Superintendent s designee is responsible for bank reconciliations a minimum of once a month. Each UTPB STEM ACADEMY bank statement, assets, and liabilities shall be reconciled to both the checkbook and the general ledger. SECTION 5. Credit Card Procedures Only the following are authorized to use the UTPB STEM ACADEMY credit card: Superintendent, Principal, District Administrative Assistant. This activity shall ultimately be governed by UT System or UTPB policy. All authorized users of the UTPB STEM ACADEMY credit card assume the responsibilities pertaining to the use and reconciliation of the credit card. The UTPB STEM ACADEMY credit card shall only be used for school business expenditures. It may not be used for personal purchases and/or cash transactions and shall be maintained by the highest level of security.
13 Employees issued an UTPB STEM ACADEMY credit card must receive prior, documented approval from the Superintendent or designee before the use of the credit card. Each credit card transaction by any user must be accompanied by appropriate documentation such as original receipts documenting each transaction. SECTION 6. Activity Funds SECTION 6.1. Parent/Volunteer Groups. The Superintendent, or Superintendent s designee, shall develop procedures for parent and school volunteer groups to follow in the collection of funds. Such procedures should distinguish between what the school is collecting and what the parent group is collecting. See Texas Education Code for allowable fees that may be collected by UTPB STEM ACADEMY. CHARTER BOARD POLICY SECTION 6.2. Activity Expenditures. The following individual(s) is/are authorized to approve activity expenditures: Superintendent, Principal, and/or those approved by UT System or UTPB policy.
14 ACCOUNTING FOR CAPITAL ASSETS The governing body ( Board ) of UTPB STEM ACADEMY adopts the following policy which shall be effective on the date that the policy is adopted by the Board. SECTION 1 SECTION 1.1. Capital Asset. A capital asset for UTPB STEM ACADEMY is an asset that is: a. Tangible in nature; b. Has a life that exceeds one year; CHARTER BOARD POLICY c. Is valued at $5,000 per unit; and d. Is reasonably identified and controlled through a physical inventory system. SECTION 1.2. Documentation. The Superintendent shall ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY maintains accurate records of capital assets in accordance with applicable rules. SECTION 1.3. Inventory. The Superintendent will ensure that a physical inventory of capital assets takes place once every two years in accordance with rules. SECTION 1.4. Financial and Compliance Report. For purposes of the Financial and Compliance Report, the Superintendent shall ensure that the report includes: a. An exhibit in the financial and compliance report identifying all capital assets and the ownership interest of local, state, and federal parties; or b. A statement that all property acquired during the term of the UTPB STEM ACADEMY, and all property presently held by UTPB STEM ACADEMY, may be considered public property.
15 INVESTMENT OF STATE FUNDS The governing body ( Board ) of UTPB STEM ACADEMY adopts the following policy which shall be effective on the date that the policy is adopted by the Board. SECTION 1. The Superintendent shall ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY invests state funds in accordance with applicable state law and rules. The investment of state funds shall be made with judgment and care and not for speculation, but for investment, considering the probable safety of capital and the probable derived income. SECTION 2. Investment Management Firm and/or Officer. The Superintendent may determine to recommend to the Board to contract with an investment management firm that is registered under the appropriate governmental entities to provide for the investment and management of the funds. Such a contract shall not exceed two years. If the Board determines to renew any such contract the board shall issue the appropriate order or resolution. CHARTER BOARD POLICY SECTION 3. Discrete Maintenance of Records. The Superintendent shall ensure that all investments will be maintained in a discrete, charter investment account, separate from any other of UTPB STEM ACADEMY s accounts. SECTION 4. Investments. The following investments have received approval by the Board for the one year period from 8/1/2014 through 7/31/2015 None at this time.
16 PAYROLL SECTION 1.1. Accurate & Timely Payroll. The Superintendent shall ensure that school employees are paid accurately and timely in accordance with applicable laws and rules SECTION 2.2. Paydays. a. Exempt Employees. The paydays for exempt employees shall be on the first business day of a calendar month. b. Non-exempt Employees. The paydays for non-exempt employees shall be on the first day of a calendar month or the first Monday after the first day of a calendar month if the first day of a calendar month falls on a Saturday or a Sunday. CHARTER BOARD POLICY c. SECTION 2.3. Withholding of Wages. The Superintendent shall ensure that the wages of school employees are not withheld except as expressly required or expressly permitted by applicable laws and rules.
17 PROPERTY The governing body ( Board ) of UTPB STEM ACADEMY adopts the following policy which shall be effective on the date that the policy is adopted by the Board. SECTION 1. Public Property Held in Trust SECTION 1.1. Public Property. An interest in real estate or personal property acquired, improved, or maintained using state funds that were received by UTPB STEM ACADEMY on, or after, September 1, 2001, is public property for all purposes under state law. SECTION 1.2. Public Property Held in Trust. Public property is held by the UTPB STEM ACADEMY in trust for the benefit of enrolled students. CHARTER BOARD POLICY SECTION 2. Use of Public Property SECTION 2.1. Allowable Use. The Superintendent shall ensure that public property shall only be used for a purpose for which a school district may use school district property and only to implement a program that is described in the open-enrollment charter and is consistent with the Texas Education Code The Superintendent also shall ensure that UTPB STEM ACADEMY employees, agents, contractors, and management companies do not use or apply public property for any purpose but a program described in UTPB STEM ACADEMY s charter. SECTION 2.2. Exception to Allowable Use. Employees of UTPB STEM ACADEMY may use local telephone service, cellular phones, electronic mail, Internet connections, and [include additional usage at the discretion of the charter holder.] for incidental personal use under the following conditions: a. Such incidental personal use must not result in any direct cost paid with state funds. If this does happen, the Superintendent shall ensure that the employee which caused the direct cost to be incurred by UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall reimburse UTPB STEM ACADEMY; b. Such incidental personal use shall not impede the functions of UTPB STEM ACADEMY; c. The use of public property for private commercial purposes is strictly prohibited; and d. Only incidental amounts of an employee s time for personal matters, comparable to reasonable coffee breaks during the day, are authorized under this section. SECTION 2.3. Violations of Section 2. SECTION Employee Violations. The Superintendent shall ensure that a violation of Section 2 of this policy by an employee of UTPB STEM ACADEMY shall have disciplinary consequences which may include termination of employment.
18 SECTION Contractor Violations. The Superintendent shall ensure that each contract between UTPB STEM ACADEMY and another party includes language stating the allowable use of public property and that a violation of the allowable use may lead to termination of a contract. If a contract is terminated based on a violation of Section 2 of this policy UTPB STEM ACADEMY will compensate the entity for services performed as required by law. SECTION 2.4 Joint Use of Real Property. The Board President shall ensure that the Board takes a separate vote to approve any joint use of real property for charter and non-charter activities. In the meeting minutes of the vote approving the joint use, the Board Secretary shall ensure that the minutes set forth the methodology used to allocate shared costs and the percentage allocation basis between charter and non-charter activities. CHARTER BOARD POLICY SECTION 3. LEASE OF [UTPB STEM ACADEMY] FACILITIES UTPB STEM ACADEMY may lease its facilities to various organizations such as those that are educational, religious, or civic in nature. However, the availability of facilities for lease by out- side entities will depend on UTPB STEM ACADEMY s own needs and convenience.
19 PURCHASING & CONTRACTING The governing body ( Board ) of UTPB STEM ACADEMY adopts the following policy which shall be effective on the date that the policy is adopted by the Board. Anything below is valid except as contradicted by UT System or UTPB policy. In the presence of a contradiction, UT System and UTPB policy will serve as the policy basis. Section 1. Public Works Contracts SECTION 1.1 Applicable Law. In awarding contracts that will involve the construction, repair, or renovation of a structure, road, highway, or other improvement or addition to real property, the UTPB STEM ACADEMY, will comply with Chapter 44 of the Texas Education Code. The Superintendent shall ensure that all applicable advertisement notice bid requirements are satisfied. CHARTER BOARD POLICY SECTION 1.2. Bidding Threshold. The Superintendent shall engage the applicable law when an expenditure of more than $50,000 in public funds is required. SECTION 1.3. Contract Award. The Superintendent shall make a recommendation to the Board concerning the award of a public works projects bid pursuant to this policy. In determining the contract award, the Board may take into account several factors, including: a. The safety record of the bidder; b. Whether the bidder, its employees, and agents have relevant and mandatory licensures/registrations; c. Complaints and/or accident reports to relevant local and/or state agencies; d. The purchase price; e. The reputation of the bidder and of the bidder s goods or services; f. The quality of the bidder s good or services; g. The extent to which the goods or services meet UTPB STEM ACADEMY needs; h. The bidder s past relationship with UTPB STEM ACADEMY;
20 i. The impact on the ability of UTPB STEM ACADEMY to comply with the laws and rules relating to historically underutilized businesses; j. The total long-term cost to UTPB STEM ACADEMY to acquire the bidder s goods or services; and k. Any other relevant factor specifically listed in the request for bids or proposals. l. Any existing laws, including any criteria, related to historically underutilized businesses; and CHARTER BOARD POLICY m. Any existing laws or rules related to the use of women, minority, small, or disadvantaged businesses. Section 1.4. Definition of Safety Record. The safety record includes a bidder s Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection log for the last three years, a loss analysis from the bidder s insurance career, any known safety violations on previous projects, and a loss history covering all lines of insurance coverage by the bidder. SECTION 2. Professional Services SECTION 2.1. Applicable Law. The Superintendent shall ensure that professional service providers are selected in accordance with the applicable law. SECTION 3. Cooperative Purchasing Programs The Superintendent shall ensure full compliance with all applicable law and rules if UTPB STEM ACADEMY has amended its charter to enter into a cooperative purchasing program. SECTION 4. Other Purchasing and Contracting Section 4.1 Appropriate Value. In awarding contracts for goods and services that are not governed by Sections 1, 2, or 3 of this policy, the Superintendent shall ensure that the UTPB STEM ACADEMY receives appropriate value for the expenditure. Section 4.2. Competitive Process Threshold. In an expenditure of school funds for a contract awarded under Section 4.1 will exceed $50,000, then the Superintendent shall engage a competitive process before selecting a person or entity to which to make the award. Section 4.3. Purchase Order Required. The Superintendent shall establish procedures identifying a purchase order process as the method for purchasing or expending funds. Approval for a purchase or expenditure of funds must be obtained by all UTPB STEM ACADEMY personnel through approved UTPB processes before the purchase or expenditure of funds is made.
21 Section 5. Board Approval Required For any contract or purchase made pursuant to this policy, the board of directors shall approve all contracts valued above $50,000. The Superintendent does not have authority to bind the board of directors or the UTPB STEM ACADEMY to any contract for goods and services valued above $50,000. Any contract or purchase valued above this amount that is not approved by the UTPB STEM ACADEMY board of directors is void and ineffective. Section 6. State Travel Management Program Board members, officers, and employees, engaged in travel on official business of UTPB STEM ACADEMY, shall utilize the Texas Comptroller s State Travel Management Program where it provides a better value for UTPB STEM ACADEMY. CHARTER BOARD POLICY
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