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Atascadero USD |  BP  3400  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Management Of District Assets/Accounts   

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The Superintendent or designee shall establish and maintain accurate, efficient financial management systems to meet the district's fiscal obligations, produce useful information for financial reports, and safeguard the district's resources. He/she shall ensure that the district's accounting system provides ongoing internal controls and meets generally accepted accounting standards.

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

(cf. 3300 - Expenditures/Expending Authority)

(cf. 3312 - Contracts)

(cf. 3460 - Financial Reports and Accountability)

Capital Assets

The Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of accurately identifying and valuing district assets in order to help ensure financial accountability and to minimize the risk of loss or misuse. District assets with a useful life of more than one year and an initial acquisition cost of $5,000 or more shall be considered capital assets. The Superintendent or designee shall determine the estimated useful life of each capital asset and shall calculate and report the estimated loss of value, or depreciation, during each accounting period for all capital assets.

(cf. 3440 - Inventories)

Fraud Prevention and Investigation

The Board expects all employees, Board members, consultants, vendors, contractors and other parties maintaining a business relationship with the district to act with integrity and due diligence in duties involving the district's fiscal resources.

The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for developing internal controls which aid in the prevention and detection of fraud, financial impropriety or irregularity within the district. Each member of the management team shall be alert for any indication of fraud, financial impropriety or irregularity within his/her area of responsibility.

An employee who suspects fraud, impropriety or irregularity shall immediately report those suspicions to his/her immediate supervisor and/or the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall have primary responsibility for any necessary investigations, in coordination with legal counsel and other internal or external departments and agencies as appropriate.

(cf. 4119.1/4219.1/4319.1 - Civil and Legal Rights)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

14500-14508 Financial and compliance audits

35035 Powers and duties of superintendent

35250 Duty to keep certain records and reports

41010-41023 Accounting regulations, budget controls and audits

42600-42604 Control of expenditures

42647 Drawing of warrants by district on county treasurer; form; reports, statements and other data

GOVERNMENT CODE

53995-53997 Obligation of contract

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Maximizing School Board Leadership: Finance, 1996

GOVERNMENTAL ACCOUNTING STANDARDS BOARD

Statement 34, Basic Financial Statements - and Management's Discussion and Analysis - For State and Local Governments, June 1999

WEB SITES

Governmental Accounting Standards Board: http://www.gasb.org

CDE, School Fiscal Services: http://www.cde.ca.gov/fiscal

State Controller's Office: http://www.sco.ca.gov

Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team: http://www.fcmat.org

School Services of California: http://www.sscal.com

California Association of School Business Officials: http://www.casbo.org

Policy ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: February 7, 2006 Atascadero, California