Program Planning, Budget Preparation, Adoption and Implementation - 7110
A district's annual budget is tangible evidence of the Board's commitment toward fulfilling the aims and objectives of the instructional program and providing for the efficient and effective operation of the District. The budget expresses in specific terms the services to be provided, consistent with immediate and long-range goals and resources available and establishes priorities within broad program areas such as basic education, other separately funded programs and support services. Each year, a budget will be prepared for the ensuing fiscal year. The budget will set forth the complete financial plan of the District for the ensuing fiscal year.
Prior to presentation of the proposed budget for adoption, the Superintendent will prepare for the Board's study and consideration appropriate documentation supporting their recommendations, which will be designed to meet the needs of students within the limits of anticipated revenues consistent with reasonable management practices.
Program planning and budget development will provide for staff participation and the sharing of information with patrons prior to action by the Board.
For purposes of budget development and adoption, a minimum three percent (3%) General Fund unassigned ending fund balance will be maintained. This three percent (3%) is measured as a function of revenue. In addition, administrative costs will be limited to twelve percent (12.0%) of General Fund expenditures. Administrative costs are designated by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Auditor's Office, and are defined by the Accounting Manual for Public School Districts in the State of Washington. Changes in these designations and/or definitions will require automatic review, and if needed, revision to this limit.
Within the Capital Projects Fund, proceeds from property sales will be held in Fund Balance "Committed to other Purposes" to a maximum of one million dollars.
The District fiscal year will begin September 1 each year and will continue through August 31 of the succeeding calendar year.
Budget Preparation, Notice, and Submission to ESD and OSPI
On or before the tenth day of July each year, the District will prepare the budget for the ensuing fiscal year. The annual budget development process will include the development or update of a four-year budget plan that includes a four-year enrollment projection. The four-year budget plan must include an estimate of funding necessary to maintain the continuing costs of program and service levels and any existing supplemental contract obligations.
The completed budget must include a summary of the four-year budget plan and set forth the complete financial plan of the District for the ensuing fiscal year.
Upon completion of the budget, the District will electronically publish a notice stating that the District has completed the budget, posted it electronically, placed it on file in the District Administration Office, and that a copy of the budget and a summary of the four-year budget plan will be furnished to any person who calls upon the District for it.
By July 10, the District will submit a copy of the budget and four-year budget plan to its Educational Service District (ESD) and to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for review and comment, unless the Superintendent of Public Instruction has delayed the date because the state operating budget was not adopted by June 1.
Budget Notice, Hearing, Adoption, and Filing
The Board of Directors will meet to fix and adopt the budget for the ensuing fiscal year by August 31. The District will provide notice of the meeting. The notice will designate the date, time, and place of the meeting. The notice will also state that any person may appear at the meeting and be heard for or against any part of the budget, the four-year budget plan, or any proposed changes to uses of enrichment funding. The District will publish the notice electronically and will publish it at least once each week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the District (or if there is none in the District, in a newspaper of general circulation in the county or counties in which the District is a part). The last notice will be published no later than seven days before the meeting.
On the day given in the notice, the Board of Directors will meet at the time and place designated. At the meeting, the Board of Directors will fix and determine the appropriation from each fund contained in the budget separately; will by resolution adopt the budget, the four-year budget plan summary, and the four-year enrollment projection; and will record its action in the official minutes. Copies of the budget as adopted will be filed with the Educational Service District no later than September 3 and filed with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction by September 10.
The Board places responsibility with the Superintendent or designee for administering the operating budget, once adopted. All actions of the Superintendent or designee in executing the programs and/or activities as set forth in the adopted operating budget are authorized subject to the following provisions:
- Expenditure of funds for the employment and assignment of staff meet the legal requirements of the state of Washington and adopted Board policies;
- Funds held in reserve accounts (General fund #810-890) for self-insurance and other such contingencies may not be expended unless approved for purposes designated by the Board;
- Complete listing of expenditures for supplies, materials and services is presented for Board approval and/or ratification;
- Purchases are made according to the legal requirements of the state of Washington and adopted Board policy;
- Funds may be transferred from one budget classification to another subject to such restrictions as may be imposed by the Board;
- The Superintendent or designee will be responsible for establishing procedures to authorize and control the payroll operations of the District; and
- Financial reports are submitted to the Board each month.
RCW 28A.300.060 Studies and adoption of classifications for school district budgets--Publication
RCW 28A.320.010 Corporate Powers
RCW 28A.320.020 Liability for debts and judgments
RCW 28A.320.090 Preparing & distributing information on district's instructional program, operation and maintenance--Limitation
RCW 28A.330.100 Additional powers of the Board
RCW 28A.400.300 Hiring and discharging employees — Written leave policies — Seniority and leave benefits of employees transferring between school districts and other educational employers
RCW 28A.400.240 Deferred compensation plan for school district or educational service district employees—Limitations
RCW 28A.400.250 Tax deferred annuities—Regulated company stock
RCW 28A.400.280 Employee benefits—Employer contributions—Optional benefits—Annual report
RCW 28A.405.400 Payroll deductions authorized for employees
RCW 28A.405.410 Payroll deductions authorized for certificated employees—Savings
RCW 28A.505.040 Budget – Notice of completion – Copies – Reviewed by ESD
RCW 28A.505.050 Budget – Notice of meeting to adopt
RCW 28A.505.060 Budget – Hearing and adoption of – Copies filed with ESDs
RCW 28A.505.080 Budget – Disposition of copies
RCW 28A.505.150 Budgeted expenditures as appropriations – Interim expenditures -Transfer between budgeted class – Liability for nonbudgeted expenditures
RCW 28A.510 Apportionment to District--District Accounting
RCW 41.04.020 Public employees—Payroll deductions authorized
RCW 41.04.035 Salary and wage deductions for contributions to charitable agencies—United Fund defined—Includes Washington state combined fund drive
RCW 41.04.036 Salary and wage deductions for contributions to charitable agencies—Deduction and payment to United Fund or Washington state combined fund drive—Rules, procedures
RCW 41.04.230 Payroll deductions authorized
RCW 41.04.233 Payroll deductions for capitation payment to health maintenance organizations
RCW 41.04.245 Payroll deductions to a bank, savings bank, credit union, or savings and loan association
RCW Chapter 28A.510 Apportionment to District — District Accounting
WAC 392-123-054 Time Schedule for Budget
Adoption Date: January 12, 1998
Revised: February 22, 1999
Revised: May 10, 1999
Revised: July 19, 1999
Revised: November 8, 2010
Revised: February 13, 2024