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Nick Griswold, Director Financial Services | South Redford School District October 20121Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South.

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2 Nick Griswold, Director Financial Services | South Redford School District October 20121Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

3 Bachelor of Science, Accountancy Chief Financial Officer Certification Been in the District 4 years Internships with University, ISD, and LEA accounting departments. During internships audited internal departments for LEA and University. October 20122Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

4 1. It is the districts opinion that district support organizations are self-governing entities that are not under the direct supervision and control of the district. 2. As independent organizations, district support organizations need to establish their own internal controls to protect their organizations reputation and the reputations of their members. 3. The information in this presentation is not a substitute for obtaining professional assistance when prudent. 4. Conducting this presentation or any other support provided by the district does not make the district liable for the actions of the district support organizations. October 20123Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

5 What are internal controls and how to document them. Financial best practices for district support organizations. How to coordinate to leverage district resources. Q & A October 20124Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

6 What are they? | Why do we need them? | How do we document them? October 20125Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

7 Definition Internal control is a process effected by an entitys board of directors, management and other personnel, designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the achievement of objectives in the following categories: 1) effectiveness and efficiency of operations 2) reliability of financial reporting Fundamental Concepts Internal control is a process. Internal control is affected by people. Internal control can be expected to provide only reasonable assurance. Internal control is geared to the achievement of objectives. Courtesy: Understanding Internal Control and Internal Control Services, AICPA, September 2009 [Ratcliffe, Landes] October 20126Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

8 How do we document internal controls? No wrong answers. Make the process usable for your organization. Ensure that processes are being followed after they are documented. Excerpt from South Redford Business Office Manual: October Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

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10 Each booster group should elect a treasurer who will keep financial records for the booster group. The treasurer should also be one of two co- signers on a booster group bank account check. The treasurer's records should show the amount of money earned from each fundraiser, a record of each deposit made and each check issued by the treasurer. No individual should realize personal gain from funds raised to benefit students. October 20129Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

11 The booster group governing body should develop an annual budget. The budget should reflect established goals and should be developed collectively. After year-end, an annual report should be presented to the building principal and to the membership detailing the booster groups activities. Your governing board or responsible budget committee should approve payments before any payments are authorized or contracts for services are awarded. October Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

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13 The treasurer should maintain a set of records (i.e., chart of accounts) that clearly report all accounting activity for each separate fundraising activity. This enables revenues from x program to be matched against expenditures for x program. October Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

14 October 2012Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District13 Concessions Revenue [cash in] Concessions Supplies [cost of goods] Concession Income = $500 [revenue – expense]

15 The booster group treasurer should issue financial reports quarterly to the booster group membership. At a minimum, these reports should identify fundraisers conducted, revenues received from each fundraiser, expenditures made relating to each fundraiser, and how profits were used or plan to be used October Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

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17 Two persons (adults) should count cash from fundraisers immediately after an event. Don't put you or your members in a position where their integrity may be questioned. Have two people perform this task. It is preferred that school personnel not be involved in handling booster funds. October Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District Remember: Receipts – Starting Bank = Gross Receipts

18 ABC Elementary PTO Cash Accounting Worksheet October 23, 2012 – Raffles 1. Starting Ticket #__ Ending Ticket # __ Total Tickets (2-1) ___ Total Tickets (3) 702 x $2.00/ticket = $1, Total Cash Collected (Less $50 Bank) = $1, Over/Short$ (3) Signature 1______________________ Signature 2______________________ October 2012Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District17

19 Deposit slips should identify each check separately. This makes the task of tracking back payments easier. Funds from different fundraisers should not be commingled on one deposit slip. Use a separate deposit slip for each fundraiser or source of revenue. This will assist you in determining the profitability of a specific fundraiser. Deposits should be made daily when receipts exceed $500. Collections of amounts under $500 should be deposited at least weekly. Don't let funds sit idle. Invest them and keep them safe. October Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

20 October 2012Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District19 Flower Sales List Deposit Description Here List each check on a separate line with check # and amount 1523 $50 00 Tip: Use duplicates and get a copy of this back as a receipt to attach to copies of check / other documentation

21 No checks should be issued without sufficient documentation (e.g., receipts). Receipts, contracts for goods or services, etc should be maintained by the booster group treasurer and available for audit. October Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

22 Petty cash funds are discouraged. However, if the booster group governing board is of the opinion that a petty cash fund is necessary, the amount kept in petty cash should not exceed $ If a petty cash fund is maintained, a journal should be kept by the treasurer showing the source of money kept in petty cash along with all disbursements, no matter how small. Receipts should be kept of all vouchers of disbursements from petty cash. October Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

23 October 2012Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District22 October 1, 2012 Nick Griswold10.00 Ten and 00/100xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Office Supplies

24 How to coordinate and leverage district resources. October Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

25 District can purchase from certain vendors with deep discounts from competitive bidding. Check with your building secretary (MiDeal, REMC, WCPC). District credit card can be used for online purchases. Payment to the school must be made when order is placed. October Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

26 Financial Services department staff are available to answer questions about accounting for your funds. Also available to audit your books at end of school year. Available throughout the year to conduct an audit when a treasurers or presidents term of office ends. Provide annual training seminar on proper accounting techniques and best practices. October Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District

27 Q & A | Final Thoughts | Survey October Financial Strategies for District Support Organizations | South Redford School District


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