• Operational Services
     

    Accounting and Audits

    DAOES's accounting and audit services shall comply with the Illinois Program Accounting Manual, as adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education, and State law. The Director, in addition to other assigned financial responsibilities, shall report monthly on DAOES's financial performance, both income and expense, in relation to the financial plan represented in the budget.

    Annual Audit

    At the close of each fiscal year, the Director shall arrange an audit of DAOES funds, accounts, statements, and other financial matters. The audit shall be performed by an independent certified public accountant designated by the Board and be conducted in conformance with prescribed standards and legal requirements. A complete and detailed written audit report shall be provided to each Board member and to the Director.
    The Director shall annually, on or before October 15, submit an original and one copy of the audit to the Regional Superintendent of Schools.

    Annual Financial Report

    The Director or designee shall annually prepare and submit the Annual Financial Report on a timely basis using the form adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Director shall review and discuss the Annual Financial Report with the Board before it is submitted.

    Inventories

    The Director or designee is responsible for establishing and maintaining accurate inventory records that, at a minimum, comply with the Illinois Program Accounting Manual. The inventory record of supplies and equipment shall include a description of each item, quantity, location, purchase date, and cost or estimated replacement cost.

    Disposition of System Property

    The Director or designee shall notify the Board, as necessary, of the following so that the Board may consider its disposition: (1) DAOES personal property (property other than buildings and land) that is no longer needed for school purposes, and (2) school site, building, or other real estate that is unnecessary, unsuitable, or inconvenient. Notwithstanding the above, the Director or designee may unilaterally dispose of personal property of a diminutive value.

    Taxable Fringe Benefits

    The Director or designee shall: (1) require that all use of DAOES property or equipment by employees is for DAOES's convenience and best interests unless it is a Board-approved fringe benefit, and (2) ensure compliance with the Internal Revenue Service regulations regarding when to report an employee's personal use of DAOES property or equipment as taxable compensation.

    Controls for Revolving Funds and Petty Cash

    Revolving funds and the petty cash system are established in Board policy 4:50, Payment Procedures. The Director shall: (1) designate a custodian for each revolving fund and petty cash fund, (2) obtain a bond for each fund custodian, and (3) maintain the funds in compliance with this policy, State law, and Illinois State Board of Education rules. A check for the petty cash fund may be drawn payable to the designated petty cash custodian. Bank accounts for revolving funds are limited to a maximum balance of $500.00. All expenditures from these bank accounts must be directly related to the purpose for which the account was established and supported with documentation, including signed invoices or receipts. All deposits into these bank accounts must be accompanied with a clear description of their intended purpose. The Director or designee shall include checks written to reimburse revolving funds on the Board's monthly listing of bills indicating the recipient and including an explanation.

    Control Requirements for Checks

    The Board must approve all bank accounts opened or established in DAOES's or a DAOES school name or with the DAOES's Federal Employer Identification Number. All checks issued by DAOES must be signed by either the Treasurer or Board President, except that checks from an account containing student activity funds and revolving accounts may be signed by the respective account custodian.

    Internal Controls

    The Director is primarily responsible for establishing and implementing a system of internal controls for safeguarding the DAOES's financial condition; the Board, however, will oversee these safeguards. The control objectives are to ensure efficient business and financial practices, reliable financial reporting, and compliance with State law and Board policies, and to prevent losses from fraud, employee error, misrepresentation by third parties, or imprudent employee action.
    The Director or designee shall annually audit DAOES's financial and business operations for compliance with established internal controls and provide the results to the Board. The Board may from time-to-time engage a third-party to audit internal controls in addition to the annual audit.

    LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/2-3.27, 5/2-3.28, 5/3-7, 5/3-15.1, 5/5-22, 5/10-21.4, 5/10-20.19, 5/10-22.8, and 5/17-1 et seq.
    23 Ill.Admin.Code Part 100.
    CROSS REF.: 4:10 (Fiscal and Business Management), 4:50 (Payment Procedures), 4:55 (Use of Credit and Procurement Cards), 4:90 (Activity Funds)
    ADOPTED: June 16, 2011