TITLE 16
Education

CHAPTER 16-2
School Committees and Superintendents [See Title 16 Chapter 97 – The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]

SECTION 16-2-9.3


§ 16-2-9.3 The advisory council on school finances.

(a) The legislature hereby finds and declares that there is a need for an advisory council on school finances to strengthen the fiscal accountability of school districts, regional school districts, state schools and charter schools in Rhode Island. The council shall be composed of five (5) members as follows:

(1) The auditor general of the state of Rhode Island or his or her designee;

(2) The executive director of the Rhode Island association of school committees or his or her designee;

(3) The president of the Rhode Island association of school business officials or his or her designee;

(4) The commissioner of elementary and secondary education or his or her designee; and

(5) The director of the department of administration or his or her designee. The auditor general or his or her designee shall serve as chair of the council. By July 1, 2005, the council shall develop recommendations for a uniform system of accounting, including a chart of accounts for all school districts, regional school districts, state schools and charter schools. By July 1, 2009 the council shall develop recommendations for a uniform system of accounting for all educational regional collaboratives identified in chapter 16-3.1. Said recommendations shall be advisory in nature and may be adopted by the office of auditor general and the department of elementary and secondary education in part or in whole.

(b) The council shall meet no less than annually and recommend changes in accounting procedures to be adopted by school districts, regional school districts, state schools and charter schools as well as apprise school business officials, charter school officials, school committees and school superintendents, school administrators and state school officials about professional development opportunities that promotes sound fiscal practices and a knowledge of current state and federal rules and regulations regarding school finance. The council shall also report, annually, its activities and recommendations to the house committee on education accountability, the senate committee on education and the office of the governor.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2004, ch. 595, art. 23, § 8; P.L. 2008, ch. 149, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 192, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 501, § 14.)