§ 16-7.1-3. Accountability for district and school expenditures.
All school districts shall implement a uniform program to track educational expenditures and investments. All school districts shall prepare annual reports of its programs which shall be submitted to the department of elementary and secondary education by July 31 of each year. The business office in each school district shall annually declare that the facts and figures presented in the district expenditure report are accurate to the best of their knowledge. In the event that a report is not submitted within thirty days of July 31, state educational aid to the school district may be withheld. In addition, each school committee shall annually ratify the district expenditure report and transmit the report to the commissioner of elementary and secondary education no later than September 30 of each year. Furthermore, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education in conjunction with the Rhode Island Association of School Business Officials shall determine the feasibility of and implement when appropriate a standard chart of accounts for all school districts. If implemented, the municipalities shall integrate use of this chart of accounts with municipal accounts as appropriate.
(P.L. 1997, ch. 30, art. 31, § 1; P.L. 1998, ch. 31, art. 31, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 117, art. 13, § 1.)