§ 16-9-1. Receipt and payment of school funds by town treasurer.
The town treasurer shall receive the money due the town from the state for public schools, and shall keep a separate accounting of all money appropriated by the state or town or otherwise for public schools in the town, and shall pay the money to the order of the school committee; provided, however, that school expenditures, encumbrances, and accruals shall not, in any fiscal year, exceed the total revenue appropriated for public schools in the town. Should the town treasurer, finance director, or other charter officer charged with general responsibility for town finances, or the school financial officer, estimate that actual public school expenditures, encumbrances, and accruals may exceed the total revenue appropriated for the expenditures in any fiscal year, the school committee, the superintendent of schools, and the chief elected officials of the town shall be notified. Purchase orders or financial commitments shall not be authorized even on the order of the school committee unless it can be proven that there will not be an excess of expenditures, encumbrances, and accruals over revenues. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prohibit a school committee from negotiating and contracting with school employees and teachers for services to be rendered in the ensuing fiscal years pursuant to chapters 9.3 and 9.4 of title 28.
(G.L. 1896, ch. 54, § 9; G.L. 1909, ch. 66, § 11; G.L. 1923, ch. 69, § 5; G.L. 1938, ch. 179, § 5; impl. am. Const. Amend., art. 27; G.L. 1956, § 16-9-1; P.L. 1980, ch. 152, § 4; P.L. 1981, ch. 397, § 2.)