Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 165
Budget and Current Financing
Section 165.011

August 28, 2014


Tuition--accounting of school moneys, funds--uses--transfers to and from incidental fund, when--effect of unlawful transfers--transfers to debt service fund, when--one-time transfer for Carthage School district.

165.011. 1. The following funds are created for the accounting of all school moneys: teachers' fund, incidental fund, capital projects fund and debt service fund. The treasurer of the school district shall open an account for each fund specified in this section, and all moneys received from the county school fund and all moneys derived from taxation for teachers' wages shall be placed to the credit of the teachers' fund. All tuition fees, state moneys received under section 163.031, and all other moneys received from the state except as herein provided shall be placed to the credit of the teachers' and incidental funds at the discretion of the district board of education, except as provided in subsection 6 of section 163.031. Money received from other districts for transportation and money derived from taxation for incidental expenses shall be credited to the incidental fund. All money derived from taxation or received from any other source for the erection of buildings or additions thereto and the remodeling or reconstruction of buildings and the furnishing thereof, for the payment of lease-purchase obligations, for the purchase of real estate, or from sale of real estate, schoolhouses or other buildings of any kind, or school furniture, from insurance, from sale of bonds other than refunding bonds shall be placed to the credit of the capital projects fund. All moneys derived from the sale or lease of sites, buildings, facilities, furnishings, and equipment by a school district as authorized under section 177.088 shall be credited to the capital projects fund. Money derived from taxation for the retirement of bonds and the payment of interest thereon shall be credited to the debt service fund, which shall be maintained as a separate bank account. Receipts from delinquent taxes shall be allocated to the several funds on the same basis as receipts from current taxes, except that where the previous years' obligations of the district would be affected by such distribution, the delinquent taxes shall be distributed according to the tax levies made for the years in which the obligations were incurred. All refunds received shall be placed to the credit of the fund from which the original expenditures were made. Money donated to the school districts shall be placed to the credit of the fund where it can be expended to meet the purpose for which it was donated and accepted. Money received from any other source whatsoever shall be placed to the credit of the fund or funds designated by the board.

2. The school board may transfer any portion of the unrestricted balance remaining in the incidental fund to the teachers' fund. Any district that uses an incidental fund transfer to pay for more than twenty-five percent of the annual certificated compensation obligation of the district and has an incidental fund balance on June thirtieth in any year in excess of fifty percent of the combined incidental teachers' fund expenditures for the fiscal year just ended shall be required to transfer the excess from the incidental fund to the teachers' fund. If a balance remains in the debt service fund, after the total outstanding indebtedness for which the fund was levied is paid, the board may transfer the unexpended balance to the capital projects fund. If a balance remains in the bond proceeds after completion of the project for which the bonds were issued, the balance shall be transferred from the incidental or capital projects fund to the debt service fund. After making all placements of interest otherwise provided by law, a school district may transfer from the capital projects fund to the incidental fund the interest earned from undesignated balances in the capital projects fund. A school district may borrow from one of the following funds: teachers' fund, incidental fund, or capital projects fund, as necessary to meet obligations in another of those funds; provided that the full amount is repaid to the lending fund within the same fiscal year.

3. Tuition shall be paid from either the teachers' or incidental funds. Employee benefits for certificated staff shall be paid from the teachers' fund.

4. Other provisions of law to the contrary notwithstanding, the school board of a school district that meets the provisions of subsection 6 of section 163.031 may transfer from the incidental fund to the capital projects fund the sum of:

(1) The amount to be expended for transportation equipment that is considered an allowable cost under state board of education rules for transportation reimbursements during the current year; plus

(2) Any amount necessary to satisfy obligations of the capital projects fund for state-approved area vocational-technical schools; plus

(3) Current year obligations for lease-purchase obligations entered into prior to January 1, 1997; plus

(4) The amount necessary to repay costs of one or more guaranteed energy savings performance contracts to renovate buildings in the school district, provided that the contract is only for energy conservation measures as defined in section 640.651 and provided that the contract specifies that no payment or total of payments shall be required from the school district until at least an equal total amount of energy and energy-related operating savings and payments from the vendor pursuant to the contract have been realized by the school district; plus

(5) An amount not to exceed the greater of:

(a) One hundred sixty-two thousand three hundred twenty-six dollars; or

(b) Seven percent of the state adequacy target multiplied by the district's weighted average daily attendance, provided that transfer amounts in excess of current year obligations of the capital projects fund authorized under this subdivision may be transferred only by a resolution of the school board approved by a majority of the board members in office when the resolution is voted on and identifying the specific capital projects to be funded directly by the district by the transferred funds and an estimated expenditure date.

5. Beginning in the 2006-07 school year, a district meeting the provisions of subsection 6 of section 163.031 and not making the transfer under subdivision (5) of subsection 4 of this section, nor making payments or expenditures related to obligations made under section 177.088 may transfer from the incidental fund to the debt service fund or the capital projects fund the greater of:

(1) The state aid received in the 2005-06 school year as a result of no more than eighteen cents of the sum of the debt service and capital projects levy used in the foundation formula and placed in the respective debt service or capital projects fund, whichever fund had the designated tax levy; or

(2) Five percent of the state adequacy target multiplied by the district's weighted average daily attendance.

6. A district with territory in a county of the first classification with more than one hundred fifteen thousand but fewer than one hundred fifty thousand inhabitants that maintains the district office in a home rule city with more than thirteen thousand five hundred but fewer than fifteen thousand inhabitants shall be permitted a one-time transfer during school year 2014-15 of unrestricted funds from the incidental fund to the capital projects fund in an amount that leaves the incidental fund at a balance no lower than twenty percent for the purpose of constructing capital projects to improve student safety.

7. Beginning in the 2006-07 school year, the department of elementary and secondary education shall deduct from a school district's state aid calculated pursuant to section 163.031 an amount equal to the amount of any transfer of funds from the incidental fund to the capital projects fund or debt service fund performed during the previous year in violation of this section; except that the state aid shall be deducted over no more than five school years following the school year of an unlawful transfer based on a plan from the district approved by the commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

8. A school district may transfer unrestricted funds from the capital projects fund to the incidental fund in any year to avoid becoming financially stressed as defined in subsection 1 of section 161.520. If on June thirtieth of any fiscal year the sum of unrestricted balances in a school district's incidental fund and teacher's fund is less than twenty percent of the sum of the school district's expenditures from those funds for the fiscal year ending on that June thirtieth, the school district may, during the next succeeding fiscal year, transfer to its incidental fund an amount up to and including the amount of the unrestricted balance in its capital projects fund on that June thirtieth. For purposes of this subsection, in addition to any other restrictions that may apply to funds in the school district's capital projects fund, any funds that are derived from the proceeds of one or more general obligation bond issues shall be considered restricted funds and shall not be transferred to the school district's incidental fund.

(L. 1963 p. 200 § 6-1, A.L. 1977 H.B. 130, A.L. 1992 S.B. 581, A.L. 1993 S.B. 380, A.L. 1994 S.B. 676, A.L. 1995 S.B. 255, A.L. 1996 S.B. 795, et al., A.L. 1997 H.B. 604 merged with H.B. 641 & 593, A.L. 1998 H.B. 1469 merged with S.B. 658 merged with S.B. 781, A.L. 1999 H.B. 889, A.L. 2000 S.B. 944, A.L. 2001 S.B. 543, A.L. 2003 S.B. 686, A.L. 2005 S.B. 287, A.L. 2011 S.B. 81, A.L. 2014 S.B. 907)

(Source: RSMo 1959 § 165.110)


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