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To provide an accountability framework to ensure the fiscal integrity of the Division and effective oversight of the use and management of Division funds.
Division Funds are derived primarily from Alberta Education funding but include funds from all revenue sources including but not limited to conditional grants, public gifts and donations, sale of Division owned assets, facilities rental and service charges, investments, transportation service fees, school shop customer service charges, student.
Senior Officials are those individuals occupying the following positions:
Site-Based Decision Making, sometimes called decentralized decision making, is a process of empowering those most closely affected by a decision to play a significant role in making those decisions. Managerial authority and accountability for financial decisions is delegated by the Superintendent of Schools to specific school/decision unit (DU) administrators for their respective school/DU budget. The District’s Vision, Mission, Priorities, board policies, administrative regulations and procedures establish the parameters within which all decisions must be made.
Financial Stewardship is the careful and responsible planning and management of Division financial resources to achieve the educational objectives of the District’s Vision, Mission and Priorities on behalf of the public. Stewardship of financial resources begins with transparency and compliance with legislation, policies, regulations, and internal controls.
Internal controls are the checks and balances established by the Division to provide reasonable assurance about the achievement of objectives for reliability of financial reporting, effectiveness and efficiency of operations, safeguarding of resources and assets, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
The Board of Trustees (the Board) is responsible for ensuring effective and efficient stewardship of Division financial resources and assets placed in its trust for the provision of public education now and into the future. It is important that stewardship of Division financial resources and assets aligns with Division values and reflects consideration of equity, inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
The Board recognizes that the fulfillment of our Vision, Mission, and Priorities is dependent on compliance with all legislative requirements and Public Sector Accounting Standards (PSAS), effective financial planning and management, the application of internal controls, and clearly defined roles and accountabilities. The Board also believes that the management of Division finances is based on a foundation of integrity, prudence, public accountability and full disclosure of results.
The Board is committed to a system-wide culture of collaboration and site-based decision making and as such, trustees, senior officials and all staff share responsibility for modeling effective and efficient stewardship of Division financial resources. The Board expects all school/DU administrators to exercise their stewardship of Division financial resources by knowing and understanding their respective managerial authority, responsibility and accountability for decisions that have a financial impact on the Division.
The Board seeks maximum value for the expenditure of Division funds through purchasing practices that are fair, transparent and promote competition among vendors.
The annual Division budget is the fiscal plan to achieve the Vision, Mission, Priorities and strategic plan of the Division and the province. The Division’s individual school/DU budget development processes include a review of the results from the previous year for continuous improvement. The budget process serves as a means to improve communications and involvement both within the school system and with the broader community.
The Board shall approve:
The Board believes that it is fair and appropriate to reimburse trustees and staff for approved travel and other expenses incurred while carrying out Division business. To ensure accountability and public transparency, all trustees and staff shall adhere to Division administrative processes for reimbursement and, or payment of expenses incurred on Division business. Furthermore, expenses incurred by and on behalf of trustees and senior officials on Division business shall be routinely and publicly disclosed in alignment with the elected and senior officials’ public disclosure practices of the Government of Alberta.
The Board acknowledges that schools cannot charge for instruction but that it may be necessary for schools to charge specific fees for supplies or materials that enhance instruction, in accordance with the Education Act. While the Board recognizes the need to charge specific fees, economic circumstances shall not be a barrier to a student’s access to curricular outcomes. Decisions related to charging specific fees will be transparent and made in consultation with parents. All fees charged shall be publicly disclosed and the funds derived shall be used for the purposes for which they were collected.
Edmonton Public Schools is a "Registered Canadian Charitable Organization” within the meaning of the Income Tax Act and, as such, all gifts and donations shall be accounted for and used to enhance educational opportunities offered to students consistent with Division priorities, policies and values. In order to assist community groups seeking funding for their own activities, the Board delegates authority to the Superintendent of Schools to approve Division endorsement of and participation in community activities or projects that reflect our Vision, Mission, and Priorities and support teaching and learning.
The Administration shall provide the following monitoring reports to the Board of Trustees: