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CHARTER SCHOOL TRAINING February 28, 2019 Katherine Black, Executive Director Financial Accounting / OCAS/Audits [email protected] (405) 522-0275 Financial Reporting Is Required by LAW Oklahoma State Statutes Title 70 3-136
and School Laws of Oklahoma Section 42.18 Paragraph A, Item 6 A charter school, to the extent possible, shall be subject to the same reporting requirements, financial audits, audit procedures, and audit requirements as a school district. The State Department of Education or State Auditor and Inspector may conduct financial, program, or compliance audits. A charter school shall use
the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System to report financial transactions to the sponsoring school district. Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS) What is OCAS? OCAS is an accounting system unique to Oklahoma however is also part of the larger accounting system instituted by the United States Department of Education (USDE)/National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); each state has developed its own system that adheres to
national standards. Why use OCAS? ITS THE LAW Oklahoma State Statute 70 5-135.2 Oklahoma Administrative Code Title 210:25 Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS) Each year the Financial Accounting office receives the financial transactions for the preceding fiscal from over 550 Oklahoma school districts, charter schools, and interlocals. The data received becomes part of an information network accessed
daily by any party interested in the use of public education funds. OCAS data is used to meet federal program compliance for Maintenance of Effort for Special Education and ESSA, Indirect Cost, and Excess Cost. Penalty for Late OCAS Submission 70 O.S. 5-135.2, Paragraph B Reduction in Monthly State Aid payment First Month 1%
Second Month 2% Third Month 3% Fourth Month 4% Each Subsequent Month 5% Penalty may be waived by the State Board of Education. Estimate of Needs/School Budget School Laws of Oklahoma
Section 678-Section D: Financial Statements and Estimates of Needs of All School Districts shall be filed with the county excise board on or before October 1 of each year. Said financial statements and estimates shall have attached thereto an affidavit showing the publication thereof as required herein, or they may be filed and the said affidavit attached thereto at any time within five (5) days after the filing thereof. Estimate of Needs/School Budget 2
Upload the Estimate of Needs or the Budget (for those districts on the School District Budget Act) to the State Department of Education, Financial Accounting Section by October 1. This document must be an excel file. Note: Make sure all affidavits are signed and notarized. AUDITS Oklahoma Statute Title 70-22-108(A)
Each audit of the financial statements of a school district required by the Oklahoma Public School Audit Law shall be completed and the auditors opinion thereon shall be submitted by the firm to the district board of education within nine (9) months after the close of the fiscal year of the district board of education. AUDITS 2 Districts who have expended $750,000 or more in federal money are what is referred to as an A
audit. These audits must be completed, presented to the local board of education and submitted to Financial Accounting no later than March 31. Districts who have expended less than $750,000 in federal money are what is referred to as an B audit. These audits must be completed, presented to the local board of education and submitted to Financial Accounting no later than April 30. AUDITS 3 Regardless of which type of audit is performed, the audit must be submitted to
Financial Accounting thirty days after it has been presented to the local board of education. 70 O.S. 22-108 Thirty (30) days after the audit presentation to the local board of education, forward one copy of the audit report to the SDE. AUDITS 4 Findings District must submit a Corrective Action Plan (CAP). The CAP should include why the finding
occurred, what is being done to prevent it from recurring, name(s) of contact person(s responsible for the CAP, and anticipated date of completion for the CAP. Exceptions and/or recommendations District must give a response. Penalty for Late Audit Submission Pursuant to 70 O.S. 22-108 The statute provides in part: D. The State Board of Education may make inquiries it deems necessary to determine that each district
board of education is properly complying with the Oklahoma Public School Audit Law. If within eleven (11) months after the end of the fiscal year of the school district a copy of the auditors opinions and related financial statements has not been received by the State Board of Education and by the State Auditor and Inspector, an inquiry shall be made by the State Auditor and Inspector as to why such auditors opinions and related financial statements have not been filed, pursuant to the provisions of Section 212A of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
Penalty for Late Audit Submission 2 Pursuant to 70 O.S. 22-108 cont. Should the State Auditor and Inspector find that the district board of education has failed to cause an annual audit of the financial statements and compliance requirements of the school district to be commenced, the State Auditor and Inspector shall make a written demand on the board to complete and file such annual audit of the financial statements and compliance requirements of the school district within thirty (30) days of the date of
such demand. Penalty for Late Audit Submission Pursuant to 70 O.S. 22-112 (State Aid withheld for failure to comply with article): All further payment of State Aid for each district shall be withheld until the provisions of this article have been fulfilled by said district. FINANCIAL REPORTING TIMELINES
September 1: Districts final Revenue and Expenditures for preceding fiscal year must be submitted to Financial Accounting via the webbased Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS) reporting system. October 1: District must submit one copy of either the Estimate of Needs or the Budget (for those districts on the School District Budget Act) to Financial Accounting and the County Excise Board. December 15: The year-end financial report recording and summarizing all revenue and expenditure financial transactions will be
completed and certified. FINANCIAL REPORTING TIMELINES 2 March 31 Districts who are identified as having expended $750,000 or more in federal awards must have their audit submitted to Financial Accounting. April 30 Districts who are identified as having expended less than $750,000 in federal awards must have their audit submitted to Financial Accounting. June 30 Audit contract between the district and
the independent auditor must be submitted to Financial Accounting. Publications Available Accountability at a Glance Coding Obstacles Districts Encounter Daily (CODED) OCAS Manual School Laws of Oklahoma SDE Permanent Rules (Chapter 25 Finance) Technical Assistance Document
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