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This service provides Superintendents, Business Managers, Finance Directors and Transportation Directors with expert assistance, professional development opportunities and trainings in:

-Transportation Reporting
-Business Manager’s Roundtable
-SOF Template Workshop
-Public Funds Investment Act – Investment Officer Training 

Note from Woody: 2017-18 LPE-DPE Side-by-Side Template (r5 wb6)

This template is an "expansion" of Omar's templates The template will allow districts to compare "earned" DPE with TEA's Summary of Finance "payment" LPE to calculate "projected" over/under payment of Foundation School Funds. The template incorporates actual six weeks attendance data and M&O tax collections to "project" over/under payments. Be sure to import the latest Summary of Finance report from TEA, and your "most accurate projection" of M&O tax collections. Be sure to re-enter your previous and current six weeks attendance data (numbers will have changed!!) Remember these templates are an "as is" projection based on you current data. 

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Important Note from State Funding:

Financial Hardship Transitional Program and Adjustment for Rapid Decline in Taxable Value of Property.
This letter provides guidance to districts and charter schools that are eligible for state funds under TEC Sec. 42.451 or Sec.42.2521. 

(LINK to letter from Leo Lopez)
LINK to eligible districts for Hardship of Rapid Decline Grant
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Note from Omar regarding change in Per Capita Rate.

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Posting District's "Proposed" and "Adopted" Budgest:

Posting your districts "Proposed" Budget and your districts "Adopted" Budget are still required. Please reference our templates page for "Proposed " Budget and "Adopted" Budget Templates and "Budget posting notice for setting tax rates".
1) Notice of Public Meeting to discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate: (Form 50-280)
2) 2017-2018 "Proposed" Budget and "Adopted" budget templates 

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Posting Districts Utility Usage:

Utility Posting Template still required (HB 3693). Template to post utility usage & aggregate cost on the school district's web page as required by HB 3693 is still required.  Please reference our templates page for current year template.

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Internet Posting Requirements for School Districts. 

(Note Financial Requirements for School Districts).
Link to Required Documents

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Note from Danny Sanchez, Transportation Director School Finance Division

The Foundation School Program (FSP) System will be available for input of the school year 2016–2017 Operations Services Report data on October 3, 2017. The due date for the report to be in Submitted status is December 1, 2017.

Please review the Instructions for Completing the School Transportation Operations Services Report, document before compiling data and filing the report in the online FSP System. The instructions can be found on the School Transportation Funding web page.

We highly recommend using “Internet Explorer 9” as your browser when entering data into the report.  Use of any other browser may result in an inability to open and access all needed data screens. If you have questions or if you need more information, contact the School Transportation Allotment program administrators in the Texas Education Agency's Office of School Finance: Danny Sanchez, telephone: (512) 463-9266, email: danny.sanchez@tea.texas.gov.

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Cash Flow Template:

A Cash Flow template is available for download. This template was developed with the assistance of ESC XII and TEA. See Templates Page.

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Special Education Funding by Instructional Settings Template:

I have posted a Special Ed. Template on our Templates Web Page. This template will allow the district to enter attendance counts from the "Superintendent's Report of Student Attendance & Contact Hours" in order to calculate "earned" revenue for each instructional setting. See Templates Page.

  • Note from Woody:

    I have posted the 2017-18 (LPE-DPE Side-by-Side Template (r5, wb6) . This is an "enhancement" of Omar's r4 template. I have downloaded 2016-17 PEIMS ADA/FTE's for comparison with "current" ADA/FTE's; and 2016 Certified values for calculating "Local Fund Assignment" for Tiers 1 and 11 State Aid.
    This new release incorporates the Additional State Aid for Property Value Decline and the Hardship Grant amounts recently calculated by TEA.
    Import the latest Summary of Finance report from TEA's web page, and enter your "most accurate" projection of M&O tax collections. 
    Be sure to re-enter your previous and current six weeks attendance data since numbers often change with corrections. Remember!!  This template is an "as is projection" of your state and local revenue based on you current data. 
    LINK to 2017-18 LPE-DPE Template

  • NOTICE: Web Posting Requirements for Budgets

    Notice of Public Meeting to discuss Budget and Proposed Tax Rate: Form 50-280.
    (Link to Form) 

    Web Posting Requirement (HB1): "Proposed" Expenditure Budget on district's web page as required by HB1. A school district must post the budget summary on the school's Internet Web site when it post the "Notice of Public Hearing" on the budget in the newspaper. 
    Link to 2017-18 "Proposed" Budget Reporting Template  (Updated 05/11/2017)


    Web Posting Requirement: Adopted Budget. 
    House Bill 3 from the 81st Session of the Texas Legislature requires school districts, on final approval of the budget by the board of trustees, to post a copy of the Adopted Budget on the district’s Web site. This requirement is in addition to posting the "proposed" budget. The Web site must prominently display the electronic link to the adopted budget. The adopted budget must be maintained on the Web site for three years after adoption.  
    Link to 2017-18 Web Posting of Adopted Budget_(Updated_05/11/17)


    Note from Woody: HB 3 requires posting only General Fund Budget. Since adoption of Federal Funds is a local decision, they are not required posting. If you choose to add Federal Funds to the template, this would be acceptable, but not required.

  • Special Education Block Grant Template
    This template calculates funding for each Special Education Instructional Setting utilizing the districts
    adjusted allotment and data from Superintendent's Report.
    (Link to Special Education Block Grant Template)
  • Federal Funds Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Templates

    MOE Templates may be used to to help a district determine compliance with Federal Maintenance of Effort requirements. The template compares "current" year spending (not budgeted amount) with "base year" expenditure to determine compliance
    (Link to 2015-16 MOE Template)
     

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