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Delaware General AssemblyDelaware RegulationsMonthly Register of RegulationsSeptember 2017

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14 DE Admin. Code 736
The Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 736 Local School District and Charter School Citizen Budget Oversight Committees. The Department of Education reviewed this and other regulations which were four years or older as part of the 2016 Regulation Review as required by 29 Del.C. §10407. After an internal review, the regulation is amended to remove training information that is noted in Regulation 734 and thus not needed in this regulation, and to clarify the definition of "Charter School" to be consistent with Regulation 734.
Notice of the proposed regulation was published in the News Journal and Delaware State News on June 1, 2017, in the form hereto attached as Exhibit "A". Comments were received from the Delaware Charter School Network regarding the inadvertent omission of "and Charter Schools" in Section 3.0 and 3.1. Comments were received from a private citizen related to the composition of the Citizen Board Oversight Committee (CBOC), approval of CBOC policies, maintenance of the CBOC application form, and the extension for membership terms. The Department reviewed each comment and revised the proposed amendment as needed. The regulation follows the Delaware Code for membership therefore no changes were made. Clarification was provided related to the policy referenced in the renumbered 3.2. The policy referenced is the selection process policy. Additionally, the Department made minor renumbering and technical corrections for clarity.
The Secretary finds that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 736 Local School District and Charter School Citizen Budget Oversight Committees in order to remove training information that is noted in Regulation 734 and thus not needed in this regulation, and to clarify the definition of "Charter School" to be consistent with Regulation 734.
For the foregoing reasons, the Secretary concludes that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 736 Local School District and Charter School Citizen Budget Oversight Committees. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122, 14 DE Admin. Code 736 Local School District and Charter School Citizen Budget Oversight Committees attached hereto as Exhibit "B" is hereby amended. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), 14 DE Admin. Code 736 Local School District and Charter School Citizen Budget Oversight Committees hereby amended shall be in effect for a period of five years from the effective date of this order as set forth in Section V. below.
The text of 14 DE Admin. Code 736 Local School District and Charter School Citizen Budget Oversight Committees amended hereby shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit "B", and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 736 Local School District and Charter School Citizen Budget Oversight Committees in the Administrative Code of Regulations for the Department of Education.
The actions hereinabove referred to were taken by the Secretary pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122 on August 15, 2017. The effective date of this Order shall be ten (10) days from the date this Order is published in the Delaware Register of Regulations.
IT IS SO ORDERED the 15th day of August 2017.
Department of Education
Approved this 15th day of August 2017
1.1 The purpose of this regulation is to outline procedures, criteria and responsibilities related to the local school district and charter school Local School District and Charter School Citizen Budget Oversight Committees (CBOC) required pursuant to 14 Del.C. §1508. The Citizen Budget Oversight Committee is solely CBOCs are established to oversee the financial position of the local school district or charter school it is assigned to oversee each Local School District and Charter School for which it was appointed. The local school board or charter school board Local School District and Charter School Board shall retain all policy and decision-making authorities granted pursuant to Delaware Code.
"Certificate of Completion" means the document provided by the Department of Education indicating the individual has attended and completed the Citizen Budget Oversight Committee training Financial Responsibility Training.
"Charter School" shall mean a school pursuant to 14 Del.C., Ch. 5 means a non-home based full-time public school that is operated in an approved physical plant under a charter granted by, or transferred to, the Department or other authorizing body for the personal physical attendance of all students.
"Local School District" shall mean means a reorganized school district or vocational technical school district established pursuant to 14 Del.C. Ch. 10.
"Trainer" means an individual or organization approved by the Secretary Department of Education to provide the Citizen Budget Oversight Committee training Financial Responsibility Training.
3.1 Each Local School District and Charter School shall be required to establish a Citizen Budget Oversight Committee (Committee) no later than June 1, 2010 CBOC. The Committee CBOC shall have access either electronically or in hard copy format to financial documents and financial information the Local School District [or Charter School] has in its possession and that are relevant to the financial position of the [district District or Charter School], with redactions permitted only to protect confidential personal information regarding students or employees as permitted by the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
[3.2 3.1.1] The Committee Local School District’s CBOC shall have at least five (5) members. with representation from Representation shall consist of parents, educators and taxpayers residing in the district. In addition, where possible, the Committee CBOC shall have at least two members with formal educational or vocational backgrounds amenable to oversight of school district financial statements. Further provided, Committee CBOC members shall not be compensated, except for allowable mileage for training or similar activities, for participation on such Committee CBOC.
[3.3 3.1.2] The Charter School’s CBOC shall have at least five (5) members. Representation shall consist of educators and parents of students in the school, with no more than two being Charter School Board members and one being a representative of the Department. In addition, where possible, the CBOC shall have at least two members with formal educational or vocational backgrounds amenable to oversight of school [district] financial statements. Further provided, CBOC members shall not be compensated, except for allowable mileage for training or similar activities, for participation on such CBOC.
3.3[3.4 3.2] Each Local School district may District and Charter School shall establish its own [selection] policy for its Citizen Oversight Budget Committee CBOC, and shall submit the [selection] policy to the Department for review. The Local School District, if it chooses to establish its own policy, shall submit the policy to the Department within ninety (90) calendar days of the effective day of this regulation. The Associate Secretary for Finance and Services Department’s Finance Office shall review the proposed policy and make a decision within fifteen (15) work days to approve or request revisions. The decision to approve or request revisions shall be based on whether the [selection] policy meets the provisions in 3.4 subsection [3.5 3.3].
3.3.1 If the Department does not approve the submitted policy, the Department shall provide comment for areas requiring revisions within fifteen (15) work days of receipt of the proposed policy. The Local School District may submit a revised policy. If the revised policy is not subsequently approved, the Local School District shall follow the Department’s Citizen Budget Oversight Committee policy for Local School Districts pursuant to 3.4. In addition, a Local School District may not resubmit a policy for approval more than one time during a fiscal year.
3.4[3.5 3.3] The Department’s Citizen Budget Oversight Committee CBOC membership provisions shall be as follows:
3.4.1[3.5.1 3.3.1] Use the appropriate District or Charter School application form[,] as developed and [approved maintained] by the Department[,] that delineates standard application language and additional information that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
3.4.1.1 [3.5.1.1 3.3.1.1] Membership pursuant to subsections [3.2 3.1.1] and [3.3 3.1.2];
3.4.1.2 [3.5.1.2 3.3.1.2] Conflict of interest, and disqualification from membership upon identification thereof, criteria;
3.4.1.3 [3.5.1.3 3.3.1.3] Selection, or removal, of the Chairperson to be determined by a majority of the membership of the committee CBOC;
3.4.1.4 [3.5.1.4 3.3.1.4] Term length [of shall be] two (2) years with [an] option [at the end of the term] to [extend to no more than three (3) approve an] additional [terms two-year term] based on the majority vote of the [other] existing members of the Committee CBOC[;, provided that the cumulative number of extensions shall not exceed three (3);] however, a member may terminate his or her position upon written notice to the Chairperson; and
3.4.1.5 [3.5.1.5 3.3.1.5] Experience and statement [for of] reason for participation on the Committee CBOC.
3.4.2 [3.5.2 3.3.2] Post the request for Committee CBOC members for at least fifteen (15) work days on its website and all school building main entrance doors;
3.4.3 [3.5.3 3.3.3] Identify and post on its website the Selection Committee selection committee that consists of one educator from the district Local School District or Charter School, one local school board Local School Board or Charter School Board member, one member of the local teacher’s union, and at least two parents or community members who are not district Local School District or Charter School employees or local school board members; and
3.4.4 [3.5.4 3.3.4] Use the selection rubric developed and approved by the Department of Education.
6.04.0 District School Board and Charter School Board Financial Responsibility Training Requirement
6.1 Each member of a Citizen Budget Oversight Committee shall attend and receive a Certificate of Completion for the Citizen Budget Oversight Committee training within three ((3) months of subsequent appointment to a Citizen Budget Oversight Committee. Provided further, additional training may be required from time to time as determined by the Department. District School Board, Charter School Board and Citizen Budget Oversight Committee Financial Responsibility Training, including frequency and required trainings, is outlined in 14 DE Admin. Code 734.
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