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Santa Clara USD |  BP  3000  Business and Noninstructional Operations

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The Governing Board recognizes that prudent financial decisions are crucial to the district's ability to provide a high-quality education for students. It is therefore essential that the Board establish reliable budget development processes and adopt a responsible budget with spending priorities which reflect the district's vision and goals. When needed, the Board shall advocate and seek community, state or federal support for additional financing.

(cf. 0100 - Philosophy)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

The Board expects sound fiscal management from the administration. The Superintendent or designee shall prepare the detailed annual budget and present it to the Board for review and adoption. He/she shall administer the adopted budget in accordance with Board policies and accepted business procedures.

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

(cf. 3400 - Management of District Assets/Accounts)

The Board shall monitor financial operations so as to ensure the district's fiscal integrity. The Superintendent or designee shall make all required financial reports, recommend auditor(s) to the Board, recommend financial plans for meeting program needs, and keep the Board fully informed about the district's fiscal and noninstructional operations.

(cf. 3460 - Financial Reports and Accountability)

The Board shall make every effort to ensure that the district provides healthy school environments and maintains high standards of safety in the operation of facilities, equipment and services. The Superintendent or designee shall establish a risk management program that promotes safety and protects district resources.

(cf. 3514 - Environmental Safety)

(cf. 3515 - Campus Security)

(cf. 3530 - Risk Management/Insurance)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

Legal Reference:


35035 Powers and duties of superintendent

35160 Authority of governing boards

35160.1 Broad authority of school district

35161 Powers and duties of governing boards

44518-44519.2 Chief business officer training program

Management Resources:


Maximizing School Board Governance: Understanding California's Public School Finance System, 2006

Maximizing School Board Governance: Budget Planning and Adoption, 2006

Maximizing School Board Governance: Understanding District Budgets, 2006

Maximizing School Board Governance: Fiscal Accountability, 2006

School Finance CD-ROM, 2005



California Association of School Business Officials:

California Department of Education:

Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team:

School Services of California:


adopted: March 8, 2001 Santa Clara, California

reviewed: April 25, 2013