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Dpi update spring finance workshop at the wasbo accounting seminar


March 21, 2012

DPI School Finance Team



  • A welcome and thank you – to you!

  • Where the SFS Team is headed:

    • New on-line reports for Ch. 220 and Foster/Group home;

    • New Annual/Budget report incorporating Special Ed – tentative 2013-14;

    • Continued communication and help to districts.

Thank you to sfs staff
Thank you – to SFS Staff

  • Assistant Director: Deb Brown;

  • Consultants: Erin Fath, Brad Adams, Bob Avery, Paul Dix;

  • Accountants: Michele Tessner, Victoria Chung;

  • Auditors: Gene Fornecker, Brian Kahl;

  • IS Specialists: Daryl Miller, Dan Parizo;

  • Office Op Assistant: Trish Hibbard


  • Changes to Revenue Limits

    • Energy Efficiency Exemption

    • 2012-13 Pre-Populated Worksheet

    • Changes to Open Enrollment

    • 2012-13 Per Pupil Adjustment Aid

  • WUFAR Changes

  • OPEB Changes

  • Online Fraud Reporting

  • Special Education

  • Odds and Ends

Energy efficiency exemption
Energy Efficiency Exemption

  • Wis. Stats. §121.91(4)(o)1

    • If a school board adopts a resolution to do so, the limit otherwise applicable to a school district under sub. (2m) in any school year is increased by the amount spent by the school district in that school year on a project to implement energy efficiency measures or to purchase energy efficiency products, including the payment of debt service on bonds or notes issued to finance the project, if the project results in the avoidance of, or reduction in, energy costs or operational costs, the project is governed by a performance contract entered into under s. 66.0133, and the bonds or notes issued to finance the project, if any, are issued for periods not exceeding 20 years.

Energy efficiency exemption1
Energy Efficiency Exemption

NEW for 2011-12 (2011 WI Act 32)

  • Two new clauses

    • Allowable to pay for debt service

    • Performance contracting requirement

  • Performance contracting is not dependent on the debt clause

    • Required for ALL projects being executed in conjunction with the revenue limit exemption

Energy efficiency exemption2
Energy Efficiency Exemption

  • Because of the timing of this new requirement, in 2011-12 districts will not be penalized if they do not have performance contracts in place;

  • Beginning with 2012-13, districts will be required to certify to the Department that they are complying with this requirement.

Energy efficiency exemption3
Energy Efficiency Exemption

NEW for 2011-12 (2011 WI Act 32)

  • REQUIRES Performance Contracting, as defined in §66.0133

    • DPI does not oversee this requirement

      • But we require that districts certify they have met this requirement.

    • DOA has information available for state agencies that may provide useful background information for school districts

      • Go to: www.doa.state.wi.us and search for “performance contracting” in the keyword search at the bottom of the page.

      • Including contractors approved to meet state performance contracting requirements

Energy efficiency exemption4
Energy Efficiency Exemption

NEW for 2011-12 (2011 WI Act 32)

  • May be used for debt service payments

    • Debt may be issued up to 20 years

    • Does not change the requirements / statutes related to the $1M limit on non-referendum debt

      • Limit may be exceeded if district allows for a petition period to take the issue to referendum

Energy efficiency exemption5
Energy Efficiency Exemption

NEW for 2011-12 (2011 WI Act 32)

  • Debt service payments (cont)

    • Requires annual resolutions by the district board of education to exceed the revenue limit by the amount of the payments.

      • Resolutions must be filed with DPI through the referendum reporting portal.

Energy efficiency exemption6
Energy Efficiency Exemption

NEW for 2011-12 (2011 WI Act 32)

  • Debt service payments (cont)

    • Treated the same way non-recurring referenda are treated on the revenue limit worksheet.

Energy efficiency exemption7
Energy Efficiency Exemption

NEW for 2011-12 (2011 WI Act 32)

  • Debt service payments (cont)

    • Setting the levy:

      • Statute requires that any revenues generated through this exemption be expended within the fiscal year.

      • The exemption will therefore equal the debt service payments being made based on the fiscal year.

      • Debt service levies will continue to be calculated on a calendar year basis.

      • Exemption may not equal total Fund 38 levy.

Energy efficiency exemption8
Energy Efficiency Exemption

NEW for 2011-12 (2011 WI Act 32)

  • Debt service payments (cont)

    • If the district intends to use savings realized from the efficiency program to offset the debt service payments and not levy for that, it may do so without using the revenue limit exemption.

      More information is available at


2012 13 revenue limit1

Pre-Populated Worksheets


2012 13 revenue limit2

  • 2012-13 pre-populated worksheets are now available for districts to use for planning:

  • http://sfs.dpi.wi.gov/sfs_revlimworksheet

  • Select “2012-13 Pre-Populated Revenue Limit Worksheet”

2012 13 revenue limit3

The Pre-Populated worksheet includes:

  • Line 1, Base Revenues

  • Line 2, Base Membership

  • Line 7B, Hold Harmless (very few districts)

  • Line 8A, Prior Year Carry-Over

  • Line 12B, High Poverty Aid

2012 13 revenue limit4

District must estimate:

  • Summer and September 2012 FTE

  • Property Values

  • Recurring exemptions [“Line 8”] – transfer of service / transfer of territory, federal impact aid loss & referenda to exceed limit (note: prior year carryover amount is already calculated in the worksheet)

  • Non-Recurring exemptions [“Line 10”] – referenda to exceed limit, energy efficiency, adjustments for refunded/rescinded taxes (note: declining enrollment exemption will auto-calculate based on enrollment estimates provided by district).

2012 13 revenue limit5

At this point, the revenue limit worksheet will help districts get to an amount for Line 11, “Revenue Limit With All Exemptions”:

  • Provides an estimate of the total amount of revenue for State General/High Poverty Aid plus the district’s controlled levy

  • District’s can input amounts for state aid to estimate the split between aid and levy.

2012 13 revenue limit6

Updates to Pre-Populated worksheet

  • May – after membership audits for 11-12 are completed

  • July – after July 1 Aid Estimate

    • SAFR will be closed in mid-June to generate these estimates

    • Important to update PI-1504 before the system is locked to generate as accurate an aid estimate as possible.

2012 13 revenue limit7

Change to Open Enrollment


2012 13 revenue limit8

VERY NEW FOR 2012-13

  • 2011 Act 114, passed in February 2012, provides for a new revenue limit exemption:

    • Districts may receive an exemption for the dollar amount of state aid reduction related to the Open Enrollment (OE) program, for resident pupils who open-enrolled out of the district, but who were NOT counted by the district in the pupil count for revenue limit purposes.

  • Effective for this year (2011-12), but the exemption occurs in the following year ; so the first year for exemption will be 2012-13.

2012 13 revenue limit9

OE Exemption, 2012-13

  • How might this happen?

  • Pupil open-enrolls at some point after the pupil count for revenue limit calculation. Under Act 114, the OE application window is expanded (1st Monday in February through the last weekday in April) and a pupil may apply outside the newly expanded window if they meet specific criteria laid out in statute.

2012 13 revenue limit10

OE Exemption, 2012-13

  • Criteria for applying outside the window:

  • Pupil is victim of violent criminal offense

  • Pupil is homeless (or was in immediately preceding year)

  • Pupil is victim of repeated bullying or harassment (parent has reported to resident district board, hasn’t stopped)

  • Change of residence – military orders

  • Pupil moved into the state

  • Change of residence (court order, custody/foster placement)

  • Pupil’s parent, resident and non-resident district school boards all agree it is in the best interest of the pupil.

  • Pupil’s parent & non-resident district agree (best interest of pupil) but resident district doesn’t; parent can appeal to DPI.

    Statutory language: ss. 118.51(3m)(b)

2012 13 revenue limit11

OE Exemption, 2012-13

  • How might this happen?

    2. Error in the pupil count: resident pupil who open-enrolls out is inadvertently missed in the pupil count that is used for the revenue limit calculation. This can occur if an OE pupil’s family moves to a different resident district, but the new resident district is not made aware of the move.

    • It will be incumbent upon the resident district to show DPI that an OE-outgoing pupil was actually missed in the pupil count (i.e., student rosters).

    • This underscores the importance of communication between districts for OE pupils.

2012 13 per pupil adjustment aid

  • For 2012-13 only, the state has created a one-time aid.

  • Essentially a “matching grant” to the per pupil adjustment on line 4A of the revenue limit worksheet.

  • Is outside the revenue limit, and is not included when calculating the base for 2013-14.

2012 13 per pupil adjustment aid1

  • Revenue Limit worksheet has been modified to provide districts with

    • A calculation of the maximum possible amount of PPA Aid

    • An estimate of actual PPA Aid, based on levy projections entered on the worksheet.

    • Also shows these numbers on a per pupil basis.

2012 13 per pupil adjustment aid2

District levies to full authority and is eligible for full aid amount

2012 13 per pupil adjustment aid3

  • Is pro-rated in the event the district under-levies

    • If don’t use the additional levy authority from the Line 4A adjustment, won’t receive the “matching grant”

2012 13 per pupil adjustment aid4

District under-levies to and is eligible only for a pro-rated aid amount

2012 13 per pupil adjustment aid5

  • Is pro-rated in the event the district under-levies

    • EXCEPTION: If the district has carry-over authority (Line 8A) from the prior year, can under-levy by that amount before pro-ration begins.

2012 13 per pupil adjustment aid6

District under-levies by less than the Prior Year Carry-Over amount and is eligible for full aid amount

2012 13 per pupil adjustment aid7

  • Lines 21 A & B provide a calculation on a per pupil basis of the aid.

    • A) shows the revenue limit per member, less any carryover.

    • B) shows the amount of revenue limit authority the district is using per member.

    • B may be greater than A if there is carryover!

    • When B is less than A is when pro-rating kicks in.

2012 13 per pupil adjustment aid8

District levies to full authority and is eligible for full aid amount

  • District under-levies to and is eligible only for a pro-rated aid amount.

  • The difference between Ln A and Ln B = $32.47/pupil

  • 616 pupils in this example

  • $20,000 net difference ($32.47 X 616).

Wufar changes1

  • No new accounts added

  • No accounts deleted

  • Clarifications to WUFAR manual:

    • Section 504 expenditures should be accounted for in Fund 10, Function 219000 (not Fund 27)

    • Stipends paid:

      • Object 310 for non-district employees

      • Object 100 for district employees

Wufar changes2

  • Clarifications (cont’d)

    • Instructional staff training…Function 221300

      • Object 291 for staff reimbursements

      • Object 300s for direct district payments

    • Reminder: Do not charge staff training costs to instructional functions (100000) as this could result in overpayment of special education categorical aid

    • Be sure to use the most up to date WUFAR and review appendix for changes made

      • http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/sfs/wufar.html

Opeb changes1

  • Significant changes to the structure of district employee benefits should result in a new actuarial study to properly calculate the ARC and unfunded actuarial accrued liability

  • New study is required every 2 to 3 years depending upon size of OPEB plan

    • 200 or more participants—biennially

    • 200 or less participants—triennially

  • Don’t wait until last minute to hire an actuary

    • Ask for and check references provided

Opeb changes2

  • What happens to OPEB trust assets if no future liability exists?

    • Consult the trust document for any language addressing this situation

    • Consult with legal counsel

Opeb changes3

  • If a district terminates all retiree benefits for current employees how do the contributions to the Trust for retirees get allocated among funds assuming that some retirees were non-Fund 10 employees?

  • Contributions to the trust would be allocated based upon current active employees and since no current employees would qualify for a future OPEB benefit then all contributions should be charged to Fund 10

Online fraud reporting

  • The term ‘Fraud’ refers to an intentional act by one or more individuals among management, those charged with governance, employees, or third parties, involving the use of deception to obtain an unjust or illegal advantage

  • The term ‘Errors’ refers to unintentional misstatements of amounts or disclosures in financial statements

Online fraud reporting1

  • Reporting of fraud

    • The disclosure of possible fraud to parties other than the client’s senior management and those charged with governance ordinarily is not part of the auditor’s responsibility and ordinarily would be precluded by the auditor’s ethical or legal obligations of confidentiality unless the matter is reflected in the auditor’s report

Online fraud reporting2

  • In the following circumstances a duty to disclose to parties outside the entity may exist:

    • Comply with certain legal and regulatory requirements

    • To a successor auditor when the successor makes inquiries

    • In response to a subpoena

    • To a funding agency or other specified agency in accordance with requirements for the audits of entities that receive governmental financial assistance

Online fraud reporting3

  • Wisconsin State Single Audit Guidelines requires:

    • management to report fraud to the granting agency and for taking timely and appropriate action to remedy the fraud (Sect 2.1.4)

    • Auditor should report fraud or evidence that fraud may exist to appropriate level of auditee’s management (Sect 3.6.2)

Online fraud reporting4

  • Wisconsin State Single Audit Guidelines requires:

    • Auditor must report fraud to granting agency in 2 situations (Sect. 3.6.3):

      • If auditee does not report to the granting agency

      • If auditee does not take timely and appropriate steps to remedy the fraud

Online fraud reporting5

  • If fraud or other misconduct involved funding provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the agency shall send written notification to the Inspector General of the federal agency that provided the funds

    • Links to the OIG fraud hotline will be available on several DPI webpages

Online fraud reporting6

  • DPI is developing an online mechanism for reporting fraud

  • Why?

    • Increase the awareness of self-reporting requirement, and

    • Provide a uniform method and access point for reporting

  • Historically notifications were either not happening or were being sent to the wrong DPI staff

Online fraud reporting7

  • How will this work?

    • Links to the online fraud reporting will be available in the various fiscal web portals (Title 1, IDEA, School Financial Services)

    • Do not submit until after the investigatory phase has been completed and fraud has been determined to exist

    • Hopefully will be in place by June 30, 2012

    • Listserv announcements will be sent out

Online fraud reporting8

  • Information to be provided

    • Agency name

    • Date investigation was completed

    • Types of funding involved

    • Years impacted by fraud

    • Legal action taken to date

    • Dollar amount determined/determinable?

    • Contact person name, phone, position, email

Online fraud reporting9

  • Follow up will include:

    • Discussion including more details including federal or state funding involved and dollar amounts

    • Corrective action taken

    • How was it uncovered?

    • Notification of proper DPI departments

    • Potential payback of federal or state funds

Special education1

  • 2011 Wisconsin Act 105

    • Opens up contracted services with private or public agencies for:

      • Orientation and mobility training services

      • Educational interpreter services

      • Educational audiology

      • Speech and language therapy

      • Pupil transition services for eligible pupils ages 18 to 21

    • Applies to both Special Ed State Categorical Aid and IDEA Flow-through and Preschool.

Special education2

  • Act 105

    • More specific guidance about eligible services will be available soon

    • Contracted staff must be properly licensed

    • Applies to entire 2012 fiscal year

    • These costs are coded to:

      • Function 436000, object 370 and project 011 or 340

    • Do not include payments to CESA, CCDEB or another school district for contracted services

Special education3

  • Third Party Grant Administrator (TPGA)

    • If your District, CESA or CCDEB participates in a Third Party Grant Arrangement, make sure to record all revenue and expenditures that are purchased by the TPGA on behalf of the award recipient.

      • Important for Single Audit purposes.

    • Also include in Grant Payment In (GPI) and Grant Payment Out (GPO) when appropriate.

Special education4

  • Open Enrollment Flat Fee

    • Beginning with the 2013 budget,

      • AllOpen Enrollment Flat Feecosts will be coded to Fund 10, Function 435000, General Tuition Open Enrollment.

      • Only Additional Amountsfor Special Education Open Enrollment students will be coded to Fund 27, Function 437000.

    • WUFAR definitions will be changed to be effective for the 2013 budget

    • We encourage LEAs to implement this for FY 2012, but it isn’t required until FY 2013.

      • Must be removed from Maintenance of Effort Calc.

Special education5

  • 2012 PI-1505-SE Changes

    • Main components of the report haven’t changed.

    • Similar design as the future overall DPI site

    • Menu appears on the top

    • Increase in linking for improved navigation

      • Links to other main pages are easily accessible at all times

      • Link to errors and warnings from Enter/Edit screen

      • Errors give options to link directly to possible problem

Special education6

  • 2012 PI-1505-SE Changes

    • Search features improved

      • Now returns 1,000 account lines

      • Dropdown for choices of Reported Values, Required Accounts, Needing Attention and No Limit

      • Alert appears next to accounts “Needing Attention”

    • Additional information to provide on Enter/Edit Screen

      • New Contracted Service and Vehicle Purchase

      • If there is a value in these accounts, a question will need to be answered on Enter/Edit Screen.

Special education7

  • 2012 PI-1505-SE Changes

    • New Financial Data Reports

      • Audit trail

      • Submit Status of all LEAs (for grant reconciliation)

    • Errors

      • New Errors by Category screen in prep for combined report

      • Old Error listing available as well

Special education8

  • 2012 PI-1505-SE Changes

    • IDEA claim tie out

      • Amounts claimed for the IDEA grant should match the grant amounts reported on the PI-1505-SE.

      • Look at overall total amounts in project 340, not detail. They are expected to be reasonably close.

      • A built in edit or manual after the fact edit will be done comparing your grant claim costs to the costs reported on the PI-1505-SE.

    • Fund 27 Matrix and Vendor Upload File

      • Will be updated to match IDEA allowables

      • Will be updated to add the new contracted services.

Main Menu located on the top of the screen instead of on the left.

Menu item with arrow has additional drop down choices.

These links appear at the top of the every page to easily navigate to other pages.

Links to the Errors and Warnings Pages.

Drop down menu for choice of viewing.

Account Alert for accounts needing attention. In this case, all required accounts are shown, but can choose “Needing Attention” to show the two that need to be completed.

If there is an amount greater than zero in 256300, object 550 or 560, then must answer question.

If there is an amount greater than zero for the new contracted services, function 436000, object 370 and project 011, then must itemize dollar amounts.

Errors By Category is similar to what is used in the SAFR Full Annual and will be expanded when there is a combined report.

Clicking the link will take you to just that category of errors.

Clicking the Errors sub-menu link will take you to the errors view that you are used to seeing in the Special Education Annual Report.

This is more like the error screen you are used to in the Special Education Annual Report.

Descriptions have been updated to give more detail about the error and to include links to take you directly to the screen to resolve.

Special education9
SPECIAL EDUCATION Special Education Annual Report.

  • PI-1505/PI-1505-SE Feedback

    • New ideas

    • Things you like about the Full or SPED annual

    • Things you don’t like

    • Reports you would like

    • Send a message to [email protected]

Odds and ends
ODDS and ends Special Education Annual Report.

Odds and ends1
ODDS and ENDS Special Education Annual Report.

  • Common School Fund

  • Non-renewal Dates

  • Education Jobs Fund

  • Categorical Aid Proration Estimates

  • Second Chance Partners for Education

  • Annual Report Due Date

  • Membership – 4K/Preschool Special Ed

  • 20 and 21 Year Olds

  • Transfer of Service

  • State Trust Fund Loans

  • Youth Challenge Academy

  • Summer School Fees

Common school fund
COMMON SCHOOL FUND Special Education Annual Report.

  • The per pupil allocation is down slightly for 2011-12 from $27.29 per person last year to $26.54 per person

  • The limit of common school fund money usage for computers (previously 25%) has been removed. The person who supervises the district’s libraries must be consulted and the computers must be housed in the school library.

Non renewal dates
NON-RENEWAL DATES Special Education Annual Report.

  • 118.22(2) has changed the deadline for written notice of renewal or refusal to renew teacher’s contracts from March 15 to May 15 with the date for teacher acceptance or rejection changing from April 15 to June 15. This change also correspondingly impacts the deadlines in 118.22(3) as well.

Education jobs fund
EDUCATION JOBS FUND Special Education Annual Report.

  • The final date for expenditures for the Education Jobs Fund is September 30, 2012.

  • The final date to make a claim for reimbursement from the Education Jobs Fund is October 5, 2012.

  • These deadlines include the supplemental amount that was added this fiscal year.

  • Please contact Paul Dix at DPI at [email protected] 608-267-9213 or

    Dan Subach and Tracy Williamson at DOA : [email protected] (608)264-9573 or [email protected] (608)267-7395.

Categorical aid proration estimates


Categorical Aid Estimated

  • Special Education

  • Special Ed/Transp. 26.60%

  • Psych/Social Work 26.60%

  • Room and Board 26.60%

  • Hospital 100.00%

  • Common School $26.54 (actual)

  • Transportation 100.00%

  • Bilingual/Bicultural 8.00%

Second chance partners for education
Second Chance Partners for Education Special Education Annual Report.

  • A partnership between a non-profit corporation operating a program in which children at risk participate in apprenticeships while earning high school diplomas;

  • Previously DPI withheld aid from districts and paid the non-profit;

  • New legislation provides for direct billing to districts an amount the same as for 2r charter schools for 2012-13 (Not yet signed by Governor but anticipate it will be);

  • In 2011-12, that amount is $7,775

Annual report due date
Annual Report Due Special Education Annual Report. Date

  • The due date for the 1505 Full Annual and Special Education Annual Reports has been moved up a week (September 21, 2012). This has been done to have the 1506 AC and the 1505 due closer in time so that the 1506 AC is finalized at an earlier date which results in a more accurate aid certification.

Membership 4k and ec
Membership – 4K and EC Special Education Annual Report.

Must be operating an approved 4K program:

  • Contact Jill Haglund

  • E mail: [email protected]

  • Phone: (608) 267-9625

  • Web page: http://ec.dpi.wi.gov/ec_ec4yrpag

    • Pupil must be 4 years old by Sept. 1

    • 4K must be universal and open to all age-eligible children in the district.

    • If pupils in both 4K and Preschool Special Education, count in 4K. Do not count in more than one program.


      • Only pupils enrolled as preschool special education are eligible to be counted – Pupil must be at least 3 years old by the count date, district must be fulfilling needs identified in IEP, no maximum or minimum time requirement

Membership 4k and ec1
Membership – 4K and EC Special Education Annual Report.

  • The PI 1563 Pupil Count asks for a headcount.

  • After submission – we will convert the headcount to an FTE

Who to count 20 vs 21
Who to Count? Special Education Annual Report. 20 vs 21

  • 20 vs. 21 – Is there a difference? … YES!

  • Special Education: if a special education student is 20 prior to the first day of classes according to the school calendar, the student can enroll any time during the year , even after turning 21, and the district must provide services and can count the student.

  • Regular Education: if a regular education student is 20 when he/she enrolls and receives instruction, the district must provide services and can count the student. If a student turns 21 prior to enrolling and receiving instruction, the district is not required to provide services and cannot count the student. If a student enrolls prior to turning 21, but turns 21 before attending classes, the district is not required to provide services and the student cannot be counted


Transfer of service
Transfer of Service Special Education Annual Report.

  • The Transfer of Service Information Page can be accessed on the left sidebar on the Finance Team home page or directly at: http://www2.dpi.state.wi.us/SFStos/transerv.aspx

  • Important TOS Due Dates:      Aug 20th - Part A Documentation

  •       Aug 20th - Part B Verification

  •       Aug 20th - Part C TOS (Summary) Revenue Limit Request

Transfer of service1
Transfer of Service Special Education Annual Report.

  • Everything is due Aug 20th. This is later than past years.

    • Be aware that it is the requesting district’s responsibility to get all verifications by the due date.

    • Be aware that many districts have limited staff working during the summer. The TOS contact at the previous district may not be available.

    • There is no actual request until Part C is submitted – it can be amended until the due date.

    • Start the process early.

Board of commissioners of public lands
Board of Commissioners of Public Lands Special Education Annual Report.

  • Source of State Trust Fund Loans

  • BCPL generates investment income for distribution as public school library aid— a total of $65.6 million during fiscal years 2010 and 2011.

  • BCPL loans moneyto municipalities and school districts for public purpose projects— over $350 million approved during that same time period.

  • BCPL contributes to Wisconsin’s sustainable timber economy, to combat forest fragmentation, protect unique natural areas, and secure public access to large blocks of northern forests.

  • BCPL manages anconsulted by land owners, surveyors, researchers, and others interested in this rich source of historical information about the state’s land and early settlers.

  • Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Landshttp://bcpl.state.wi.us/

Youth challenge academy
Youth Challenge Special Education Annual Report. Academy

  • A Youth Challenge Academy information link can be found on the left sidebar on the finance team webpage. Or directly: http://sfs.dpi.wi.gov/sfs_youthchall

  • You can also go directly to the Youth Challenge Academy home page which contains information about youth challenge program, including information about the application process: http://www.ngycp.org/site/state/wi/

Youth challenge academy1
Youth Challenge Special Education Annual Report. Academy

The Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy is a residential program for 16 to 18 year old at-risk students.

  • Students/parents apply directly to academy

  • If pupil does not drop out during the 1st two weeks of the program, the resident district is responsible for part of the cost

  • 2010-11 district cost was $4,639.57

  • District will get membership credit for both aid and revenue limit

  • An on-line Challenge Academy report is generated for all districts with pupils enrolled in the program

  • Purpose of report is to make sure the district gets the appropriate membership credit

Summer school fees
Summer School Special Education Annual Report. - Fees

If the district claims summer school aid under s.121.14, Wis. Stats

There shall be no cost to the resident student beyond individual use supplies (towels, gym clothes, band instruments, notebooks, pencils), and textbooks or similar items (workbooks). Fees for equipment, admission to a facility or event, transportation, shuttling, and food and lodging for off-campus activities are prohibited if a district claims state aid.

Items for which fees are charged must be legally permitted and actually purchased for summer school use. See PI 17: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/code/pi/pi017.pdf

Summer school fees1
Summer School Special Education Annual Report. - Fees

If the district does not claim summer school aid

School boards may establish and collect reasonable fees for social, recreational or extracurricular summer classes and programs which are neither credited toward graduation nor eligible for state aid [s. 118.04 (4)]. School boards may also provide and charge for transportation for extracurricular activities such as school athletic contests, school games, after school practice, late activity, school outings or extracurricular school field trips [s. 121.54 (7)].

Do not claim these activities for summer school membership.

Summer school fees2
Summer School Special Education Annual Report. - Fees

  • What will auditors ask for?

    • Audit procedures available to auditors at:


    • PI-1804 (Worksheet)

    • Summer school list of classes and fees

      • Should not be a flat fee

    • Expenditures (by course) for the classes that charge fees

      • Run a detailed report of the appropriate function and object and identify for auditor those used for summer school

    • May be asked to pull some invoices

Summer school fees3
Summer School Special Education Annual Report. - Fees

  • What will auditors test for?

    • Fees are not charged as a flat fee across all courses

    • Costs identified by course are eligible costs

    • Costs that are eligible meet or exceed fees charged (by course)

      Summer school fees may not be used to subsidize other classes or students.

Fees Special Education Annual Report.

The authority of the school board to assess user fees is powerful but limited. Care must be taken to use this authority judiciously. Copies of local board policies on school fees should be available on request.

At the end of the summer school term, revenues (fees collected) should be reviewed and compared with course expenditures. Refunds must be made before the list of audited schools is compiled, usually around the end of January.

Dpi school finance team
DPI SCHOOL FINANCE TEAM Special Education Annual Report.

Please contact one of us if you have any questions:

  • Jerry Landmark, Director 608-266-6968

  • Debbie Brown, Asst Director 608-267-9209

  • Brad Adams, Consultant 608-267-3752

  • Bob Avery, Consultant 608-267-9707

  • Erin Fath, Consultant 608-266-3464

  • Gene Fornecker, Auditor 608-267-7882

  • Brian Kahl, Auditor 608-266-3862

  • Michele Tessner, Special Ed. 608-267-9218