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Frequently Asked Questions


Susan Barkley

Division of District Support

502-564-3930 extension 4437


KDE website – same page as the Redbook

  • Will continue to be updated periodically
  • New information is in red type
  • Publishing date on website and document
purpose of the redbook

Protect funds raised by students

  • Protect students against funding responsibility
Purpose of the Redbook
key provisions

Item #1 on page 7 – “contributions and collections derived from school-sponsored fundraising activities shall be deposited in the school’s activity fund bank account”

  • Item #5 on page 7 – “fundraising activities are to benefit students, so fundraisers to cover staff payroll and other operating costs are not permitted”
Key Provisions
key provisions1

Item #1 on page 20 – “school activity funds are raised for a specific function or purpose during a specific fiscal year and must be used for that specific function during that period”

  • Item #2 on page 20 – “due to timing…a school may have to carry forward funds from year to year”
Key Provisions
required at school level

Student Activity Funds - Contributions and collections derived from school-sponsored fundraising activities

  • Fundraising by student clubs and student organizations
  • To support student clubs and organizations
  • Expended with input from student clubs and organizations
Required at School Level
required at district level


  • Day care fees
  • Adult education fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Donations (unless board policy allows donations at the school level)
  • Any funding source restricted to an expenditure disallowed by Redbook (except student fundraising)
Required at District Level
Student Activity

District Activity

Can be deposited at the school or the district

Raised by school/district or staff

Expended with input from staff

  • Must be deposited at the school level
  • Raised by student fundraising
  • Expended with input from student groups
potential student activity funds

Funds raised by students

  • Expended by student groups
  • Chorus Club
  • Debate Team
  • Class of 2016
  • Beta Club
  • Cheerleading Club
  • Band
  • FFA
Potential Student Activity Funds
potential district activity funds

Support co-curricular and extra-curricular activities

  • Not raised and expended by student groups
  • Gate receipts
  • Book fair
  • Locker fees
  • Parking fees
  • School plays
  • Field trips
  • Picture sales
  • Other commission sales
Potential District Activity Funds
School Bank Account

District Bank Account

District Funds

Not subject to Redbook

Any expenditure that meets “educational purpose”

  • School Activity Funds
  • Subject to Redbook
  • No operational expenditures

Narrow Allowability

Increased Flexibility

school bank account

Reported as Agency Fund on district financial statements

  • Cannot be used for district’s own programs
  • Not included in per pupil expenditures
School Bank Account
district activity funds deposited in district bank account

Use special revenue fund if use is restricted, otherwise use general fund

  • Project codes 7XXX available to track funds separately
  • Guidance forthcoming regarding Fund 21
District Activity Funds Deposited in District Bank Account
best practice

How are you handling district activity funds deposited in the district bank account?

  • Submit your best practice on KDE website at
Best Practice?
how can school activity funds be spent

School activity funds shall not be expended for operating costs (in old Redbook, too)

  • Must benefit student clubs or organizations
  • Cannot be used to support the district’s own programs (GAAP)
  • Go back to the purpose of the Redbook
How Can School Activity Funds be Spent?

Redbook test: Is the expenditure operational in nature? If so, can’t use school funds

  • District test: Does the expenditure have an “educational purpose”? If so, you can use district funds
operating expenditures

Operating transactions are incurred in the course of the operating activities of the institution

  • “It’s what we’re here to do”
  • Anything supporting regular operations
Operating Expenditures
operational vs direct student benefit

Even if there is direct student benefit, you cannot use school activity funds to pay for expenditures which are operational in nature

Operational vs. Direct Student Benefit

Is the cost incurred solely because of the student group and does the purchase benefit only that group?


Expenditures for instruction are likely to be operational because that’s what the school is in the business to do: instruction

transporting student groups

If paid with school activity funds, driver salary/benefits and fuel only

  • Cannot pay for maintenance or depreciation of school bus unless used only by the student group
    • Example: a charter bus rental
Transporting Student Groups
student fees and charges

“All student fees and charges shall be adopted by the board. The fee shall remain in place until modified or removed by board resolution. All student fees adopted by the board shall be used for the purposes set forth in the motion and shall not be spent for any other purpose.”

Student Fees and Charges
what is a fee


A “fee” that is not adopted by the board

Cannot be tracked by individual student

Cannot be refunded

Not subject to fee waiver because it is not a fee

  • Adopted by the board
  • Tracked by individual student
  • May be refunded
  • May be subject to fee waiver requirements
What is a Fee?
fee waiver

702 KAR 3:220

  • Activities meeting that definition require a fee waiver process
    • Trips intersecting with any part of the school day
    • Fees to participate in school-sponsored courses, activities, or programs
      • Use of school property
      • Intramural sports, music, or fine arts
      • Others
  • Fee waiver for students qualifying for free or reduced meals
Fee Waiver
donating to specific students

Cannot be done through the school accounts

  • “Donations” can be made directly to parents/students
  • Will not be tax-deductible to donor
  • Donations may be made for fee waivers in general
Donating to Specific Students