FAQs

Budget

1. What are allowable budget transfers?

There are two ways to do a budget transfer:

1. Fill out a BCSD Fiscal Services BUDGET TRANSFER FORM as directed. Complete the “from” account code, the “to” account code, the amount, and the explanation for the transfer. Have the form signed by an authorized individual at your school site, and mail/fax it to the Fiscal Services Office for approval. Staff will make the transfer in your computer files.

2. Go into the BUDGETXFR function of your school’s computer budget files. Follow the instructions on the computer screen. Print a report of the transaction and have the report signed by an authorized individual at your school site. Mail/fax the signed report to the Fiscal Services Office for approval. This is a data entry screen only. Once you exit out of this screen, you will not be able to recover the data that you just typed. Nothing will be sent by the mainframe to Fiscal Services. Action will only be taken when the signed form is received (mail/fax) in Fiscal Services.

Budget transfers may be made

1. between account codes in the same categorical program

2. between account codes in the 4000, 5000 (excluding mileage stipends, utilities, telephone, and maintenance contracts), and 6000 object classifications

3. between “extra time” (District Code 01) and/or “sub time” (District Code 02) salary accounts and account codes in the 4000-6000 range

4. between unrestricted monies appropriated for your site on a formula basis [e.g. supplies, equipment], accounts funded through attendance incentives [see FAQs for Lottery funds].

Budget transfers may not be made:

between position-control-generated salary and/or benefit accounts (District Code 00) and other account codes [Note: any changes that need to be made to salaries from the salary schedules will be initiated by Fiscal Services].

between 7000 object codes and any other account codes

between or from restricted monies appropriated for your site such as Special Education, Federal Class Size Reduction, Medi-Cal Billing Option, and Desegregation.

2. What budgets can be carried over?

For unrestricted general fund budgets, the past practice of the District has been to carry over unused Lottery funds at the school sites. In categorical program budgets, many grants allow carryover. This is determined by the granting agency and can be found in the grant letter or application. In general, funding for the current school year is driven by the student population of that year and is intended for those students.

3. What can be purchased from Lottery funds?

Per Ed. Code and Board policy, lottery must be used for instructional academic expenditures directly related to students. It may not be used for building or site improvement.

4. What budgets cannot be used for on-going expenses?

Funds for Attendance Incentive, or any one-time allocation or one-year grant.

5. What if I discover expenditures have been charged to the wrong account?

You may submit a transfer form for “Expenditures” with backup report showing the expenditure posting to the incorrect account and request it be transferred to the correct account. The school or department to be charged as a result of the transfer must approve the transaction.

6. How do I change the access for a staff member on the main frame system?

Request a form from Information Technology. The principal or department head can change access to accounts or types of transactions for their staff.

7. How do I know how much is in my budget?

There is direct on line access to your budget information. Request the Business System documentation that relates to budget from Information Technology.

8. How do I know when a budget has been made available?

Generally, when a new budget is put on the system after the first of the year, you will be notified by Fiscal Services. Run a Budget Report for your site or department and compare to previous report. You may call Fiscal Services for assistance or questions regarding a new budget.

Accounts Payable

Does Accounts Payable type (generate) the checks to pay the District bills?

No. All checks are generated at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) office. Accounts Payable sends the required documentation to their office requesting that checks be generated.

How often are invoices (bills) paid?

Invoices are processed for payment daily.

Are checks generated daily?

Checks are generated as often as Accounts Payable sends the required documentation to KCSOS; however, KCSOS has set aside a six working day period at the end of each month, where no requests for checks will be accepted. The process of obtaining checks resumes at the beginning of each month.

Once an invoice is processed for payment, how long does it take to receive the check and get it in the mail?

Normally, from two to five working days.

Payroll

When do I get paid?

Salaries relating to positions are paid the last working day of the month. Substitutes, overtime and other supplemental pay are paid the tenth of the month.

Is direct deposit available and how do I sign up?

Direct deposit is available and encouraged. For direct deposit to the Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, you must sign up at the credit union and they will forward the authorization to payroll. For direct deposit for other financial institutions, you must sign up in payroll.

How do I change my W-4?

To change your W-4 you must obtain the form from payroll and return it by the 10th of the month for the change to take effect on the end of the month payroll.

What does OASDI mean?

Old Age Survivor Disability Insurance (Social Security).

What does SUI mean?

State Unemployment Insurance.

How do I contact the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CALSTRS)?

Phone number:
(800) 228-5453
(916) 229-3541 (TTY- hearing impaired)
Address: P.O. Box 15275 , M.S. 8
Sacramento, Ca 95851-0275
Web Site: www.calstrs.com

How do I contact the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CALPERS)?

Phone number:
(888) 225-7377
(916) 326-3240 (TTY hearing impaired)
Address: P.O. Box 942704
Sacramento, Ca 94229-2704
Web Site: www.calpers.ca.gov

Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.