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2:125 Board Member Compensation; Expenses

School Board


Board Member Compensation; Expenses


Board Member Compensation Prohibited
School Board members provide volunteer service to the community and may not receive compensation for services, except that a Board member serving as the Board Secretary may be paid an amount up to the statutory limit if the Board so provides.


Roll Call Vote
All Board member expense requests for travel, meals, and/or lodging must be approved by roll call vote at an open meeting of the Board.


Regulation of School District Expenses
The Board regulates the reimbursement of all travel, meal, and lodging expenses in the District by resolution. No later than approval of the annual budget and when necessary, the Superintendent will recommend a maximum allowable reimbursement amount for expenses to be included in the resolution. The recommended amount should be based upon the District’s budget and other financial considerations.


Money shall not be advanced or reimbursed, or purchase orders issued for: (1) the expenses of any person except the Board member, (2) anyone’s personal expenses, or (3) entertainment expenses. Entertainment includes, but is not limited to, shows, amusements, theaters, circuses, sporting events, or any other place of public or private entertainment or amusement, unless the entertainment is ancillary to the purpose of the program or event.


Exceeding the Maximum Allowable Reimbursement Amount(s)
All requests for expense advancements, reimbursements, and/or purchase orders that exceed the maximum allowable reimbursement amount set by the Board may only be approved by it when:


1. The Board’s resolution to regulate expenses allows for such approval;


2. An emergency or other extraordinary circumstance exists; and


3. The request is approved by a roll call vote at an open Board meeting.


Advancements
The Board may advance to its members actual and necessary expenses to be incurred while attending:


1. Meetings sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education or by the Regional Superintendent of Schools;


2. County or regional meetings and the annual meeting sponsored by any school board association complying with Article 23 of the School Code; and


3. Meetings sponsored by a national organization in the field of public school education.


Expense advancement requests must be submitted to the Superintendent or designee on the Board’s standardized estimated expense approval form. After spending expense advancements, Board members must use the Board’s standardized expense reimbursement form and submit to the Superintendent: (a) the itemized, signed advancement voucher that was issued, and (b) the amount of actual expenses by attaching receipts. A Board member must return to the District any portion of an expense advancement not used. If an expense advancement is not requested, expense reimbursements
may be issued by the Board to its members for the activities listed in numbers one through three,
above, along with registration fees or tuition for a course(s) that allowed compliance with the
mandatory trainings described in policy 2:120, Board Member Development and other professional
development opportunities that are encouraged by the School Code (see the Reimbursements and
Purchase Orders subhead, below). Expense advancements and vouchers shall be presented to the
Board in its regular bill process.


Reimbursements and Purchase Orders
Expense reimbursement is not guaranteed and, when possible, Board members should seek preapproval
of expenses by providing an estimation of expenses on the Board’s standardized estimated
expense approval form, except in situations when the expense is diminutive. When pre-approval is
not sought, Board members must seek reimbursement on the Board’s standardized expense
reimbursement form. Expense reimbursements and purchase orders shall be presented to the Board in
its regular bill process.


Credit and Procurement Cards
Credit and procurement cards shall not be issued to Board members.


Standardized Expense Form(s) Required
All requests for expense advancement, reimbursement, and/or purchase orders in the District must be
submitted on the appropriate itemized, signed standardized form(s). The form(s) must show the
following information:


1. The amount of the estimated or actual expense, with attached receipts for actual incurred
expenses.


2. The name and office of the Board member who is requesting the expense advancement or
reimbursement. Receipts from group functions must include the names, offices, and job titles
of all participants.


3. The date(s) of the official business on which the expense advancement or reimbursement will
be or was expended.


4. The nature of the official business conducted when the expense advancement or
reimbursement will be or was expended.


Types of Official Business for Expense Advancements, Reimbursements, and Purchase Orders


1. Registration. When possible, registration fees will be paid by the District in advance.


2. Travel. The least expensive method of travel will be used, providing that no hardship will be
caused to the Board member. Board members will be reimbursed for:


a. Air travel at the coach or economy class commercial airline rate. First class or business
class air travel will be reimbursed only if emergency circumstances warrant. The
emergency circumstances must be explained on the expense form and Board approval of
the additional expense is required. Fees for the first checked bag will be reimbursed.
Copies of airline tickets and baggage receipts must be attached to the expense form.


b. Rail or bus travel at actual cost. Rail or bus travel costs may not exceed the cost of coach
airfare. Copies of tickets must be attached to the expense form to substantiate amounts.

c. Use of personal automobiles at the standard mileage rate approved by the Internal
Revenue Service for income tax purposes. The reimbursement may not exceed the cost of
coach airfare. Mileage for use of personal automobiles in trips to and from transportation
terminals will also be reimbursed. Toll charges and parking costs will be reimbursed.


d. Automobile rental costs when the vehicle’s use is warranted. The circumstances for such
use must be explained on the expense form.


e. Taxis, airport limousines, ride sharing or other local transportation costs.


3. Meals. Meals charged to the School District should represent mid-fare selections for the
hotel/meeting facility or general area, consistent with the maximum allowable reimbursement
amount set by the Board. Tips are included with meal charges. Expense forms must explain
the meal charges incurred. Alcoholic beverages will not be reimbursed.


4. Lodging. Board members should request conference rate or mid-fare room accommodations.
A single room rate will be reimbursed. Board members should pay personal expenses at
checkout. If that is impossible, deductions for the charges should be made on the expense
form.


5. Miscellaneous Expenses. Board members may seek reimbursement for other expenses
incurred while attending a meeting sponsored by organizations described herein by fully
describing the expenses on the expense form, attaching receipts.


Additional Requirements for Travel Expenses Charged to Federal and State Grants
All Board member expenses for travel charged to a federal grant or State grant governed by the Grant
Accountability and Transparency Act (30 ILCS 708/) must comply with Board policy 5:60, Expenses,
and its implementing procedures. Travel expenses include costs for transportation, lodging, meals,
and related items.


LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/10-20 and 5/10-22.32.
30 ILCS 708/, Government Accountability and Transparency Act.
50 ILCS 150/, Local Government Travel Expense Control Act.
CROSS REF.: 2:100 (Board Member Conflict of Interest), 2:120 (Board Member
Development), 2:240 (Board Policy Development), 4:50 (Payment Procedures),
4:55 (Use of Credit and Procurement Cards), 5:60 (Expenses)
ADOPTED: May 14, 1997
REVISED: April 14, 1999
September 14, 2001
June 19, 2002
October 17, 2007
December 15, 2010
December 19, 2012
December 21, 2016
July 15, 2020

Downlown Policy Section 2.125