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3326 Payment for Goods and Services

NORTHFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION FILE CODE: 3326 Northfield, New Jersey X Monitored

Mandated Policy X Other Reasons


Before warrants signed by the president and the business administrator may be issued in payment of bills or claims, the bill or claim must be properly audited and approved according to law.

In general, bills or claims shall be audited by the business administrator and approved by resolution of the Northfield Board of Education. However, in order to provide for the prompt payment to which vendors are entitled, and which leads to more effective competitive bidding and provision of services to the district, claims duly audited by the business administrator for items previously approved by the board or provided for in the budget may be approved by Superintendent of Schools or board president or designee. Such payments shall be reported to the board at the next regular meeting.

Items not previously approved by the board or provided for in the budget must be audited by the business administrator and presented for board approval.

Purchase Orders

The Northfield School District will carefully monitor payments for invoice amounts that are greater than the approved purchase order, in order to avoid over-payments. A new purchase order will be issued (and the original purchase order voided) when the adjusted amount reasonably exceeds the original purchase order amount. In no instance shall an adjustment be made to a purchase order that changes the purpose or vendor of the original purchase order or the bid award price.

Financial Systems to Avoid Over-Payments

Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-6.10, the district will program its financial systems to avoid over-payments by:

A. Limiting system access so that only appropriate staff may make purchase order adjustments;

B. Reject adjustments in excess of any established approved thresholds;

C. Prevent unauthorized changes to be processed;

D. Reject payments where the sum of the invoice amount plus any previous invoices charged to the purchase order exceeds the sum of the original purchase order;

E. Reject duplicate invoice numbers;

F. Reject duplicate purchase order numbers;

G. Prepare an edit/change report listing all payments made in excess of the approved purchase order amount.

The business administrator shall review on a monthly basis edit/change reports listing all payments made in excess of the originally approved purchase order amount to ensure that all payments are properly authorized.

Adopted: October 6, 1997

File Code: 3326


NJSBA Review/Update: October 2009; December 2010 Readopted: October 24, 2011 Key Words Payment for Goods and Services, Bills

Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:19-1 N.J.S.A. 18A:19-2 N.J.S.A. 18A:19-3 Expenditure of funds on warrant only; requisites Requirements for payment of claims; audit of claims in general Verification of claims
N.J.S.A. 18A:19-4 N.J.S.A. 18A:19-4.1 N.J.S.A. 18A:19-9 N.J.S.A. 18A:22-8.1 Audit of claims, etc., by secretary; warrants for payment Account or demand; audit; approval Compensation of teachers, etc., payrolls Transfer of amounts among line items and program categories
  1. 6A:23A-6.10 Financial system and payment approval process
  2. 6A:23A-16.8 Petty cash funds


Cross References: *3320 Purchasing procedures *3451 Petty cash funds *3453 School activity funds

4142 Salary checks and deductions 4242 Salary checks and deductions

*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.