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District cautioned to avoid improper retention of surplus funds

On Board Online • April 17, 2017

By Kimberly A. Fanniff
Senior Staff Counsel

Reserve funds are a mechanism by which school districts may set aside money for certain future expenses pursuant to specified provisions of the education and general municipal laws. A school district may use budgetary appropriations to fund reserve funds or may designate a portion of the unexpended operating funds at the end of a school year to be placed in a reserve.

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