Florida Senate - 2013                                     SB 806
       By Senator Stargel
       15-01250-13                                            2013806__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to powers and duties of district
    3         school boards; amending s. 1001.42, F.S.; authorizing
    4         a district school board to set an opening date for
    5         schools in the district to accommodate the completion
    6         of student coursework and assessments during the fall
    7         term; providing additional purposes for which an
    8         internal auditor may be employed; providing an
    9         effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Paragraph (f) of subsection (4) and paragraph
   14  (l) of subsection (12) of section 1001.42, Florida Statutes, are
   15  amended to read:
   16         1001.42 Powers and duties of district school board.—The
   17  district school board, acting as a board, shall exercise all
   18  powers and perform all duties listed below:
   20  Adopt and provide for the execution of plans for the
   21  establishment, organization, and operation of the schools of the
   22  district, including, but not limited to, the following:
   23         (f) Opening and closing of schools; fixing uniform date.
   24  Adopt policies for the opening and closing of schools and fix
   25  uniform dates; however, beginning with the 2007-2008 school
   26  year, the opening date for schools in the district may not be
   27  earlier than 14 days before Labor Day each year, except that a
   28  district school board may advance the opening date for schools
   29  in the district by the number of days necessary to enable
   30  students to complete all coursework and assessments for fall
   31  term courses 5 days before Christmas Day.
   32         (12) FINANCE.—Take steps to assure students adequate
   33  educational facilities through the financial procedure
   34  authorized in chapters 1010 and 1011 and as prescribed below:
   35         (l) Internal auditor.—May employ an internal auditor to
   36  perform ongoing financial verification of the financial records
   37  of the school district and such other audits and reviews as the
   38  district school board directs for the purpose of overseeing
   39  school district resources and determining compliance with
   40  applicable laws and district school board-approved policies,
   41  procedures, and contracts. The internal auditor shall report
   42  directly to the district school board or its designee.
   43         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.