1997 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Ferris
Senate Bill 2511
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-7-333, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT IN THE EVENT ANY MEMBER OF THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD HAS A DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONFLICT OF INTEREST REGARDING A DECISION OF THE BOARD REGARDING THE SELECTION OF A DEPOSITORY, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS SHALL DESIGNATE THE STATE TREASURER TO MAKE ALL DECISIONS AND TAKE ANY ACTION WITHIN THE AUTHORITY OF THE SCHOOL BOARD RELATING TO SAID SELECTION; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 37-7-333, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
37-7-333. The school boards of all school districts shall have full control of the receipt, distribution, allotment and disbursement of all funds which may be provided for the support and maintenance of the schools of such district whether such funds be minimum education program allotments, funds derived from supplementary tax levies as authorized by law, or funds derived from any other source whatsoever except as may otherwise be provided by law for control of the proceeds from school bonds or notes and the taxes levied to pay the principal of and interest on such bonds or notes. The tax collector of each county shall make reports, in writing, verified by his affidavit, on or before the twentieth day of each month to the superintendent of schools of each school district within such county reflecting all school district taxes collected by him for the support of said school district during the preceding month. He shall at the same time pay over all such school district taxes collected by him for the support of said school district directly to said superintendent of schools.
All such allotments or funds shall be placed in the depository or depositories selected by the school board in the same manner as provided in Section 27-105-305 for the selection of county depositories. Provided, however, the annual notice to be given by the school board to financial institutions may be given by the school board at any regular meeting subsequent to the board's regular December meeting but prior to the regular May meeting. The bids of financial institutions for the privilege of keeping school funds may be received by the school board at some subsequent meeting, but no later than the regular June meeting; and the selection by the school board of the depository or depositories shall be effective on July 1 of each year. School boards shall advertise and accept bids for depositories, no less than once every three (3) years, when such board determines that it can obtain a more favorable rate of interest and less administrative processing. Such depository shall place on deposit with the superintendent of schools the same securities as required in Section 27-105-315.
In the event a bank submits a bid or offer to a school district to act as a depository for the district and such bid or offer, if accepted, would result in a contract in which a member of the school board would have a direct or indirect interest, the school board should not open or consider any bids received. The superintendent of schools shall submit the matter to the State Treasurer, who shall have the authority to solicit bids, select a depository or depositories, make all decisions and take any action within the authority of the school board under this section relating to the selection of a depository or depositories.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.