Accounts Payable is responsible for the timely and accurate processing of payments for all goods and services procured by the District. This includes payment of vendor invoices, direct payment requests, employee reimbursements, and other miscellaneous expenses in adherence with RCSD policies and procedures, as well as governmental rules and regulations. Accounts Payable acknowledges the importance of maintaining positive relationships with our vendors and the RCSD community and is committed to providing the highest level of customer service. As a result, we are able to support the work of giving each student a quality education in the Rochester City School District.
A purchase order is the standard authorization required for all District purchases of goods and services. Every purchase order originates with a requisition submitted by an authorized requester to the Purchasing Department. After a requisition is reviewed and approved by the Purchasing Department, a purchase order number is issued and funds are designated (encumbered) within the associated budget. Once issued, a purchase order serves as an official contract with a vendor to provide goods or services.
When goods or services are received, it is the responsibility of the requester to promptly enter a receipt against the purchase order in E-Procurement within PeopleSoft. Payment will not be made on any requisitioned goods or services until a receipt is entered. For more information on receiving in PeopleSoft, please refer to the Purchasing Manual and/or the information located on the Purchasing Department SharePoint site.
Vendors are instructed to submit all invoices directly to Accounts Payable. If you receive an invoice at a department or school, please send the invoice to Accounts Payable immediately. Make sure that you have entered a receipt in PeopleSoft for the goods/services purchased.
Certain types of purchases are less predictable in nature and cannot be requisitioned. These purchases are not issued a purchase order and are referred to as direct payments. The District policy regarding direct payments is provided below.
DIRECT PAYMENTS (CONCUR)
The term "direct payments" refers to all payments made to vendors when no purchase order is available. All direct payments are processed electronically via Concur payment request. Generally, governmental accounting requirements are such that a purchase order is mandatory for all purchases. The purpose of this section is to establish uniform procedures and guidelines for District staff to follow that specify when it is permissible to initiate a purchase without a purchase order.
Items Acceptable for Direct Payment
Description Account Code Legal Services 5244 Pupil Accidents 5414 Independent Evaluations 5415 Travel In District 5424 Travel Out Of District 5425 Membership Fees 5426 Travel Out Of District-ASAR 5428 Testifying Fees 5432 Professional Development 5433 Admissions/Tournament Fees 5439 Postage 5462 Driver License Testing 5466 Tuition-In State 5471 Tuition-Out Of State 5472 Health Serv-Othr Dist 5473 Tuition - Charter Schools 5474 Tuition-Dual Enrollment 5476 Scholarships 5481 Permits and Fees 5482 Sports Officials 5486 Adjustment & Disallowance 5492 Judgments & Claims 5493 Tool/Safety Shoe Allowance 5535 BOCES 5590 State Teachers Retirement 5813 Life Insurance 5816 Health Insurance - Ret Empl 5819 Dental Insurance Civ Serv 5820 Unemployment Insurance 5822 Workers Compensation 5823 Employee Assistance Program 5824 Tuition Reimbursement 5825 Moving Cost 5826 Health Insurance FSA Fee 5833
*Any items that do not appear on the above list require a purchase order or P-card payment
The District requires receipts or detailed invoices from the servicing vendor in order to process a Concur payment request. All Concur payment requests without complete documentation will be returned to the requesting employee. See Concur Invoice User Guide for instructions on how to properly submit a payment request with required documentation.
All Direct Payments must be approved by the budget manager of record in PeopleSoft of the department ID being utilized to make the direct payment. If the direct payment is for reimbursement or services for the department manager against the department manager’s own budget, then the department manager’s direct supervisor’s approval is required. Approval by the Superintendent is required for staff reporting directly to him/her or any exceptions to this policy.
It is the responsibility of the authorized approver to examine the expenditure for propriety and to ensure that sufficient funds are available within the budget.
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