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416 Travel Compensation for Employees

Employees traveling on behalf of the school district and performing approved school district business will be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses.  Actual and necessary travel expenses will include, but not be limited to, transportation and/or mileage costs, lodging expenses, meal expenses and registration costs.

Travel Within the School District

Employees required to travel in their personal vehicle between school district buildings to carry out the duties of their position may be reimbursed at the rate (calculated in cents per mile) allowed and/or recommended by law.  It is the responsibility of the supervisor to approve travel within the school district by employees.  It is the responsibility of the board to review the travel within the school district by the superintendent through the board's audit and approval process.

Travel Outside the School District

Travel outside of the school district must be verbally pre-approved by the employee's supervisor.  Pre-approval will include an evaluation of the necessity of the travel, the reason for the travel and an estimate of the cost of the travel to qualify as approved school district business.

Reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses will be allowed for travel outside the school district if the employee received pre-approval for the travel.  Reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses for travel outside the school district will be limited to the pre-approved expenses.  Prior to reimbursement of actual and necessary expenses, the employee must provide the school district with a detailed receipt, indicating the date, purpose and nature of the expense for each claim item.  In exceptional circumstances, the superintendent may allow a claim without proper receipt.  Written documentation explaining the exceptional circumstances is maintained as part of the school district's record of the claim. Meal reimbursement limits will follow those set by the Iowa Department of Legislative Services.

Failure to have a detailed receipt will make the expense a personal expense.  Personal expenses, including mileage, in excess of that required for the trip are reimbursed by the employee to the school district no later than ten (10) working days following the date of the expense.

The District expects travel requests to include the most cost efficient means of travel.  This includes travel, lodging, and any additional expenses.  If a school district vehicle is not available, the employee will be reimbursed at the rate (calculated in cents per mile) allowed and/or recommended by law.

The superintendent is responsible for developing administrative regulations regarding actual and necessary expenses, district travel allowances and assignment of school district vehicles. The administrative regulations will include the appropriate forms to be filed for reimbursement to the employee from the school district and the procedures for obtaining approval for travel outside of and within the school district.

Approved:   07/13/2015    Reviewed:          Revised:   2/12/2018