(1) Allowable costs for public school districts for purposes of determining payments are limited to instructional and related service costs and do not include the entire cost of operating a special education program. Allowable costs specifically do not include:

(a) the cost of the teachers' retirement system, the public employees' retirement system, or the federal social security system;

(b) the cost for unemployment compensation insurance;

(c) the cost of any administrative, instructional or teacher aide personnel necessary to meet Montana school accreditation standards;

(d) salaries and benefits for transportation aides employed for assisting students with disabilities;

(e) the on-schedule and over-schedule costs of transportation for special education purposes;

(f) the cost of administrative support personnel, such as clerks and clerical personnel, with the exception of ARM 10.16.3807(1) (c) and 10.16.3808(1) (a) ; and

(g) any overhead costs of operations and maintenance. Examples of overhead costs include, but are not limited to, heat, electricity, repairs and maintenance of building and equipment, minor remodeling, service contracts on equipment, and security services.

(2) Allowable costs for expenditures for salaries and benefits of personnel who serve both regular and special education must be directly proportionate to the time dedicated to special education allowable costs outlined in ARM 10.16.3806 and 10.16.3807. To support the proportion of time charged to special education, districts and cooperatives must maintain documentation such as time and effort reports, class schedules, job descriptions or other support information that will verify the time each person devotes to activities associated with special education allowable costs.

History: 20-7-431, MCA; IMP, 20-7-431, MCA; NEW, 1995 MAR p. 356, Eff. 3/17/95; AMD & TRANS, 2000 MAR p. 1048, Eff. 7/1/00.