Jul. 22--The Boyertown School Board will provide credit cards to some administrators and staff members to purchase small items for the district.
     At least one administrator in each school building will have a card, as will certain teachers, head custodians and others, said David A. Szablowski, assistant to the superintendent for business affairs.
     The cards are to be used only for authorized district purchases.
     The district will be able to set card controls, including setting a daily spending allowance and limiting where the cards can be used, for example, in hardware stores or at gas stations, Szablowski said. Cash advances will not be an option.
     A provider, such as Visa or MasterCard, has not yet been chosen.
     The board voted 8-0 last week to approve the new procurement card policy.
     Issuing credit cards for purchases will eliminate reimbursement paperwork for smaller purchases, Szablowski said. Previously, an administrator would buy a book of stamps and other small items and submit an employee expense report for reimbursement.
     Now, that same administrator can make purchases with the credit card and later report to the district which accounts to charge for the purchases made.
     In addition, the credit card reward system will earn the school district rebates based on its employees' spending, possibly at rates as high as 1 percent, Szablowski said.
     For that reason, he said the district plans to use the centralized card system to pay its bills, too, so it can earn more in rebate revenue and hold cash longer, which translates into an investment gain.
     We don't have to reimburse so many individual people," Szablowski said of the procurement card system. "We're just writing one check. There are a lot of school districts that are going this way.
     "The controls are very tight," he added.
     Board member Joseph M. Nichols was absent at the July 15 meeting.
     Contact reporter Michelle Park at 610-371-5022 or mpark@readingeagle.com.

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