District funds in excess of current needs will be invested in compliance with this policy. The goals of the District’s investment portfolio in order of priority are:
- To provide safety of principal;
- To maintain the necessary liquidity to match expected liabilities; and
- To obtain a reasonable rate of return.
In making investments, the District will exercise the care, skill, prudence and diligence under the circumstances then prevailing that a prudent person acting in a like capacity and familiar with such matters would use to meet the goals of the investment program.
District funds are monies of the District, including operating funds. “Operating funds” of the District are funds which are reasonably expected to be used during a current budget year or within fifteen months of receipt. When investing operating funds, the investments must mature within three hundred and ninety‐seven days or less. If, during the current budget year an amount of public funds will exceed operating funds by at least thirty-three percent, the amount of public funds that exceed operating funds by greater that thirty-three percent may be invested in certificates of deposit at federally insured depository institutions which mature within sixty-three months or less, in accordance with state and federal laws. When investing funds other than operating funds, the investments must mature according to the need for the funds.
The Board authorizes the treasurer to invest funds in excess of current needs in the following investments.
- Interest bearing savings, money market, and checking accounts at the District’s authorized depositories;
- Iowa Schools Joint Investment Trust (ISJIT) Program;
- Obligations of the United States government, its agencies and instrumentalities;
- Certificates of deposit and other evidences of deposit at federally insured Iowa depository institutions;
- Prime bankers’ acceptances that mature within two hundred seventy days and that are eligible for purchase by a federal reserve bank. At the time of purchase no more than ten percent of the investment portfolio can be in these investments and no more than five percent of the investment portfolio can be invested in the securities of a single issuer;
- Commercial paper or other short‐term corporate debt that matures within two hundred seventy days and that is rated within the two highest classifications, as established by at least one of the standard rating services, with no more than five percent at the time of purchase placed in the second highest classification. At the time of purchase no more than ten percent of the investment portfolio can be in these investments and no more than five percent of the investment portfolio can be invested in the securities of a single issuer; and,
- An open‐end management investment company registered with the federal securities exchange commission and commonly referred to as a money market mutual fund. The money market mutual fund will use only the investments individually authorized by law for school districts.
It is the responsibility of the treasurer to oversee the investment portfolio in compliance with this policy and the law.
It is the responsibility of the treasurer to bring a contract with an outside person to invest District funds, to advise on investments, to direct investments, to act in a fiduciary capacity or to perform other services to the Board for review and approval. The treasurer will also provide the Board with information about and verification of the outside person’s fiduciary bond. Contracts with outside persons will include a clause requiring the outside person to notify the District within thirty days of any material weakness in internal structure or regulatory orders or sanctions against the outside person regarding the services being provided to the District and to provide the documents necessary for the performance of the investment portion of District audit. Contracts with outside persons will not be based on the performance of the investment portfolio.
The treasurer is responsible for reporting to and reviewing with the Board at its regular meetings the investment portfolio’s performance, transaction activity and current investments including the percent of the investment portfolio by type of investment and by issuer and maturities. The report will also include trend lines by month over the last year and year‐to‐year trend lines regarding the performance of the investment portfolio. It will also be the responsibility of the treasurer to obtain the information necessary to ensure that the investments and the outside persons doing business with the District meet the requirements outlined in this policy.
It is the responsibility of the superintendent to deliver a copy of this policy to the District’s depositories, auditor and outside persons doing investment business with the District.
It will also be the responsibility of the superintendent, in conjunction with the treasurer, to develop a system of investment practices and internal controls over the investment practices. The investment practices will be designed to prevent losses, to document the officers’ and employees’ responsibility for elements of the investment process and address the capability of the management.
Approved: May 4, 1990
Reviewed: February 26, 2001
Revised: March 11, 2019