Shelby County Board of Education
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Issued Date: 07/27/11


Fundraising activities involving the participation of the general student population must benefit the school or must contribute to the welfare of the entire student body. Fundraising activities involving a select class or club must benefit the purpose or group for which the money was raised. The listed guidelines must be followed:

  1. The Principal shall obtain written approval from the Superintendent of schools or his designee for all fundraising activities that involve the participation of the general student population in the marketing process of the fundraising effort. All other fundraising activities must have written approval from the Principal. The authorization will include the information outlined in the Tennessee Internal School Uniform Accounting Policy Manual.

  2. The use of school property and facilities in fundraising efforts shall be in accordance with Board policy.

  3. Expenditures of money raised through fundraising activities shall be made in accordance with proper purchasing procedures and Board policies.

  4. Individual schools shall pay sales tax to the vendor on all items purchased for fundraising activities.

  5. Academic credit shall not be given or deducted due to participation or non-participation in any fundraising event.

  6. Student incentives for fundraising programs, which include exclusion from regular school attendance or regular instructional time, should be minimal and must have prior approval of the Principal.

Disciplinary actions in the form of formal reprimands will be applicable to Principals, and sponsors of student organizations and all other employees of the Shelby County Board of Education who knowingly allow unapproved fundraising activities.