|1.||Q:||Our district reimburses teachers for their CTE credentials. Is this a claimable cost for CTA?|
|2.||Q:||Are there any administrative paraprofessionals who can be claimed for CTA?|
Yes. Both computer lab technicians and librarians can be claimed for CTA purposes as administrative paraprofessionals. To claim either, the individual must be working with CTE students.
|3.||Q:||How do we report a class that is a CTE class where both CTE and academic credit are awarded?|
|A:||Your program approval must reflect the fact that for a particular CTE class both academic and CTE credit will be awarded to students. Under the course description for a CTE class the detail may indicate that both academic credit and CTE credit is awarded. If your program approval reflects this, then on the “FTE and Teacher CTE Percent Worksheet” both the CTE class and the class that students earn academic credit for will be listed as CTE classes (with the enrollment and credits earned noted). If this is not reflected in the program approval then the class that academic credit is awarded for would be recorded as a non-CTE class on the “FTE and Teacher CTE Percent Worksheet”.|
|4.||Q:||If supplies or equipment are bought for a program and the program closes the next year, what do you do?|
|A:||Notify CCCS that the program has closed and move the supplies or equipment to another approved CTE program that can use them. However, this should not happen because you have a five year plan in place for all of your programs and if you know a program is going to close equipment and non-consumable supplies should not be purchased.|
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|5.||Q:||How to report professional development expenses?|
Reporting costs for professional development or travel should be associated with Books, Supplies, and Other Expenses.
|6.||Q:||If we have to accrue a Books, Supplies, Other expense in the same fiscal year as we receive the item or service how would we report a conference like CACTE where we register in May, and don’t attend the conference until July?|
|A:||Pay the registration fee in May and claim that registration fee in the fiscal year May falls in. When you register we consider that receiving an item because you have gained entrance into the conference at that point. Then in July when you go to CACTE, charge the rest of your conference expenses (hotel, transportation) to the fiscal year that July falls in.|
|7.||Q:||Can classroom paraprofessionals/teacher aids be claimed as a CTA expense?|
|A:||Yes. If the paraprofessional is assisting with classroom instruction for an approved CTE class then those expenses (salary/benefits) are also claimable at the CTA% calculated for the paraprofessional. This means, to claim a paraprofessional, complete a CTE instructor percent sheet and put the paraprofessional on the Instructional Costs sheet for the program they are being claimed in. Special permission is not required from CCCS to claim these individuals.|
|8.||Q:||If a district has a computer buy in program where new students are given a laptop that the district pays for and the student uses the laptop for CTE and non-CTE classes while they are in high school and then at graduation the student can buy or keep that laptop for $1, is the initial cost of the laptop claimable at the % that the student would use it for a CTE class?|
|A:||No, because CTA funds are intended to always be used for CTE until such time as the item is not NEEDED for the program. If a district did not intend to sell the laptops to students at graduation rather intended to continue to let other students continue to use those laptops, then this would be no different than a program purchasing computers for a program and using them for CTE and non CTE students. In those situations, we would expect the district to assign a rational percent value to the CTE use of the computer purchased and claim only the percent of the cost that is directly related to CTE programs. In this case, the district would need to submit their rationale for how they determined the percent of time the computer was used for CTE programs.|
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|9.||Q:||How should equipment or books/supplies/other expenses be divided if the item is being used in more than one program?|
Districts would need to submit their rationale for how they decide to allocate the expense. For example, if a supply was being used by students in programs X and Y and there were twice as many students in program X then it might be rational to say that 1/3 of the cost be allocated to program Y and the other 2/3 to program X.
This same rationale should be applied in cases where both CTE and non-CTE programs use an item (for example a computer lab).
|10.||Q:||Do auditors look for packing slips to determine when equipment was received?|
|A:||Yes. What they are looking for is a way to determine that the equipment was received on some date. So packing slips would not be the only way to determine this, item received slips, and received item stamps on invoices would also be items auditors might look for to determine when an item was received.|
|11.||Q:||When we submit our equipment forms, how much back up documentation needs to be submitted with the initial report, how much/what should we save for an audit?|
|A:||Copies of the signed purchase requisition, the invoice, and proof of payment need to be submitted with your equipment worksheet. The originals should be kept for any audit that might occur.|
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|12.||Q:||Our district operates an agriculture program where students take SAE. Under the old system it counted toward the instructors CTE percent. Why doesn’t it count under the new system?|
|A:||As the administrators handbook is currently written, only classes that students receive credit for are counted toward a teacher’s CTE percent. You have the option to address SAE in three ways:
|13.||Q:||If a district is audited, if the class name that shows up on the student schedule and the program approval match but it doesn’t match the school master schedule is that ok?|
|A:||The class name/description needs to be consistent between the program approval and the school/teacher class schedule. In addition, if you are audited, auditors will look at credits, so the description of the class on the student’s transcripts needs to be consistent with the program approval and class schedule.|
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How do I determine if an instructor holds a valid credential?
|A:||First check the CDE website https://forms.cde.state.co.us/pes/DOBSearch.jsp and enter the instructor's social security number and date of birth. The CTE – endorsement is what you are looking for; this is the CTE credential. Make sure the instructor holds a credential appropriate to the program they are teaching in. For example, they may hold a credential in STEM; that credential is only valid for teaching in a STEM program. If they also teach in business, you would expect to see a credential/endorsement in business, too.|
|15.||Q:||If my district has students enrolled in a course as a TA (teaching assistant) and they earn credit for that course how do I report it on the “FTE and Teacher CTE Percent Worksheet”? Does the TA course count toward/against the teacher CTE percent? Is this different from a study hall period where students earn credit?|
|A:||Courses claimed on the “FTE and Teacher CTE Percent Worksheet” should represent instructional time and credit awarded. If there is a class that meets for students who are earning TA credit (i.e. a TA training class) and there is credit awarded then the course would be reported as a non-CTE course and would contribute to the overall teacher CTE percent. If there is no class/instructional time for the student who is earning credit as a TA then the TA period would not be reported at all on the “FTE and Teacher CTE Percent Worksheet” because no instructional time is being devoted to these students. This is different from earning credit for a study hall because there is instructional time devoted to study hall; because there is credit awarded and instructional time, the study hall would be counted as a non-CTE course.|
|16.||Q:||How do I report operation and maintenance costs of vehicles used for CTE purposes?|
|A:||For a personal vehicle track mileage; for a school owned vehicle, use your mileage log to claim expenses related to the vehicle at $.45 per mile for FY11.|
|17.||Q:||If I send an instructor to a CTE conference but they do not hold a CTE credential is that conference claimable for the CTA report.|
No. There is not an option for CTA reimbursement for training for a non-CTE individual. It is however, fully allowable through Perkins at a 100% reimbursement rate, it should be included in your Perkins plan at the beginning of the year.
|18.||Q:||Can we claim electricity expenses for a building used only for CTE courses?|
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|19.||Q:||To claim extra duty pay for being a CTSO advisor, does the advisor need to hold a CTE endorsement/credential?|
Yes. The advisor must hold a credential appropriate to the program area that they are advising the CTSO for if you want to claim any extra duty pay for CTA reimbursement.
|20.||Q:||Can I report ASCENT students on the CTA report?|
|A.||ASCENT is different than the general PPO a district receives. It is an additional allotment provided to a district specifically for ASCENT. Because it is new money it is not eligible for the CTA report or CTA reimbursement.|
|1.||Q:||Can the money my district pays out for PSEO for students in CTE programs be claimed as part of our contract costs?|
Yes, the cost of PSEO is considered the student's tuition.
|2.||Q:||For contract programs, should the host institution subtract the amount they were paid for contract services from the amount they are claiming for reimbursement even if they do not count contracted students as part of their FTE?|
|A:||Yes, due to the fact that the contract income is being received to offset the total costs of the host program. If they are not deducted, the host institution would be seeking reimbursement on expenses for which they had already been reimbursed.|
|3.||Q:||For contracted programs, who completes VE135 data on visiting students: the contracting or host institution?|
The owner of the program approval is responsible for the submission of data on each student in the program regardless of who claims that student FTE and associated cost for CTA purposes.
|4.||Q:||If my district contracts with another district or community college for CTE courses that my district pays for and we claim that expense as a contracted expense, what kind of documentation do we need to keep at the district for those contracted programs?|
|A:||Your district would need to maintain all of the contract cost evidence (invoices, proof of payment, student transcripts) as well as copies of the host institutions program approvals and copies of the host institutions instructor credentials for the year you claimed the contract costs.|
|5.||Q:||If my district is just starting to contract with another district for CTE instruction, what, ideally, would we include in out MOU for CTA reporting purposes?|
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|6.||Q:||How do I report contract programs in the following cases: when another school/college teaches the course, and when my district’s teachers teach the course and we pay the college so credit will also be awarded at the postsecondary level?|
For contract programs (for example you send students to your local community college for instruction), you should report those on the “Contract Information Worksheet”. You are only concerned with high school credit awarded for these courses for CTA reporting. You need to report the program, number of students enrolled, cost (tuition paid for the program), and amount of high school credit that was awarded for the experience. If the student fails and ends up paying the school district for the course then you would subtract that amount of money from what you could claim. For example, the district pays $5,000 to the community college for 5 students in one course. One student fails and pays the district back $1,000. On your CTA report you would claim $4,000.