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708 Care, Maintenance and Disposal of School District Records



School district records are housed in the central administration office of the school district. It is the responsibility of the superintendent and board secretary to oversee the maintenance and accuracy of the records. The following records are kept and preserved according to the schedule below:


  •   Secretary's financial records


  •   Treasurer's financial records


  •   Open meeting minutes of the Board of Directors


  •   Annual audit reports


  •   Annual budget


  •   Permanent record of individual pupil


  •   School election results


  •   Real property records (e.g., deeds, abstracts)


  •   Records of payment of judgments against the school district

20 years

  •   Bonds and bond coupons

11 years after maturity, cancellation, transfer, redemption, and/or replacement

  •   Written contracts

10 years

  •   Cancelled warrants, check stubs, bank
  •   statements, bills, invoices, and related record

5 years

  •   Recordings and minutes of closed meetings

1 year

  •   Program grants

As determined by the grant

  •   Nonpayroll personnel records

10 years after leaving district

  •   Employment applications

2 years

  •   Payroll records

3 years

  •   School meal programs accounts/records

3 years after submission of the final claim for reimbursement


In the event that any federal or state agency requires a record be retained for a period of time longer than that listed above for audit purposes or otherwise, the record shall be retained beyond the listed period as long as is required for the resolution of the issue by the federal or state agency.


Employees' records are housed in the District Office of the school district. The employees' records are maintained by the superintendent, the building administrator, the employee's immediate supervisor, and the board secretary.


An inventory of the furniture, equipment, and other non-consumable items other than real property of the school district is conducted annually under the supervision of the business manager.


The permanent and cumulative records of students currently enrolled in the school district are housed in the building administrative office of the attendance center where the student attends. Permanent records shall be housed in a fire resistant safe or vault or electronically with a secure backup file.  The building administrator is responsible for keeping these records current. Permanent records of students who have graduated or are no longer enrolled in the school district are housed in the building they last attended or electronically and will be retained permanently. These records will be maintained by the superintendent or superintendent’s designee. Special education records shall be maintained in accordance with law.


The superintendent or superintendent’s designee may digitize or otherwise electronically retain school district records and may destroy paper copies of the records.  An electronic record which accurately reflects the information set forth in the paper record after it was first generated in its final form as an electronic record, and which remains accessible for later reference meets the same legal requirements for retention as the original paper record.



Date Board Adopted: 6/18/2013

Date Board Updated/Reviewed: 2/26/2018



Legal Reference:           7 C.F.R. § 210.23(c). 

                                    Iowa Code §§ 22.3; 22.7; 91A.6; 279.8; 291.6; 554D.114; 554D.119; 614.1(13).

                                    281 I.A.C. 12.3(4); 41.624.

                                    City of Sioux City v. Greater Sioux City Press Club, 421 N.W.2d 895 (Iowa 1988).