(1) On or before September 15 of each year, the school board of each school district
entitled to and desiring reimbursement under this article 51, the state charter school
institute board, and each facility school entitled to and desiring reimbursement under
this article 51 shall certify to the state board of education, on forms provided by
the commissioner of education, any information the board deems necessary to determine
the reimbursement entitlement of the district, the institute, or the facility school. The information includes, but is not limited to, the total amount of the school
district's, institute's, or facility school's current operating expenditures for pupil
transportation during the preceding entitlement period, the total number of miles
traveled and the total number of pupils transported on the pupil enrollment count
day, as defined in section 22-54-103(10.5), during the preceding entitlement period by vehicles operated by or for the school
district, the institute, or the facility school in providing pupil transportation,
and the transportation route descriptions in effect on the pupil enrollment count
(2) The department of education shall promulgate rules to allow for verification of
the accuracy and appropriateness of the route mileages submitted by school districts,
the institute, and facility schools pursuant to subsection (1) of this section. If the department determines that an overpayment has been made due to the submission
of inaccurate or inappropriate route mileages, the department shall recover from the
school district, the institute, or the facility school an amount equal to the overpayment
plus a penalty of not more than twenty percent of the overpayment.
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