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AB-553 School facilities.(1997-1998)

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Assembly Bill No. 553
CHAPTER 513

An act to amend Section 17014 of the Education Code, relating to school facilities.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 29, 1997. Approved by Governor  September 28, 1997. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 553, Leach. School facilities.
Existing law, the Leroy F. Greene State School Building Lease-Purchase Law of 1976, provides for state funding to reconstruct, remodel, or replace existing school buildings that are educationally inadequate or that do not meet present-day structural safety requirements. Existing law requires the State Allocation Board to require school districts as a condition of obtaining state funding for a project to make, at the school district’s expense, all necessary repairs, renewals, and replacements to ensure that a project is at all times kept in good repair, working order, and condition. Existing law also requires, as specified, prior to the State Allocation Board approving a project, that an applicant school district establish a restricted account within the district’s general fund for the purpose of providing moneys for regular maintenance and routine repair of school buildings, as specified.
This bill would require the State Allocation Board to require school districts whose projects are funded on or after July 1, 1998, to annually certify that the school plan has been prepared and implemented, as specified, a plan for major maintenance, repair, and replacement needs for the project. The bill would require that the plan include specified provisions, be available for public inspection, and be updated each fiscal year as part of the school district’s annual budget process. The bill would also require the school district’s annual budget to specify the total funding available in reserve for the major maintenance, repair, and replacement needs specified in the plan, and that the budget include an explanation if the amount of the reserves is less than that specified in the plan, as updated.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 17014 of the Education Code, as added by Chapter 277 of the Statutes of 1996, is amended to read:

17014.
 (a)  The board shall require the school district to make all necessary repairs, renewals, and replacements to ensure that a project is at all times kept in good repair, working order, and condition. All costs incurred for this purpose shall be borne by the school district.
(b)  In order to ensure compliance with subdivision (a) and encourage applicants to maintain all buildings under their control, the board shall require the applicant to do all of the following prior to the approval of a project:
(1)  Establish a restricted account within the district’s general fund for the exclusive purpose of providing moneys for regular maintenance and routine repair of school buildings, according the highest priority to funding for the purpose set forth in subdivision (a).
(2)  Agree to deposit into the account established pursuant to paragraph (1), in each fiscal year for the term of the lease agreements of all projects constructed under this chapter, a minimum amount equal to or greater than 2 percent of the applicant’s General Fund budget for that fiscal year. This paragraph is applicable only to the following districts:
(A)  High school districts with average daily attendance greater than 300.
(B)  Elementary school districts with average daily attendance greater than 900.
(C)  Unified school districts with average daily attendance greater than 1,200.
(c)  For each project funded after July 1, 1998, the board shall require the applicant school district governing board to certify, as part of the school district’s annual budget process and beginning in the fiscal year in which the project is funded by the state, that a plan has been prepared for completing major maintenance, repair, and replacement requirements for the project. For purposes of this subdivision, the term “major maintenance, repair, and replacement” means roofing, siding, painting, floor and window coverings, fixtures, cabinets, heating and cooling systems, landscaping, fences, and other items designated by the governing board of the school district. The board shall require the school district’s governing board to certify that the plan includes and is being implemented as follows:
(1)  Identification of the major maintenance, repair, and replacement needs for the project.
(2)  Specification of a schedule for completing the major maintenance, repair, and replacement needs.
(3)  Specification of a current cost estimate for the scheduled major maintenance, repair, and replacement needs.
(4)  Specification of the school district’s schedule for funding a reserve to pay for the scheduled major maintenance, repair, and replacement needs.
(5)  Review of the plan annually, as a part of the school district’s annual budget process, and update, as needed, the major maintenance, repair, and replacement needs, the estimates of expected costs, and any adjustments in funding the reserve.
(6)  Availability for public inspection of the original plan, and all updated versions of the plan, at the office of the superintendent of the school district during the working hours of the school district.
(7)  Provision in the school district’s annual budget of a provision that states the total funding available in reserve for scheduled major maintenance, repair and replacement needs as specified in the updated plan, and an explanation if this amount is less than that specified in the updated plan. The reserve shall be maintained in the restricted account established pursuant to subdivision (b).