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SB-1067 Schoolsites: selection: entry/exit access: acquisition and plans review.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Senate  May 07, 2014
Amended  IN  Senate  April 22, 2014
Amended  IN  Senate  March 27, 2014

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1067


Introduced by Senator Beall

February 18, 2014


An act to amend Section 17251 of, and to add Section 17212.3 to, the Education Code, relating to schoolsites.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1067, as amended, Beall. Schoolsites: selection: entry/exit access: acquisition and plans review.
(1) Existing law requires the governing board of a school district, prior to acquiring any site on which it proposes to construct any school building, as defined, to have the site, or sites, under consideration investigated by competent personnel to ensure that the final site selection is determined by an evaluation of all factors affecting the public interest and is not limited to selection on the basis of raw land cost only.
This bill would require all new schoolsites acquired by the governing board of a school district or the governing body of a charter school to have at least 2 points of entry and exit onto the schoolsite that are safely accessible by pupils walking and bicycling to the schoolsite and that can be used for purposes of emergency access.
(2) Existing law requires the State Department of Education, upon the request of the governing board of any school district, to advise the governing board on the acquisition of new schoolsites, and after a review of available plots, give the governing board a written list of the recommended locations in the order of their merit, considering especially the matters of educational merit, safety, reduction of traffic hazards, and conformity to the land use element in the general plan of the entity having jurisdiction. Existing law authorizes the governing board of a school district to purchase a site deemed unsuitable for school purposes by the department only after reviewing the department’s report on proposed sites at a public hearing. Existing law requires the department to develop standards for use by a school district in the selection of schoolsites, in accordance with specified objectives. Existing law requires the department to establish standards for use by school districts to ensure that the design and construction of school facilities are educationally appropriate and promote school safety. Existing law requires the department to investigate complaints of noncompliance with site selection standards and to notify the governing board of the school district of the results of the investigation. Existing law requires the governing board of the school district to discuss the findings of the investigation in a public hearing if the notification is received prior to the acquisition of the site. Existing law requires the department, upon the request of the governing board of any school district, to review plans and specifications for school buildings in the district, make a survey of the building needs of the district, advise the governing board concerning the building needs, and suggest plans for financing a building program to meet the needs.
This bill would instead require the department to also advise the governing board of a school district or the governing body of a charter school on the acquisition of new schoolsites, upon request, and would require the department to also consider especially the matters of proximity to residential areas, access for pupils walking and bicycling to the schoolsite, efficient use of public resources through joint use of existing and new facilities, and conforming conformity to the mobility element in the general plan of the entity having jurisdiction. The bill would also authorize the governing body of a charter school to purchase a schoolsite deemed unsuitable for school purposes only after reviewing the department’s report on proposed schoolsites at a public hearing. The bill would require the department to review and update at least every 10 years the standards for use by a school district or charter school in the selection of schoolsites, in accordance with specified objectives. The bill would require the department to also establish standards for use by school districts and charter schools to ensure that the design and construction of school facilities promote walking or bicycling access to the schoolsite to reduce traffic risks to pupils and joint use of public facilities. The bill would also require the governing body of a charter school to discuss the findings of a department investigation, as described above, in a public hearing if the notification is received before the acquisition of the schoolsite. The bill would require the department, also upon the request of the governing body of a charter school, to review plans and specifications for school buildings of the charter school, make a survey of the building needs of the charter school, advise the governing body of the charter school concerning the building needs, and suggest plans for financing a building program to meet the needs. The bill would also make nonsubstantive changes to this provision.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 17212.3 is added to the Education Code, to read:

17212.3.
 All new schoolsites acquired by the governing board of a school district or the governing body of a charter school shall have at least two points of entry and exit onto the schoolsite that are safely accessible by pupils walking and bicycling to the schoolsite and that can be used for purposes of emergency access.

SEC. 2.

 Section 17251 of the Education Code is amended to read:

17251.
 The department shall:
(a) Advise Upon the request of the governing board of a school district or the governing body of a charter school, advise the governing board of a the school district or the governing body of a the charter school on the acquisition of new schoolsites and, after a review of available plots, give the governing board of the school district or the governing body of the charter school, in writing, a list of the recommended locations in the order of their merit, considering especially the matters of educational merit, safety, proximity to residential areas, access for pupils walking and bicycling to the schoolsite, efficient use of public resources through joint use of existing and new facilities, reduction of traffic hazards, and conformity to the land use and mobility elements in the general plan of the city, county, or city and county having jurisdiction. The governing board of the school district or the governing body of the charter school may purchase a schoolsite deemed unsuitable for school purposes by the department only after reviewing the department’s report on proposed schoolsites at a public hearing. The department shall charge the school district or charter school a reasonable fee for each schoolsite reviewed not to exceed the actual administrative costs incurred for that purpose.
(b) Develop standards for use by a school district or charter school in the selection of schoolsites, in accordance with the objectives set forth in subdivision (a), and review and update the standards at least every 10 years. The department shall investigate complaints of noncompliance with schoolsite selection standards and shall notify the governing board of the school district or the governing body of the charter school of the results of the investigation. If that notification is received before the acquisition of the schoolsite, the governing board of the school district or the governing body of the charter school shall discuss the findings of the investigation in a public hearing.
(c) Establish standards for use by school districts and charter schools to ensure that the design and construction of school facilities are educationally appropriate and promote school safety, walking or bicycling access to the schoolsite to reduce traffic risks to pupils, and joint use of public facilities.
(d) Upon the request of the governing board of a school district or the governing body of a charter school, review plans and specifications for school buildings of the school district or charter school. The department shall charge the governing board of the school district or the governing body of the charter school, for the review of plans and specifications, a reasonable fee not to exceed the actual administrative costs incurred for that purpose.
(e) Upon the request of the governing board of a school district or the governing body of a charter school, make a survey of the building needs of the school district or the charter school, advise the governing board of the school district or the governing body of the charter school concerning the building needs, and suggest plans for financing a building program to meet the needs. The department shall charge the school district or charter school, for the cost of the survey, a reasonable fee not to exceed the actual administrative costs incurred for that purpose.
(f) Provide information relating to the impact or potential impact upon any schoolsite of hazardous substances, solid waste, safety, hazardous air emissions, and other information as the department may deem appropriate.