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PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. NEW SECTION. 297.37 SAFE SCHOOLS 1 2 INFRASTRUCTURE BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM. 1 3 1. A safe schools infrastructure block grant program is 1 4 established within the department of education. The purpose 1 5 of the program is to provide all school districts in the state 1 6 with financial resources to address and remedy fire and 1 7 personal safety needs, provide for school infrastructure 1 8 improvements, and furnish property tax relief. 1 9 a. As used in this section, "school facility" means a 1 10 schoolhouse and additions directly attached to a schoolhouse. 1 11 A school facility shall not include a stadium, fieldhouse, 1 12 school bus garage, or teacher's or superintendent's home. 1 13 b. As used in this section, "school infrastructure 1 14 improvements" means purchasing, building, furnishing, 1 15 reconstructing, repairing, improving, or remodeling a school 1 16 facility. 1 17 2. A school district shall expend program funds received 1 18 pursuant to subsection 3 as follows: 1 19 a. The highest priority for program fund expenditures 1 20 shall be the making of school infrastructure improvements 1 21 relating to unmet fire and personal safety needs. A school 1 22 district shall be considered to have unmet fire and personal 1 23 safety needs if one of the following applies: 1 24 (1) The school district has received an order or citation 1 25 from the state fire marshal, or a fire department chief or 1 26 fire prevention officer, for one or more fire safety 1 27 violations regarding a school facility, or in the opinion of 1 28 the state fire marshal, the school district is regarded as 1 29 operating one or more school facilities subject to significant 1 30 fire safety deficiencies. 1 31 (2) The school district has been notified of a violation 1 32 or deficiency of the state building code revealed during an 1 33 inspection of school facilities by a local building 1 34 department, or for the need for improvements consistent with 1 35 the standards and specifications contained in the state 2 1 building code that relate to ensuring that buildings and 2 2 facilities are accessible to and functional for persons with 2 3 disabilities. 2 4 A school district to which subparagraph (1) or (2) applies 2 5 shall be required to utilize program funds to correct the 2 6 applicable fire and personal safety violation or deficiency, 2 7 prior to expenditure of funds under this section for any other 2 8 purpose authorized by this section, unless the district 2 9 submits documentation to the department that conclusively 2 10 demonstrates that the violation or deficiency is sufficiently 2 11 serious or widespread that it would be more cost-effective for 2 12 the district to allocate program funds for new school facility 2 13 construction. A school district that provides such 2 14 documentation may distribute school infrastructure program 2 15 funds pursuant to paragraph "b", subparagraph (2), and if 2 16 funds remain unexpended after fire and personal safety needs 2 17 violations and deficiencies have been corrected through new 2 18 school facility construction, the funds may be utilized 2 19 pursuant to paragraph "b", subparagraph (3). 2 20 b. If the requirements of paragraph "a" have either been 2 21 satisfied or do not apply, the board of directors of a school 2 22 district may expend funds received pursuant to subsection 3 to 2 23 provide school infrastructure improvements or to furnish 2 24 property tax relief. 2 25 (1) The board of directors shall hold a public hearing on 2 26 the question of utilization of program funds received pursuant 2 27 to this section to provide school infrastructure improvements, 2 28 other than improvements to correct unmet fire and personal 2 29 safety needs or violations pursuant to paragraph "a", or to 2 30 furnish property tax relief. The board shall set forth its 2 31 proposal for utilization of the funds in a resolution and 2 32 shall publish the notice of the time and place of a public 2 33 hearing on the resolution. Notice of the time and place of 2 34 the public hearing shall be published not less than ten nor 2 35 more than twenty days before the public hearing in a newspaper 3 1 which is a newspaper of general circulation in the school 3 2 district. 3 3 At the hearing, or no later than thirty days after the date 3 4 of the hearing, the board shall take action to adopt the 3 5 resolution and the proposal shall be implemented unless within 3 6 twenty-eight days following the action of the board, the 3 7 secretary of the board receives a petition containing the 3 8 required number of signatures asking that an election be 3 9 called to approve or disapprove the action of the board in 3 10 utilizing the funds received pursuant to this section. The 3 11 petition must be signed by eligible electors equal in number 3 12 to not less than one hundred or thirty percent of the number 3 13 of voters at the last preceding regular school election, 3 14 whichever is greater. 3 15 The board shall either rescind its action or direct the 3 16 county commissioner of elections to submit the question to the 3 17 registered voters of the school district at the next following 3 18 regular school election or a special election. If a majority 3 19 of those voting on the question at the election favors 3 20 disapproval of the action of the board, the district shall not 3 21 proceed with implementation of the proposal and an additional 3 22 public hearing subject to a subsequent petition, as provided 3 23 in this subparagraph, shall be scheduled regarding an 3 24 alternative school board proposal. If a majority of those 3 25 voting on the question favors approval of the action, the 3 26 board shall certify the results of the election to the 3 27 department of management and the district shall proceed with 3 28 implementation. 3 29 At the expiration of the twenty-eight-day period, if a 3 30 petition is not filed, the board shall certify its action to 3 31 the department of management and the district shall implement 3 32 the proposal. 3 33 (2) Funds utilized for school infrastructure improvements 3 34 shall be allocated strictly for improvements to a school 3 35 facility as provided in subsection 1. A school district which 4 1 has submitted documentation to the department demonstrating 4 2 that unmet fire or personal safety needs are sufficiently 4 3 serious or widespread that new school facility construction 4 4 would be more cost-effective shall complete construction 4 5 necessary to correct the violation or deficiency prior to 4 6 utilizing funds for any other authorized purpose. 4 7 (3) A school district utilizing funds for property tax 4 8 relief shall be required to deposit amounts received in the 4 9 school district's debt service fund pursuant to section 4 10 298A.10. Notwithstanding provisions in section 298A.10 which 4 11 permit the transfer of funds remaining in the debt service 4 12 fund after payment of all outstanding debt, funds deposited 4 13 into the debt service fund for property tax relief pursuant to 4 14 this section shall remain in the fund to be used only for 4 15 property tax relief. 4 16 3. There is appropriated to the department of education 4 17 from amounts deposited in the tobacco settlement fund pursuant 4 18 to section 12.65, notwithstanding any other provision to the 4 19 contrary, twenty million dollars per year for a ten-year 4 20 period beginning July 1, 1999, to fund the safe schools 4 21 infrastructure block grant program. The funds shall be 4 22 distributed to school districts on a per pupil basis, in an 4 23 annual amount for each district calculated pursuant to a 4 24 formula whereby twenty million dollars is multiplied by a 4 25 fraction, the numerator of which is the ratio of the state 4 26 assessed property value per pupil to the district assessed 4 27 property value per pupil multiplied by the budget enrollment 4 28 for the school district, and the denominator of which is the 4 29 sum for all school districts in the state of the ratio, for 4 30 each respective school district, of the state-assessed 4 31 property value per pupil to the district-assessed property 4 32 value per pupil multiplied by the budget enrollment of the 4 33 school district. The state-assessed valuation per pupil and 4 34 district-assessed valuation per pupil calculations shall be as 4 35 determined by the department of management pursuant to section 5 1 257.20. 5 2 4. Safe schools infrastructure block grant funds 5 3 distributed to school districts shall be separately accounted 5 4 for by the district, and each district shall annually submit 5 5 to the department a detailed report regarding fund 5 6 utilization. The department shall submit a report to the 5 7 general assembly on an annual basis summarizing the 5 8 information received from each school district and noting 5 9 changing school infrastructure needs and updated, unmet fire 5 10 and safety need statistics. 5 11 EXPLANATION 5 12 This bill provides for the establishment and funding of a 5 13 safe schools infrastructure block grant program within the 5 14 department of education. The objective of the program is to 5 15 provide all school districts in the state with financial 5 16 resources to address and remedy fire and personal safety 5 17 needs, provide for school infrastructure improvements, and 5 18 furnish property tax relief. 5 19 The bill provides the highest priority for program fund 5 20 expenditures will be to address unmet fire and personal safety 5 21 needs. The bill provides that a school district which has 5 22 received an order or citation from the state fire marshal, or 5 23 a fire department chief or fire prevention officer, for one or 5 24 more fire safety violations regarding a school facility, or in 5 25 the opinion of the state fire marshal is regarded as operating 5 26 one or more school facilities subject to significant fire 5 27 safety deficiencies, will be regarded as having unmet fire 5 28 safety needs. The bill additionally provides that a school 5 29 district which has been notified of violations or deficiencies 5 30 of the state building code revealed during an inspection of 5 31 school facilities by a local building department, or for the 5 32 need for improvements consistent with the standards and 5 33 specifications contained in the state building code that 5 34 relate to ensuring that buildings and facilities are 5 35 accessible to and functional for persons with disabilities, 6 1 will be regarded as having unmet personal safety needs. The 6 2 bill provides that a school district will be required to 6 3 utilize program funds to correct the applicable fire and 6 4 personal safety violations or deficiencies unless the district 6 5 submits documentation to the department demonstrating that the 6 6 violations or deficiencies are sufficiently serious that it 6 7 would be more cost-effective for the district to allocate 6 8 program funds for new school facility construction. 6 9 The bill provides that after unmet fire and personal safety 6 10 needs have been addressed by a school district, or in the 6 11 event that the district either did not have unmet needs or the 6 12 needs were sufficiently serious that new school facility 6 13 construction was indicated, program funds may be allocated 6 14 either for school facility infrastructure improvements or to 6 15 furnish property tax relief. The bill defines a school 6 16 facility as a schoolhouse and additions directly attached 6 17 thereto, and provides that a school facility does not include 6 18 a stadium, fieldhouse, school bus garage, or teacher's or 6 19 superintendent's home. The bill defines "school 6 20 infrastructure improvements" as purchasing, building, 6 21 furnishing, reconstructing, repairing, improving, or 6 22 remodeling a school facility. A school district utilizing 6 23 funds for property tax relief will be required to deposit and 6 24 maintain unexpended amounts received in the school district's 6 25 debt services fund pursuant to Code section 298A.10. The bill 6 26 provides that prior to program fund expenditure for either 6 27 school infrastructure improvements or property tax relief, a 6 28 public hearing subject to reverse referendum will occur 6 29 regarding the school district board of director's proposal for 6 30 utilization of the funds. 6 31 The bill provides that the safe schools infrastructure 6 32 block grant program will be funded through an appropriation to 6 33 the department of education from amounts deposited in the 6 34 tobacco settlement fund pursuant to Code section 12.65, of $20 6 35 million per year for a 10-year period. The bill provides that 7 1 the funds will be distributed annually to school districts on 7 2 a per pupil basis pursuant to a formula which multiplies $20 7 3 million by an amount calculated to adjust for school districts 7 4 with low property assessed values per pupil relative to a 7 5 state average property assessed value per pupil. 7 6 The bill provides that safe schools infrastructure block 7 7 grant funds distributed to school districts shall be 7 8 separately accounted for by the district and that each 7 9 district shall annually submit to the department a detailed 7 10 report regarding fund utilization. The department is required 7 11 to submit a report to the general assembly on an annual basis 7 12 summarizing the information received from each school district 7 13 and noting changing school infrastructure needs and updated, 7 14 unmet fire and safety need statistics. 7 15 LSB 5520YH 78 7 16 rn/cls/14
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