SB 5644

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

As of February 24, 2017

Title: An act relating to skill center facility maintenance.

Brief Description: Concerning skill center facility maintenance.

Sponsors: Senator Honeyford.

Brief History:

Committee Activity: Ways & Means: 2/16/17.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Requires a host district of a skill center cooperative to maintain a separate capital account for minor repair and maintenance costs of the skill center.


Staff: Richard Ramsey (786-7412)

Background: There are 15 skill centers Washington which operate as cooperatives with participating school districts and offer in-depth programs for about 7000 students. Facility funding is provided through the capital budget; the funding is administered by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction School Facilities and Organization.

Summary of Bill: The bill as referred to committee not considered.

Summary of Bill (Proposed Substitute): The host district of a skill center cooperative must maintain a separate capital account into which the participating school districts must make annual deposits to pay for minor repair and maintenance costs for the skill center. The annual deposits may be a per pupil facility fee charged by the host district.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Not requested.

Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.

Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.

Staff Summary of Public Testimony on Proposed Substitute: PRO: This is valuable because the consortium of districts cannot sell bonds. We recommend removing the 40 percent value threshold in lines 12-16. Skill centers are funded through direct appropriation.

Persons Testifying: PRO: Paul Randall, Tri-Tech Skills Center; Casey Moore, Director of School Facilities, OSPI; Michael Christianson, Bethel School District, Pierce County Skills Center.

Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: No one.