WSR 98-19-144

PERMANENT RULES

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

[Filed September 23, 1998, 11:45 a.m.]



Date of Adoption: August 20, 1998.

Purpose: To do one or more of the following as deemed appropriate: Make technical adjustments, clarify existing provisions, repeal unnecessary wording, repeal provisions unsupported by rule-making authority, or provide greater flexibility or discretion to persons or entities subject to the rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 180-31-005, 180-31-020, 180-31-025, 180-31-035, and 180-31-040; and new section WAC 180-31-045.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.525.020.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 98-14-150 on July 1, 1998.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, amended 6, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 6, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 6, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

August 20, 1998

Larry Davis

Executive Director

OTS-2301.2

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 90-17-009, filed 8/6/90, effective 9/6/90)



WAC 180-31-005  Authority. This chapter is adopted pursuant to RCW ((28A.525.200)) 28A.525.020 relating to authority of the state board of education to prescribe rules and regulations governing the administration, control, terms, conditions and disbursements of allotments to school facilities. In accordance with RCW 28A.525.200, the only provisions of chapter 28A.525 RCW currently applicable to state assistance for school plant facilities are RCW 28A.525.030, 28A.525.040, 28A.525.050, and 28A.525.162 through 28A.525.178.



[Statutory Authority: 1990 c 33. 90-17-009, 180-31-005, filed 8/6/90, effective 9/6/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.47.830. 83-21-068 (Order 13-83), 180-31-005, filed 10/17/83.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 13-83, filed 10/17/83)



WAC 180-31-020  ((Any)) Cooperative plan subject to state board approval. Any interdistrict financial plan for construction or modernization of school facilities((, irrespective of whether)) utilizing state moneys ((are involved)) in the financing of the proposed project, shall ((be approved)) require approval by the state board of education prior to carrying into effect the provisions of such plan. State board of education approval is only required for projects utilizing state moneys.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.47.830. 83-21-068 (Order 13-83), 180-31-020, filed 10/17/83.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 13-83, filed 10/17/83)



WAC 180-31-025  Application provisions. ((Prior to applicant)) For projects utilizing state moneys, the host district ((submitting an)) shall submit a written application ((to request state board of education consideration of a proposed project and requesting a study and survey of the districts pursuant to chapter 180-25 WAC, the application as submitted)) to the superintendent of public instruction which shall include but not be limited to the following documents and data:

(1) A joint resolution by the board of directors of all participating school districts which shall:

(a) Confer contractual authority and subsequent ownership on the board of directors in which jurisdiction the school facility is to be located (host district) or, in the event of modernization, the board of directors in which jurisdiction the facility is located (host district);

(b) Designate such board of directors of the host district as the legal applicant. Evidence shall be submitted that the said resolution has been incorporated in the official record of the board of directors of each participating school district; and

(c) Certify that the facility shall be used for the purpose for which it was constructed unless an exception is granted by the state board of education.

(2) Copy of contracts(s) between applicant district and participating school districts prepared in accordance with provisions in WAC 180-31-030.

(3) A statement defining the education program or services to be offered and the number and grade level(s) by district of all students to be housed in the proposed new or modernized facility.

(4) A description of the proposed project including size in terms of square feet and the estimated cost of construction including professional services, sales tax, site acquisition and site development.

(5) An area map indicating location of schools within the participating school districts and the location of the proposed new or modernized school facility.

(6) A statement certifying that a separate account has been established into which participating districts make deposits in order to pay for all future minor repair and renovation costs.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.47.830. 83-21-068 (Order 13-83), 180-31-025, filed 10/17/83.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 13-83, filed 10/17/83)



WAC 180-31-035  Approval of program or services by superintendent of public instruction. Approval by the superintendent of public instruction of the educational program or services to be offered in the proposed new or modernized facility and the proposed administration of such program or services shall be a prerequisite for approval by the state board of education of an interdistrict cooperative financial plan for construction of new or modernization of facilities when state moneys are provided.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.47.830. 83-21-068 (Order 13-83), 180-31-035, filed 10/17/83.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 13-83, filed 10/17/83)



WAC 180-31-040  Dissolution provisions. (1) Procedures for the dissolution of the operation of school facilities pursuant to an interdistrict cooperative agreement shall not be instituted prior to the expiration of ten years after the date of state board of education approval of the financial plan for the construction of such school facilities when such facilities were constructed with state moneys: Provided, That a request for dissolution prior to such ten-year period may be approved when, in the judgment of the state board of education, there is substantiation of sufficient cause therefor.

(2) Any plan for dissolution as described in subsection (1) of this section shall be submitted to the state board of education for review and approval prior to proceeding with dissolution action.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.47.830. 83-21-068 (Order 13-83), 180-31-040, filed 10/17/83.]



NEW SECTION



WAC 180-31-045  Interdistrict cooperation in financing school construction--Project construction approval required--Rules and regulations governing. A project to be constructed under interdistrict cooperative financing pursuant to provisions of RCW 28A.335.160 shall be subject to approval by the state board of education only when state funds are involved in the financing thereof and shall be in conformity with the applicable rules and regulations hereinafter prescribed. The applicant school district shall be responsible for compliance with said rules and regulations.

(1) Projects financed with state assistance.

(a) All rules and regulations promulgated by the state board of education relating to school building construction shall govern the approval of an application for state assistance in financing an interdistrict cooperative project except such rules deemed by the superintendent of public instruction to be inapplicable to the said construction: Provided, That in the interest of program improvement and/or improvement in equalization of educational opportunities, the pertinent requirements relating to eligibility on the basis of number of unhoused children may be waived as shall be determined by the state board of education.

(b) In determining the amount of state assistance, the principle to be applied shall be that each participating district, otherwise eligible for state assistance, shall receive such assistance on the basis of the computed area ratio. The amount that each participating district shall provide may be the percentage proportion that the value of its taxable property bears to the total value of taxable property of all participating districts or such other amounts as set forth in the contract submitted as are accepted and approved by the state board of education.

(2) Application for additional state assistance. In the financing of interdistrict cooperative projects, applications for state assistance, in addition to the amount determined allocable under basic state support level provisions, shall be judged by the state board of education on the basis of the need for said facilities for the expressed purpose of:

(a) Providing educational opportunities, including vocational skills programs not otherwise provided;

(b) Avoiding unnecessary duplication of specialized or unusually expensive educational programs or facilities; or

(c) Improving racial balance within and among participating districts.

(3) Determination of amount of additional state assistance. When in the judgment of the state board of education an expressed need exists for an interdistrict cooperative project to achieve one or more of the expressed purposes as set forth in subsection (2) of this section and additional state assistance in financing said joint construction is necessary to meet such need, additional state assistance may be allowed in an amount to be determined by the state board: Provided, That the total amount allotted shall not exceed ninety percent of the total project cost determined eligible for state matching purposes: Provided further, That the total funds available to the state board for the biennial period are sufficient to meet state-wide needs for state assistance in providing necessary school facilities to individual school districts as well as for this purpose.



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