WSR 07-20-099

PROPOSED RULES

SUPERINTENDENT OF

PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

[ Filed October 2, 2007, 11:30 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-08-080.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 392-141 WAC, Transportation -- State allocation for operations.

Hearing Location(s): Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Old Capitol Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 600 South Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504, on November 9, 2007, at 9:00.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 10, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: Allan J. Jones, Director, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail allan.jones@k12.wa.us, fax (360) 586-6124, by November 8, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Penny Coker by October 10, 2007, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6142.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed revision is required to clarify to school districts the reporting requirements of the annual school bus mileage report.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.150.150.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: [Superintendent of public instruction], governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Charlie Schreck, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, (360) 725-6136; Implementation: Martin Mueller, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, (360) 725-5175; and Enforcement: Allan J. Jones, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, (360) 725-6120.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328.

October 1, 2007

Dr. Terry Bergeson

State Superintendent

OTS-1086.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-03-072, filed 1/17/07, effective 2/17/07)

WAC 392-141-160   District reporting and recordkeeping requirements.   Annual or supplementary reports shall be submitted by each school district to the superintendent of public instruction prior to the last business day in October. This report shall reflect to the extent practical the planned pupil transportation program for the entire school year and which is in operation during ridership count week. Reports shall be submitted with a cover letter signed by the chief school district administrator attesting to the completeness of the requirements below and the accuracy of the data contained therein. The superintendent of public instruction shall have the authority to make modifications or adjustments in accordance with the intent of RCW 28A.160.150, 28A.160.160, and 28A.160.170. Each district shall submit the data required on a timely basis as a condition to the continuing receipt of student transportation allocations. These reports shall be maintained for a period of three school years or until audited and include the following but are not limited to:

(1) School bus route logs completed in ink by bus drivers for five consecutive days. These logs shall include state school bus numbers, each bus stop, the number of students boarding the bus at each stop, and destination schools, transfer points, learning centers, or agencies; and

(2) The number of kindergarten through fifth grade students enrolled during ridership count week and living one radius mile or less from their destination school; and

(3) Other operational data and descriptions, as required by the superintendent of public instruction to determine operation allocation requirements for each district; and

(4) An annual school bus mileage report including ((the beginning and ending year odometer reading,)) the total to and from school bus miles ((for each bus)) for the previous school year, an estimate of to and from school bus mileage for the ((upcoming)) current school year, and total school bus miles for ((extended day routes,)) field trips, extracurricular, and other ((contractual uses of school buses)) categories as requested; and

(5) Copies of any and all correspondence, publications, news articles, or campaign materials which encourage ridership during count week of the report that is beyond the normal activity experienced during the school year. School districts shall not utilize incentive programs that provide tangible gifts to reward increases in ridership counts.

School districts shall maintain at least a weekly one-day route log containing the school bus driver's name, state bus number, route number, route type, day of the week, beginning and ending odometer readings, destinations, destination times and student counts. These route logs shall be maintained in the school district files for a period of three years or until audited.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 07-03-072, 392-141-160, filed 1/17/07, effective 2/17/07; 98-17-007 (Order 98-08), 392-141-160, filed 8/7/98, effective 9/7/98. Statutory Authority: 1996 c 279 and RCW 28A.150.290. 96-16-010 (Order 96-09), 392-141-160, filed 7/25/96, effective 8/25/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 94-17-058, 392-141-160, filed 8/12/94, effective 9/12/94; 92-08-024 (Order 92-03), 392-141-160, filed 3/23/92, effective 4/23/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.170. 84-15-025 (Order 84-26), 392-141-160, filed 7/11/84.]

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