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                         SENATE BILL 6515



State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senators McAuliffe, Finkbeiner, B. Sheldon, Carlson, Kohl‑Welles, Shin, Kastama, Jacobsen, Fraser, Fairley, Winsley, Oke and Rasmussen


Read first time 01/21/2002.  Referred to Committee on Education.

Allowing the school district capital projects fund to provide for costs associated with implementing technology systems.

    AN ACT Relating to clarifying the uses of the school district capital projects fund to include the costs of implementing technology facilities plans; amending RCW 28A.320.330; and creating a new section.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The legislature recognizes and acknowledges that technology has become an integral part of the facilities and educational delivery systems in our schools.  In order to prepare our state's students to participate fully in our state's economy, substantial capital investments must continue to be made in technology systems, facilities, and projects.  These investments are declared to be a major capital purpose.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 28A.320.330 and 1990 c 33 s 337 are each amended to read as follows:

    School districts shall establish the following funds in addition to those provided elsewhere by law:

    (1) A general fund for maintenance and operation of the school district to account for all financial operations of the school district except those required to be accounted for in another fund.

    (2) A capital projects fund shall be established for major capital purposes.  All statutory references to a "building fund" shall mean the capital projects fund so established.  Money to be deposited into the capital projects fund shall include, but not be limited to, bond proceeds, proceeds from excess levies authorized by RCW 84.52.053, state apportionment proceeds as authorized by RCW 28A.150.270, and earnings from capital projects fund investments as authorized by RCW 28A.320.310 and 28A.320.320.

    Money derived from the sale of bonds, including interest earnings thereof, may only be used for those purposes described in RCW 28A.530.010, except that accrued interest paid for bonds shall be deposited in the debt service fund.

    Money to be deposited into the capital projects fund shall include but not be limited to rental and lease proceeds as authorized by RCW 28A.335.060, and proceeds from the sale of real property as authorized by RCW 28A.335.130.

    Money legally deposited into the capital projects fund from other sources may be used for the purposes described in RCW 28A.530.010, and for the purposes of:

    (a) Major renovation, including the replacement of facilities and systems where periodical repairs are no longer economical.  Major renovation and replacement shall include, but shall not be limited to, roofing, heating and ventilating systems, floor covering, and electrical systems.

    (b) Renovation and rehabilitation of playfields, athletic fields, and other district real property.

    (c) The conduct of preliminary energy audits and energy audits of school district buildings.  For the purpose of this section:

    (i) "Preliminary energy audits" means a determination of the energy consumption characteristics of a building, including the size, type, rate of energy consumption, and major energy using systems of the building.

    (ii) "Energy audit" means a survey of a building or complex which identifies the type, size, energy use level, and major energy using systems; which determines appropriate energy conservation maintenance or operating procedures and assesses any need for the acquisition and installation of energy conservation measures, including solar energy and renewable resource measures.

    (iii) "Energy capital improvement" means the installation, or modification of the installation, of energy conservation measures in a building which measures are primarily intended to reduce energy consumption or allow the use of an alternative energy source.

    (d) Those energy capital improvements which are identified as being cost-effective in the audits authorized by this section.

    (e) Purchase or installation of additional major items of equipment and furniture:  PROVIDED, That vehicles shall not be purchased with capital projects fund money.

    (f) Costs associated with implementing technology systems, facilities, and projects, including acquiring hardware, licensing software, and on-line applications and training related to the foregoing.  However, the software or applications must be an integral part of the district's technology systems, facilities, or projects.

    (3) A debt service fund to provide for tax proceeds, other revenues, and disbursements as authorized in chapter 39.44 RCW.

    (4) An associated student body fund as authorized by RCW 28A.325.030.

    (5) Advance refunding bond funds and refunded bond funds to provide for the proceeds and disbursements as authorized in chapter 39.53 RCW.


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