Purpose: The revisions to this section are to clarify language and remove an outdated reference to a repealed WAC section.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 180-33-015.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.525.020.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.
Reasons for this Finding: With the release of this year's funds, this change is needed to help clarify program information for school districts for their construction needs.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: August 26, 2005.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 91-12-058, filed 6/5/91, effective 7/6/91)
WAC 180-33-015 Eligibility for state financial assistance. (1) In order to be eligible for state financial assistance, a modernization project shall have as its principal purpose one or more of the following:
(a) Bringing a facility into compliance with current building and health codes when so required by state or local health or safety officials;
(b) Changing the grade span grouping by facility by the
addition, deletion, or combination thereof of two or more
grades within the affected facility; ((
(c) The reduction of the number of operating school facilities in a district by combining the remaining school facilities through modernization and new capital construction so as to achieve more cost effective and efficient operation in the combined school facility or facilities. In order to be eligible for state financial assistance, such a project shall result in additional space for at least 100 additional pupils and the following enrollment in any combined facility:
(i) Elementary school facility -- 500 pupils;
(ii) Middle or junior high school facility -- 700 pupils;
(iii) Senior high school facility -- 850 pupils:
Provided, That modernization projects in school districts
with a high school enrollment of less than 850 pupils need not
comply with the enrollment figures set forth above: Provided
further, That unless the district ((
meets an exception
provided in WAC 180-33-043 or)) demonstrates the existence of
unhoused students, state financial assistance for the new
construction component of a combined modernization and new
construction project shall be limited to the provision of WAC 180-33-040; or
(d) Meeting the educational program of the facility.
(2) School districts shall certify that a proposed modernization project will extend the life of the modernized school facility by at least twenty years.
(3) School districts shall be ineligible for state assistance for modernization of any school facility accepted by the school district board of directors prior to January 1, 1993, where the principal purpose of that modernization project is to:
(a) Restore building systems and subsystems that have deteriorated due to deferred maintenance;
(b) Perform piecemeal work on one section or system of a school facility;
(c) Modernize a facility or any section thereof which has been constructed within the previous twenty years;
(d) Modernize a facility or any section thereof which has received state assistance under the authority of this chapter within the previous twenty years;
(e) To modernize a senior high school facility in a district with a senior high school where there is existing space available to serve the students involved or affected in a neighboring senior high school without, in the judgment of the state board of education, an undue increase in the cost of transporting the students to and from school, decrease in educational opportunity, or proportional increase in the cost of instruction pursuant to chapter 180-25 WAC.
(4) School facilities accepted by the school district board of directors after January 1, 1993, shall be ineligible for state assistance for modernization of the facility or any section thereof where:
(a) The facility was constructed and occupied within the previous thirty years;
(b) The facility received state assistance under the authority of this chapter within the previous thirty years.
[Statutory Authority: [RCW 28A.525.020.] 91-12-058, § 180-33-015, filed 6/5/91, effective 7/6/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.47.830. 85-24-049 (Order 26-85), § 180-33-015, filed 11/27/85; 85-09-060 (Order 8-85), § 180-33-015, filed 4/17/85; 83-21-071 (Order 16-83), § 180-33-015, filed 10/17/83. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.47.073. 81-24-049 (Order 13-81), § 180-33-015, filed 12/1/81.]