CHAPTER 16-105
School Building Authority

SECTION 16-105-3

§ 16-105-3. Roles and responsibilities.

The school building authority roles and responsibilities shall include:

(1) Management of a system with the goal of ensuring equitable and adequate school housing for all public school children in the state;

(2) Prevention of the cost of school housing from interfering with the effective operation of the schools;

(3) Management of school housing aid in accordance with statute;

(4) Reviewing and making recommendations to the council on elementary and secondary education on necessity of school construction applications for state school housing aid and the school building authority capital fund, based on the recommendations of the school building authority advisory board;

(5) Managing and maintaining school construction regulations, standards, and guidelines applicable to the school housing program, based on the recommendations of the school building authority advisory board, created in § 16-105-8;

(6) Providing technical advice and assistance, training, and education to cities, towns, and/or LEAs and to general contractors, subcontractors, construction or project managers, designers and others in planning, maintenance, and establishment of school facility space;

(7) Developing a project priority system, based on the recommendations of the school building authority advisory board, in accordance with school construction regulations for the state school housing aid set forth in §§ 16-7-35 to 16-7-47 and the school building authority capital fund, subject to review and, if necessary, to be revised on intervals not to exceed five (5) years. Project priorities shall be in accordance with, but not limited to, the following order of priorities:

(i) Projects to replace or renovate a building that is structurally unsound or otherwise in a condition seriously jeopardizing the health and safety of school children where no alternative exists;

(ii) Projects needed to prevent loss of accreditation;

(iii) Projects needed for the replacement, renovation, or modernization of the HVAC system in any schoolhouse to increase energy conservation and decrease energy-related costs in said schoolhouse;

(iv) Projects needed to replace or add to obsolete buildings in order to provide for a full range of programs consistent with state and approved local requirements; and

(v) Projects needed to comply with mandatory, instructional programs.

(8) Maintaining a current list of requested school projects and the priority given them;

(9) Collecting and maintaining readily available data on all the public school facilities in the state;

(10) Recommending policies and procedures designed to reduce borrowing for school construction programs at both state and local levels;

(11) At least every five (5) years, conducting a needs survey to ascertain the capital construction, reconstruction, maintenance, and other capital needs for schools in each district of the state, including public charter schools;

(12) Developing a formal enrollment projection model or using projection models already available;

(13) Encouraging local education agencies to investigate opportunities for the maximum utilization of space in and around the district;

(14) Collecting and maintaining a clearinghouse of prototypical school plans that may be consulted by eligible applicants;

(15) By regulation, offering additional incentive points to the school housing aid ratio calculation set forth in § 16-7-39, as the authority, based upon the recommendation of the advisory board, determines will promote the purposes of this chapter. Said regulations may delineate the type and amounts of any such incentive percentage points; provided, however, that no individual category of incentive points shall exceed two (2) additional points; and provided further, that no district shall receive a combined total of more than five (5) incentive percentage points. Such incentive points may be awarded for a district's use of highly efficient construction delivery methods; regionalization with other districts; superior maintenance practices of a district; energy efficient and sustainable design and construction; the use of model schools as adopted by the authority; and other incentives as recommended by the advisory board and determined by the authority to encourage the most cost-effective and quality construction. Notwithstanding any provision of the general laws to the contrary, the reimbursement or aid received under this chapter or chapter 38.2 of title 45 shall not exceed one hundred percent (100%) of the sum of the total project costs plus interest costs.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2015, ch. 141, art. 9, § 2.)