TITLE 16
Education

CHAPTER 16-7
Foundation Level School Support [See Title 16 Chapter 97 – The Rhode Island Board Of Education Act]

SECTION 16-7-40


§ 16-7-40 Increased school housing ratio for regional schools – Energy conservation – Access for people with disabilities – Asbestos removal projects.

(a)(1) In the case of regional school districts, the school housing aid ratio shall be increased by two percent (2%) for each grade so consolidated.

(2) Regional school districts undertaking renovation project(s) shall receive an increased share ratio of four percent (4%) for those specific project(s) only, in addition to the combined share ratio calculated in § 16-7-39 and this subsection.

(b) In the case of projects undertaken by regionalized and/or non-regionalized school districts specifically for the purposes of energy conservation, access for people with disabilities, and/or asbestos removal, the school housing aid share ratio shall be increased by four percent (4%) for these specific projects only, in the calculation of school housing aid. The increased share ratio shall continue to be applied for as log as the project(s) receive state housing aid. In order to qualify for the increased share ratio, seventy-five percent (75%) of the project costs must be specifically directed to either energy conservation, access for people with disabilities, and/or asbestos removal or any combination of these projects. The board of regents for elementary and secondary education shall promulgate rules and regulations for the administration and operation of this section.

(c) Upon the transfer of ownership from the state to the respective cities and towns of the regional career and technical center buildings located in Cranston, East Providence, Newport, Providence, Warwick, Woonsocket and the Chariho regional school district, the school housing aid share ratio shall be increased by four percent (4%) for the renovation and/or repair of these buildings. To qualify for the increased share ratio, as defined in § 16-7-39, renovation and repair projects must be submitted for approval through the necessity of school construction process prior to the end of the second full fiscal year following the transfer of ownership and assumption of local care and control of the building. Only projects at regional career and technical centers that have full program approval from the department of elementary and secondary education shall be eligible for the increased share ratio. The increased share ratio shall continue to be applied for as long as the renovation and/or repair project receives school housing aid.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1960, ch. 26, § 6; P.L. 1962, ch. 47, § 1; P.L. 1981, ch. 252, § 1; P.L. 1985, ch. 309, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 84, § 44; P.L. 1999, ch. 83, § 24; P.L. 1999, ch. 130, § 24; P.L. 2003, ch. 376, art. 9, § 1.)