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H. B. 2520

(By Delegate Williams)

[Introduced February 21, 2005 ; referred to the

Committee on Education then Finance.]






A BILL to amend and reenact §18-9D-3, §18-9D-15 and §18-9D-16 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to the distribution of moneys by the School Building Authority; providing that county school boards may spend authority moneys on any school that has been included in an approved comprehensive educational facilities plan; providing that no one criterion, especially economies of scale, may dominate other statutory criteria when decisions are made to award grant moneys; and requiring the School Building Authority to undergo legislative rule-making review and have its guidelines approved as legislative rules.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That §18-9D-3, §18-9D-15 and §18-9D-16 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

§18-9D-3. Powers of authority.

The School Building Authority has the power:

(1) To sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded;

(2) To have a seal and alter the same at pleasure;

(3) To contract to acquire and to acquire, in the name of the authority, by purchase, lease-purchase not to exceed a term of twenty-five years, or otherwise, real property or rights or easements necessary or convenient for its corporate purposes and to exercise the power of eminent domain to accomplish those purposes;

(4) To acquire, hold and dispose of real and personal property for its corporate purposes;

(5) To make bylaws for the management and rule of its affairs and to propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code as may be required by the provisions of this article or as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this article;

(6) To appoint, contract with and employ attorneys, bond counsel, accountants, construction and financial experts, underwriters, financial advisers, trustees and managers and such other employees and agents as may be necessary in the judgment of the authority and to fix their compensation: Provided, That contracts entered into by the School Building Authority in connection with the issuance of bonds under this article to provide professional and technical services, including, without limitation,
accounting, actuarial, underwriting, consulting, trustee, bond counsel, legal services and contracts relating to the purchase or sale of bonds are subject to the provisions of article three, chapter five-a of this code: Provided, however, That notwithstanding any other provisions of this code, any authority of the Attorney General of this state relating to the review of contracts and other documents to effectuate the issuance of bonds under this article shall be exclusively limited to the form of the contract and document: Provided further, That the Attorney General of this State shall complete all reviews of contracts and documents relating to the issuance of bonds under this article within ten calendar days of receipt of the contract and document for review;
(7) To make contracts and to execute all instruments necessary or convenient to effectuate the intent of and to exercise the powers granted to it by this article;

(8) To renegotiate all contracts entered into by it whenever, due to a change in situation, it appears to the authority that its interests will be best served;

(9) To acquire by purchase, eminent domain or otherwise all real property or interests in the property necessary or convenient to accomplish the purposes of this article;

(10) To require proper maintenance and insurance of any project authorized under this section, including flood insurance for any facility within the one hundred year flood plain at which
authority funds are expended;
(11) To charge rent for the use of all or any part of a project or buildings at any time financed, constructed, acquired or improved, in whole or in part, with the revenues of the Authority;

(12) To assist any county board of education that chooses to acquire land, buildings and capital improvements to existing school buildings and property for use as public school facilities, by lease from a private or public lessor for a term not to exceed twenty-five years with an option to purchase pursuant to an investment contract with the lessor on such terms and conditions as may be determined to be in the best interests of the Authority, the State Board of Education and the county board of education, consistent with the purposes of this article, by transferring Funds to the State Board of Education as provided in subsection (d), section fifteen of this article for the use of the county board of education;

(13) To accept and expend any gift, grant, contribution, bequest or endowment of money and equipment to, or for the benefit of, the authority or any project under this article, from the State of West Virginia or any other source for any or all of the purposes specified in this article or for any one or more of such purposes as may be specified in connection with the gift, grant, contribution, bequest or endowment;

(14) To enter on any lands and premises for the purpose of
making surveys, soundings and examinations;
(15) To contract for architectural, engineering or other professional services considered necessary or economical by the a

Authority to provide consultative or other services to the Authority or to any regional educational service agency or county board requesting professional services offered by the Authority, to evaluate any facilities plan or any project encompassed in the plan, to inspect existing facilities or any project that has received or may receive funding from the authority or to perform any other service considered by the authority to be necessary or economical. Assistance to the region or district may include the development of preapproved systems, plans, designs, models or documents; advice or oversight on any plan or project; or any other service that may be efficiently provided to regional educational service agencies or county boards by the authority;

(16) To provide funds on an emergency basis to repair or replace property damaged by fire, flood, wind, storm, earthquake or other natural occurrence, the Funds to be made available in accordance with guidelines of the School Building Authority;

(17) To transfer moneys to custodial accounts maintained by the School Building Authority with a state financial institution from the school construction Fund and the school improvement Fund created in the State Treasury pursuant to the provisions of section six of this article, as necessary to the performance of any
contracts executed by the School Building Authority in accordance with the provisions of this article;
(18) To enter into agreements with county boards and persons, firms or corporations to facilitate the development of county board projects and county board facilities plans. The county board participating in an agreement shall pay at least twenty-five percent of the cost of the agreement. Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede, limit or impair supercedes, limits or impairs the authority of county boards to develop and prepare their projects or plans;

(19) To encourage any project or part thereof to provide opportunities for students to participate in supervised, unpaid work-based learning experiences related to the student's program of study approved by the county board. The work-based learning experience must be conducted in accordance with a formal training plan approved by the instructor, the employer and the student and which sets forth at a minimum the specific skills to be learned, the required documentation of work-based learning experiences, the conditions of the placement, including duration and safety provisions, and provisions for supervision and liability insurance coverage as applicable. Projects involving the new construction and renovation of vocational-technical and adult education facilities should provide opportunities for students to participate in supervised work-based learning experiences, to the extent
practical, which meet the requirements of this subdivision. Nothing in this subdivision may be construed to affect registered youth apprenticeship programs or the provisions governing those programs; and
(20) To do all things necessary or convenient to carry out the powers given in this article.

§18-9D-15. Legislative intent; allocation of money among categories of projects; lease purchase options; limitation on time period for expenditure of project allocation; county maintenance budget requirements; project disbursements over period of years; preference for multicounty arrangements; submission of project designs; set-aside to encourage local participation; etc.

(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to empower the School Building Authority to facilitate and provide State Funds and to administer all Federal Funds provided for the construction and major improvement of school facilities so as to meet the educational needs of the people of this state in an efficient, thorough and economical manner. The Authority shall make funding determinations in accordance with the provisions of this article and shall assess existing school facilities and each facility's school major improvement plan in relation to the needs of the individual student, the general school population, the communities served by the facilities and facility needs statewide.
(b) An amount that is no more than three percent of the sum of moneys that are determined by the Authority to be available for distribution during the then current fiscal year from: (1) Moneys paid into the School Building Capital Improvements Fund pursuant to section ten, article nine-a of this chapter; (2) the issuance of revenue bonds for which moneys in the School Building Debt Service Fund are pledged as security; (3) moneys paid into the School Construction Fund pursuant to section six of this article; and (4) any other moneys received by the Authority, except moneys paid into the School Major Improvement Fund pursuant to section six of this article, may be allocated and may be expended by the Authority for projects authorized in accordance with the provisions of section sixteen of this article that service serve the educational community statewide or, upon application by the State Board, for educational programs that are under the jurisdiction of the State Board. In addition, upon application by the State Board or the administrative council of an area vocational educational center established pursuant to article two-b of this chapter, the authority may allocate and expend under this subsection moneys for school major improvement projects authorized in accordance with the provisions of section sixteen of this article proposed by the State Board or an administrative council for school facilities under the direct supervision of the State Board or an administrative council, respectively. Furthermore, upon application by a county board, the authority may allocate and expend under this subsection moneys for school major improvement projects for vocational programs at comprehensive high schools, vocational schools cooperating with community and technical college programs, or both. Each county board is encouraged to cooperate with community and technical colleges in the use of existing or development of new vocational technical facilities. All projects eligible for Funds from this subsection shall be submitted directly to the Authority which shall be solely responsible for the project's evaluation: Provided, That the Authority may not expend any moneys for a school major improvement project proposed by the State Board or the administrative council of an area vocational educational center unless the State Board or an administrative council has submitted a ten-year facilities plan: Provided, however, That the Authority shall, before allocating any moneys to the State Board or the administrative council of an area vocational educational center for a school improvement project, consider all other funding sources available for the project.
(c) An amount that is no more than two percent of the moneys that are determined by the Authority to be available for distribution during the current fiscal year from: (1) Moneys paid into the School Building Capital Improvements Fund pursuant to section ten, article nine-a of this chapter; (2) the issuance of revenue bonds for which moneys in the School Building Debt Service Fund are pledged as security; (3) moneys paid into the School Construction Fund pursuant to section six of this article; and (4) any other moneys received by the Authority, except moneys deposited into the School Major Improvement Fund, shall be set aside by the Authority as an emergency fund to be distributed in accordance with the guidelines adopted rules proposed for legislative approval by the authority.
(d) An amount that is no more than five percent of the moneys that are determined by the Authority
to be available for distribution during the current fiscal year from: (1) Moneys paid into the School Building Capital Improvements Fund pursuant to section ten, article nine-a of this chapter; (2) the issuance of revenue bonds for which moneys in the School Building Debt Service Fund are pledged as security; (3) moneys paid into the School Construction Fund pursuant to section six of this article; and (4) any other moneys received by the Authority, except moneys deposited into the School Major Improvement Fund, may be reserved by the Authority for multiuse vocational-technical education facilities projects that may include post-secondary programs as a first priority use. The Authority may allocate and expend under this subsection moneys for any purposes authorized in this article on multiuse vocational-technical education facilities projects, including equipment and equipment updates at the facilities, authorized in accordance with the provisions of section sixteen of this article. If the projects approved under this subsection do not require the full amount of moneys reserved, moneys above the amount required may be allocated and expended in accordance with other provisions of this article. A county board, the State Board, an administrative council or the Joint Administrative Board of a vocational-technical education facility which includes post-secondary programs may propose projects for facilities or equipment, or both, which are under the direct supervision of the respective body: Provided, That the Authority shall, before allocating any moneys for a project under this subsection, consider all other funding sources available for the project.
(e) The remaining moneys determined by the Authority to be available for distribution during the then current fiscal year from: (1) Moneys paid into the School Building Capital Improvements Fund pursuant to section ten, article nine-a of this chapter; (2) the issuance of revenue bonds for which moneys in the School Building Debt Service Fund are pledged as security; (3) moneys paid into the School Construction Fund pursuant to section six of this article; and (4) any other moneys received by the Authority, except moneys deposited into the School Major Improvement Fund, shall be allocated and expended on the basis of need and efficient use of resources for projects funded in accordance with the provisions of section sixteen of this article.
(f) If a county board of education proposes to finance a project that is authorized in accordance with section sixteen of this article through a lease with an option to purchase leased premises upon the expiration of the total lease period pursuant to an investment contract, the Authority may allocate no moneys to the county board in connection with the project: Provided, That the Authority may transfer moneys to the State Board of Education which, with the Authority, shall lend the amount transferred to the county board to be used only for a one-time payment due at the beginning of the lease term, made for the purpose of reducing annual lease payments under the investment contract, subject to the following conditions:
(1) The loan shall be secured in the manner required by the Authority, in consultation with the State Board, and shall be repaid in a period and bear interest at a rate as determined by the State Board and the Authority and shall have any terms and conditions that are required by the Authority, all of which shall be set forth in a loan agreement among the Authority, the State Board and the county board;
(2) The loan agreement shall provide for the State Board and the Authority to defer the payment of principal and interest upon any loan made to the county board during the term of the investment contract, and annual renewals of the investment contract, among the State Board, the Authority, the county board and a lessor: Provided, That in the event a county board which has received a loan from the Authority for a one-time payment at the beginning of the lease term does not renew the subject lease annually until performance of the investment contract in its entirety is completed, the county board is in default and the principal of the loan, together with all unpaid interest accrued to the date of the default, shall, at the option of the Authority, in consultation with the State Board, become due and payable immediately or subject to renegotiation among the State Board, the Authority and the county board: Provided, however, That if a county board renews the lease annually through the performance of the investment contract in its entirety, the county board shall exercise its option to purchase the leased premises: Provided further, That the failure of the county board to make a scheduled payment pursuant to the investment contract constitutes an event of default under the loan agreement: And provided further, That upon a default by a county board, the principal of the loan, together with all unpaid interest accrued to the date of the default, shall, at the option of the authority, in consultation with the State Board, become due and payable immediately or subject to renegotiation among the State Board, the Authority and the county board: And provided further, That if the loan becomes due and payable immediately, the Authority, in consultation with the State Board, shall use all means available under the loan agreement and law to collect the outstanding principal balance of the loan, together with all unpaid interest accrued to the date of payment of the outstanding principal balance; and
(3) The loan agreement shall provide for the State Board and the Authority to forgive all principal and interest of the loan upon the county board purchasing the leased premises pursuant to the investment contract and performance of the investment contract in its entirety.
(g) To encourage county boards to proceed promptly with facilities planning and to prepare for the expenditure of any state moneys derived from the sources described in this section, any county board or other entity to whom moneys are allocated by the Authority that fails to expend the money within three years of the allocation shall forfeit the allocation and thereafter is ineligible for further allocations pursuant to this section until it is ready to expend funds in accordance with an approved facilities plan: Provided, That the Authority may authorize an extension beyond the three-year forfeiture period not to exceed an additional two years. Any amount forfeited shall be added to the total funds available in the School Construction Fund of the Authority for future allocation and distribution. Funds may not be distributed for any project under this article unless the responsible entity has a facilities plan approved by the State Board and the School Building Authority and is prepared to commence expenditure of the funds during the fiscal year in which the moneys are distributed.
(h) The remaining moneys that are determined by the Authority to be available for distribution during the then current fiscal year from moneys paid into the school major improvement Fund pursuant to section six of this article shall be allocated and distributed on the basis of need and efficient use of resources for projects authorized in accordance with the provisions of section sixteen of this article: Provided, That the moneys may not be distributed for any project under this section unless the responsible entity has a facilities plan approved by the State Board and the Authority and is to commence expenditures of the Funds during the fiscal year in which the moneys are distributed: Provided, however, That any moneys allocated to a project and not distributed for that project shall be deposited in an account to the credit of the project, the principal amount to remain to the credit of and available to the project for a period of two years. Any moneys which are unexpended after a two-year period shall be redistributed on the basis of need from the School Major Improvement Fund in that fiscal year.
(i) No local matching funds may be required under the provisions of this section. However, the responsibilities of the county boards of education to maintain school facilities are not negated by the provisions of this article. To be eligible to receive an allocation of school major improvement Funds from the Authority, a county board must have expended in the previous fiscal year an amount of county moneys equal to or exceeding the lowest average amount of money included in the county board's maintenance budget over any three of the previous five years and must have budgeted an amount equal to or greater than the average in the current fiscal year: Provided, That the State Board shall promulgate rules relating to county boards' maintenance budgets, including items which shall be included in the budgets.
(j) Any county board may use moneys provided by the Authority under this article in conjunction with local funds derived from bonding, special levy or other sources. Distribution to a county board, or to the State Board or the administrative council of an area vocational educational center pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, may be in a lump sum or in accordance with a schedule of payments adopted by the authority pursuant to guidelines adopted by the Authority.
(k) Funds in the School Construction Fund shall first be transferred and expended as follows:
Any funds deposited in the School Construction Fund shall be expended first in accordance with an appropriation by the Legislature. To the extent that funds are available in the School Construction Fund in excess of that amount appropriated in any fiscal year, the excess funds may be expended for projects authorized in accordance with the provisions of section sixteen of this article. Any projects which the Authority identified and announced for funding on or before the first day of August, one thousand nine hundred ninety-five, or identified and announced for funding on or before the thirty-first day of December, one thousand nine hundred ninety-five, shall be funded by the Authority in an amount which is not less than the amount specified when the project was identified and announced.
(l) It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage county boards to explore and consider arrangements with other counties that may facilitate the highest and best use of all available funds, which may result in improved transportation arrangements for students or which otherwise may create efficiencies for county boards and the students. In order to address the intent of the Legislature contained in this subsection, the Authority shall grant preference to those projects which involve multicounty arrangements as the Authority shall determine reasonable and proper.
(m) County boards shall submit all designs for construction of new school buildings to the School Building Authority for review and approval prior to preparation of final bid documents: Provided, That a vendor who has been debarred pursuant to the provisions of sections thirty-three-a through thirty-three-f, inclusive, article three, chapter five-a of this code, may not bid on or be awarded a contract under this section.
(n) The Authority may elect to disburse funds for approved construction projects over a period of more than one year subject to the following:
(1) The Authority may not approve the funding of a school construction project over a period of more than three years;
(2) The Authority may not approve the use of more than fifty percent of the revenue available for distribution in any given fiscal year for projects that are to be funded over a period of more than one year; and
(3) In order to encourage local participation in funding school construction projects, the Authority may set aside limited funding, not to exceed five hundred thousand dollars, in reserve for one additional year to provide a county the opportunity to complete financial planning for a project prior to the allocation of construction funds. Any funding shall be on a reserve basis and converted to a part of the construction grant only after all project budget funds have been secured and all county commitments have been fulfilled. Failure of the county to solidify the project budget and meet its obligations to the state within eighteen months of the date the funding is set aside by the Authority will result in expiration of the reserve and the funds shall be reallocated by the Authority in the succeeding funding cycle.
§18-9D-16. Authority to establish guidelines and procedures for facilities and major improvement plans; guidelines for modifications and updates, etc.; guidelines for project evaluation; submission of certified list of projects to be funded; department on-site inspection of facilities; enforcement of required changes or additions to project plans.

(a) The Authority shall establish guidelines and procedures to promote the intent and purposes of this article and assure the prudent and resourceful expenditure of state funds for projects under this article including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) Guidelines and procedures for the facilities plans, school major improvement plans and projects submitted in the furtherance of the plans that address, but are not limited to, the following:
(A) All of the elements of the respective plans as defined in section two of this article;
(B) The procedures for a county to submit a preliminary plan, a plan outline or a proposal for a plan to the Authority prior to the submission of the facilities plan. The preliminary plan, plan outline or proposal for a plan shall be the basis for a consultation meeting between representatives of the county and members of the Authority, including at least one citizen member, which shall be held promptly following submission of the preliminary plan, plan outline or proposal for a plan to assure understanding of the general goals of this article and the objective criteria by which projects will be evaluated, to discuss ways the plan may be structured to meet those goals, and to assure efficiency and productivity in the project approval process;
(C) The manner, time line and process for the submission of each plan and annual plan updates to the Authority;
(D) The requirements for public hearings, comments or other means of providing broad-based input on plans and projects under this article within a reasonable time period as the Authority may consider appropriate. The submission of each plan must be accompanied by a synopsis of all comments received and a formal comment by the county board, the State Board or the administrative council of an area vocational educational center submitting the plan;
(E) Any project specifications and maintenance specifications considered appropriate by the Authority including, but not limited to, such matters as energy efficiency, preferred siting, construction materials, maintenance plan and any other matter related to how the project is to proceed;
(F) A prioritization by the county board, the State Board or the administrative council submitting the plan of each project contained in the plan. In prioritizing the projects, the county board, the State Board or the administrative council submitting the plan shall make determinations in accordance with the objective criteria formulated by the School Building Authority in accordance with this section. The priority list is one of the criteria that shall be considered by the Authority deciding how the available Funds should be expended;
(G) The objective means to be set forth in the plan and used in evaluating implementation of the overall plan and each project included in the plan. The evaluation must measure how the plan addresses the goals of this article and any guidelines adopted under this article, and how each project is in furtherance of the facilities plan and School Major Improvement Plan, as applicable, as well as the importance of the project to the overall success of the facilities plan or school major improvement plan and the overall goals of the Authority; and
(H) Any other matters considered by the Authority to be important reflections of how a construction project or a major improvement project or projects will further the overall goals of this article.
(2) Guidelines and procedures which may be adopted by the Authority for requiring that a county board modify, update, supplement or otherwise submit changes or additions to an approved facilities plan or for requiring that a county board, the State Board or the administrative council of an area vocational educational center modify, update, supplement or otherwise submit changes or additions to an approved school major improvement plan. The Authority shall provide reasonable notification and sufficient time for the change or addition as delineated in guidelines developed by the Authority.
(3) Guidelines and procedures for evaluating project proposals that are submitted to the Authority that address, but are not limited to, the following:
(A) Any project funded by the Authority must be in furtherance of the facilities plan or school major improvement plan and in compliance with the guidelines established by the Authority;
(B) If a project is to benefit more than one county in the region, the facilities plan must state the manner in which the cost and funding of the project will be apportioned among the counties;
(C) If a county board proposes to finance a construction project through a lease with an option to purchase pursuant to an investment contract as described in subsection (f), section fifteen of this article, the specifications for the project must include the term of the lease, the amount of each lease payment, including the payment due upon exercise of the option to purchase, and the terms and conditions of the proposed investment contract; and
(D) The objective criteria for the evaluation of projects which shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
(i) How the current facilities do not meet and how the plan and any project under the plan meets the following:
(I) Student health and safety including, but not limited to, critical health and safety needs;
(II) Economies of scale, including compatibility with similar schools that have achieved the most economical organization, facility use and pupil-teacher ratios taking into account that population sparsity affects school sizes, transportation times and costs;
(III) Reasonable travel time and practical means of addressing other demographic considerations: Provided, That maximum reasonable travel times are thirty minutes for kindergarten through grade five, forty-five minutes for grades six through eight and sixty minutes for grades nine through twelve;
(IV) Multicounty and regional planning to achieve the most effective and efficient instructional delivery system;
(V) Curriculum improvement and diversification, including the use of instructional technology, distance learning and access to advanced courses in science, mathematics, language arts and social studies;
(VI) Innovations in education;
(VII) Adequate space for projected student enrollments;
(VIII) The history of efforts taken by the county board to propose or adopt local school bond issues or special levies to the extent constitutionally permissible; and
(IX) Regularly scheduled preventive maintenance; and
(ii) How the project will assure the prudent and resourceful expenditure of State Funds and achieve the purposes of this article for constructing, expanding, renovating or otherwise improving and maintaining school facilities for a thorough and efficient education.
(4) Guidelines and procedures for evaluating projects for funding that address, but are not limited to, the following:
(A) Requiring each county board's facilities plan and school major improvement plan to prioritize all the construction projects or major improvement projects, respectively, within the county. A school major improvement plan submitted by the State Board or the administrative council of an area vocational educational center shall prioritize all the school improvement projects contained in the plan. The priority list shall be one of the criteria to be considered by the Authority in determining how available funds shall be expended. In prioritizing the projects, the county board, the State Board or the administrative council submitting a plan shall make determinations in accordance with the objective criteria formulated by the School Building Authority;
(B) The return to each county submitting a project proposal an explanation of the evaluative factors underlying the decision of the Authority to fund or not to fund the project; and
(C) The allocation and expenditure of funds in accordance with this article, subject to the availability of funds.
(b) Prior to final action on approving projects for funding under this article, the Authority shall submit a certified list of the projects to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
(c) The State Department of Education shall conduct on-site * inspections, at least annually, of all facilities which have been funded wholly or in part by moneys from the Authority or State Board to ensure compliance with the county board's facilities plan and school major improvement plan as related to the facilities; to preserve the physical integrity of the facilities to the extent possible; and to otherwise extend the useful life of the facilities: Provided, That the State Board shall submit reports regarding its on-site inspections of facilities to the Authority within thirty days of completion of the on-site inspections: Provided, however, That the State Board shall promulgate rules regarding the on-site inspections and matters relating thereto, in consultation with the Authority, as soon as practical and shall submit proposed rules for legislative review no later than the first day of December, one thousand nine hundred ninety-four.
(d) Based on its on-site inspection or notification by the Authority to the State Board that the changes or additions to a county's board facilities plan or school major improvement plan required by the Authority have not been implemented within the time period prescribed by the Authority, the State Board shall restrict the use of the necessary funds or otherwise allocate Funds from moneys appropriated by the Legislature for those purposes set forth in section nine, article nine-a of this chapter.
(e) In proposing rules for the distribution of school building funds, as required under the provisions of this article, the Authority shall comply with all provisions relating to legislative rules as set forth in article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. Guidelines previously adopted by the Authority are invalid and without effect until such time as the Authority has proposed those guidelines as legislative rules and the rules have been approved for promulgation by the Legislature.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to amend certain provisions relating to the award and distribution of grant moneys from the School Building Authority. It provides that county school boards may spend authority moneys on any school that has been included in an approved comprehensive educational facilities plan. It makes explicit that no one criterion, especially economies of scale, may dominate other statutory criteria when decisions are made to award grant moneys. Finally, it requires the School Building Authority to undergo legislative rule-making review and have its guidelines approved as legislative rules.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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