Date Requested:January 14, 2011
Time Requested:03:12 PM
Agency: Education, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2011R1395 Introduced HB2478
CBD Subject: CHARTER SCHOOL ACT
FUND(S)
Sources of Revenue
General Fund
Legislation creates:
Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 3,900,000 1,600,000
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    The purpose of the bill is to establish the authorization for creating charter schools.
    
    The bill requires the county school systems to provide transportation services for the students attending the charter schools, which appears at this time to be the only cost that the county boards will incur as a result of the bill. Regarding developing a cost estimate for transporting students, there are too many unknown variables at this time to be able to compute an accurate cost estimate, such as the number and location of the charter schools, grade configuration of the schools, and the addresses of the students to be transported.
    
    But to compute an estimate of the approximate cost for the bill, the following assumptions were used: (1) One charter school will be created in each of the nine largest counties; (2) The time students spend on school buses will increase for the charter school students unless separate bus routes are established (3) Additional school buses and drivers will have to be added for the additional routes; and (4) This will increase the operating costs for student transportation.
    
    Based on these assumptions, the estimated cost to create nine (9) charter schools is:
    
     30 buses $2,500,000 (initial)
     30 drivers $1,000,000 (annual)
     Operating and maintenance of fleet $ 400,000 (annual)
    
     Total estimated cost – 2011-12 $3,900,000
     Total estimated cost – 2012-13 and thereafter $1,600,000
    
    Since most county boards are already employing the maximum number of service personnel allowed to be funded under the Public School Support Program, the employee costs will be an expense that the county boards will incur, as well as the initial cost for purchasing the buses. The increased annual operating costs, as well as 8.33% of the cost of replacing the buses will be a State cost.
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Pam Bird for Joe Panetta
Email Address:
pbird@access.k12.wv.us