CHAPTER 173
PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS

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Sec. 10-285a. Percentage determination for school building project grants.
Sec. 10-285g. Acoustical standards. Waiver.
Sec. 10-285h. Projects for charter schools: Pilot program.
Sec. 10-286. Computation of school building project grants.
Sec. 10-286f. Professional or consulting fees. No increase due to increased prices for construction materials.
Sec. 10-287d. Bond issue for school building project grants.
Sec. 10-292k. Bond issue for interest subsidy grants.
Sec. 10-292o. Leasing of facilities by regional educational service centers; grants.

      Sec. 10-285a. Percentage determination for school building project grants. (a) The percentage of school building project grant money a local board of education may be eligible to receive, under the provisions of section 10-286 shall be determined as follows: (1) Each town shall be ranked in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine according to such town's adjusted equalized net grand list per capita, as defined in section 10-261; (2) based upon such ranking, a percentage of not less than forty nor more than eighty shall be determined for each town on a continuous scale, except that for school building projects authorized by the General Assembly during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, for all such projects so authorized thereafter and for grants approved pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-283 for which application is made on and after July 1, 1991, the percentage of school building project grant money a local board of education may be eligible to receive, under the provisions of section 10-286 shall be determined as follows: (A) Each town shall be ranked in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine according to such town's adjusted equalized net grand list per capita, as defined in section 10-261; (B) based upon such ranking, a percentage of not less than twenty nor more than eighty shall be determined for each town on a continuous scale.

      (b) The percentage of school building project grant money a regional board of education may be eligible to receive under the provisions of section 10-286 shall be determined by its ranking. Such ranking shall be determined by (1) multiplying the total population, as defined in section 10-261, of each town in the district by such town's ranking, as determined in subsection (a) of this section, (2) adding together the figures determined under subdivision (1) of this subsection, and (3) dividing the total computed under subdivision (2) of this subsection by the total population of all towns in the district. The ranking of each regional board of education shall be rounded to the next higher whole number and each such board shall receive the same reimbursement percentage as would a town with the same rank plus ten per cent, except that no such percentage shall exceed eighty-five per cent.

      (c) The percentage of school building project grant money a regional educational service center may be eligible to receive shall be determined by its ranking. Such ranking shall be determined by (1) multiplying the population of each member town in the regional educational service center by such town's ranking, as determined in subsection (a) of this section; (2) adding together the figures for each town determined under subdivision (1) of this subsection, and (3) dividing the total computed under subdivision (2) of this subsection by the total population of all member towns in the regional educational service center. The ranking of each regional educational service center shall be rounded to the next higher whole number and each such center shall receive the same reimbursement percentage as would a town with the same rank.

      (d) The percentage of school building project grant money a cooperative arrangement pursuant to section 10-158a, may be eligible to receive shall be determined by its ranking. Such ranking shall be determined by (1) multiplying the total population, as defined in section 10-261, of each town in the cooperative arrangement by such town's ranking, as determined in subsection (a) of this section, (2) adding the products determined under subdivision (1) of this subsection, and (3) dividing the total computed under subdivision (2) of this subsection by the total population of all towns in the cooperative arrangement. The ranking of each cooperative arrangement shall be rounded to the next higher whole number and each such cooperative arrangement shall receive the same reimbursement percentage as would a town with the same rank plus ten percentage points.

      (e) If an elementary school building project for a new building or for the expansion of an existing building includes space for a school readiness program, the percentage determined pursuant to this section shall be increased by five percentage points, but shall not exceed one hundred per cent, for the portion of the building used primarily for such purpose. Recipient districts shall maintain full-day preschool enrollment for at least ten years.

      (f) The percentage determined pursuant to this section for a school building project grant for the expansion, alteration or renovation of an existing public school building to convert such building for use as a lighthouse school, as defined in section 10-266cc, shall be increased by ten percentage points.

      (g) The percentage determined pursuant to this section for a school building project grant shall be increased by the percentage of the total projected enrollment of the school attributable to the number of spaces made available for out-of-district students participating in the program established pursuant to section 10-266aa, provided the maximum increase shall not exceed ten percentage points.

      (h) Subject to the provisions of section 10-285d, if an elementary school building project for a school in a priority school district or for a priority school is necessary in order to offer a full-day kindergarten program or a full-day preschool program or to reduce class size pursuant to section 10-265f, the percentage determined pursuant to this section shall be increased by ten percentage points for the portion of the building used primarily for such full-day kindergarten program, full-day preschool program or such reduced size classes. Recipient districts that receive an increase pursuant to this subsection in support of a full-day preschool program, shall maintain full-day preschool enrollment for at least ten years.

      (P.A. 78-352, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-4, S. 7, 8; P.A. 85-476, S. 4, 6; 85-599, S. 2, 6; P.A. 86-403, S. 20, 132; P.A. 89-355, S. 1, 20; P.A. 96-244, S. 26, 63; 96-270, S. 4, 11; P.A. 97-259, S. 22, 41; 97-290, S. 19, 29; P.A. 98-243, S. 6, 25; P.A. 99-289, S. 3, 11; P.A. 01-173, S. 50, 67; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 24, 54; P.A. 03-76, S. 49; P.A. 05-245, S. 6, 7.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-4 amended Subsec. (b) to clarify that total population figures, as defined in Sec. 10-261, are to be used in calculation of the percentage; P.A. 85-476 amended section to specify that reimbursement percentage is determined by ranking, to provide that ranking is to be rounded to next nearest higher whole number, to provide for reimbursement at same percentage as for a town with the same rank and, in conjunction with P.A. 85-599 to add Subsec. (c) re calculation of percentage for regional educational service centers; P.A. 86-403 made technical changes in Subsecs. (b) and (c); P.A. 89-355 in Subsec. (a) changed the reimbursement percentage sliding scale of forty to eighty to twenty to eighty for projects authorized during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, and thereafter and for certain grants for which application is made on and after July 1, 1991; P.A. 96-244 amended Subsec. (b) to add Subparas. (A) and (B) allowing for increased reimbursement percentages for certain projects, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 96-270 added Subsec. (d) re cooperative arrangements, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 97-259 added Subsec. (e) re space for a school readiness program, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 97-290 added Subsecs. (f) and (g) re lighthouse schools and spaces for out-of-district students participating in the program established pursuant to Sec. 10-266aa, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-243 added new Subsec. (h) re projects related to full-day kindergarten or reduction in class size, effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-289 amended Subsec. (g) to make technical changes to clarify the method for determining the percentage increase, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 01-173 amended Subsec. (b) to provide a ten per cent increase and delete provisions re five per cent increase to secondary regional school districts, effective July 1, 2001; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 amended Subsec. (h) to increase percentage points from five to ten, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-76 made technical changes in Subsec. (b), effective June 3, 2003; P.A. 05-245 amended Subsec. (e) by adding requirement for maintaining full-day preschool enrollment for at least ten years and amended Subsec. (h) by adding language re full-day preschool program, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 10-285g. Acoustical standards. Waiver. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, for any school building project authorized by the General Assembly on or after July 1, 2005, classrooms or libraries shall be constructed or altered in accordance with American National Standard: Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements and Guidelines for Schools, ANSI S12. 60-2002. The provisions of this section shall not apply to classrooms or libraries where adequate acoustical modifications cannot be made without compromising health and safety, or the educational purpose or function of a specific classroom or library.

      (b) A local or regional board of education may apply to the Commissioner of Education for a waiver from the standard required in subsection (a) of this section for any relocatable classroom that will be used by the same school for a period of less than thirty-six months and the commissioner shall grant such waiver provided the application includes evidence that the board, with notice to parents, students and teachers, held a public hearing on the effects that required acoustical standards for classrooms may have on a student's ability to learn.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-6, S. 20.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-6 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 10-285h. Projects for charter schools: Pilot program. (a) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, there shall be established a pilot program for the development of a school building facility to be used for a state charter school. The Commissioner of Education may receive applications for the purchase and renovation of a building to be used as a state charter school facility. The amount of the grant shall be equal to the net eligible expenditures multiplied by the school construction reimbursement rate for the town in which the facility will be located. Enrollment projections identified in the application may exceed current charter school enrollment limitations, if approved by the commissioner. The provisions of this chapter concerning school construction projects and regulations adopted by the State Board of Education, in accordance with this chapter, shall apply to the project, except as provided by this section.

      (b) Eligible applicants shall be successful state charter school governing boards that have operated a charter school for at least five years and have had the charter of the school renewed by the State Board of Education. The application shall include information concerning the charter school that describes: (1) Academic success, including test results on mastery examinations pursuant to section 10-14n, (2) attendance records of students, (3) student success in completing the program of studies offered by the school, (4) parental involvement in the operation and decisions of the governing board, and (5) other such information as is required by the Commissioner of Education. The application shall be submitted in such form, manner and time as determined by the commissioner.

      (c) The Commissioner of Education may select one application for state grant assistance. The commissioner shall notify the school construction committee pursuant to section 10-283a of the commissioner's selection and the proposed funding for such state charter school project. The school construction committee shall consider the application in conjunction with the committee's review of the listing of eligible projects developed in accordance with section 10-283. If the school construction committee approves the request for funding, the committee shall include such grant request as a separately-listed item on a special supplementary schedule for such pilot charter school project on the listing of eligible projects developed in accordance with section 10-283.

      (d) If a state charter school that received a grant pursuant to this section ceases to be used as a state charter school facility, the Commissioner of Education shall determine whether title to the building and any legal interest in appurtenant land shall revert to the state.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-6, S. 39.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-6 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 10-286. Computation of school building project grants. (a) The amount of the grant approved by the Commissioner of Education under the provisions of this chapter for any completed school building project shall be computed as follows:

      (1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1984, and each fiscal year thereafter, in the case of a new school plant, an extension of an existing school building or projects involving the major alteration of any existing building to be used for school purposes, the eligible percentage, as determined in section 10-285a, of the result of multiplying together the number representing the highest projected enrollment, based on data acceptable to the Commissioner of Education, for such building during the eight-year period from the date a local or regional board of education files a notification of a proposed school building project with the Department of Education, the number of gross square feet per pupil determined by the Commissioner of Education to be adequate for the kind of educational program or programs intended, and the eligible cost of such project, divided by the gross square feet of such building, or the eligible percentage, as determined in section 10-285a, of the eligible cost of such project, whichever is less, provided, (A) any such project on which construction was started prior to July 1, 1975, shall be reimbursed under the formula in effect prior to said date, (B) any such project on which construction or payments under this chapter were started after June 30, 1975, but prior to July 31, 1983, shall be reimbursed based upon the data, submitted for each such project and accepted by the Department of Education during said period, representing the number of pupils the plant was designed to accommodate, (C) any project for which final grant calculation has been made after June 30, 1975, but prior to July 31, 1983, shall be reimbursed based upon such final calculation, and (D) any such project for which estimated grant payments were begun prior to July 31, 1983, shall be reimbursed based upon the calculation formula used in making such estimated grant payments;

      (2) In case of projects involving the purchase of an existing building to be used for school purposes, the eligible percentage, as determined in section 10-285a, of the eligible cost as determined by the Commissioner of Education, provided any project for which an application is made on or after July 1, 1995, involving the purchase and renovation of an existing facility, may be exempt from the standard space specifications, and otherwise ineligible repairs and replacements may be considered eligible for reimbursement as part of such a project, if information is provided acceptable to the commissioner documenting the need for such work and the cost savings to the state and the school district of such purchase and renovation project in comparison to alternative construction options;

      (3) If any school building project described in subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection includes the construction, extension or major alteration of outdoor athletic facilities, tennis courts or a natatorium, gymnasium or auditorium, the grant for the construction of such outdoor athletic facilities, tennis courts and natatorium shall be limited to one-half of the eligible percentage for subdivisions (1) and (2) of the net eligible cost of construction thereof; the grant for the construction of an area of spectator seating in a gymnasium shall be one-half of the eligible percentage for subdivisions (1) and (2) of the net eligible cost of construction thereof; and the grant for the construction of the seating area in an auditorium shall be limited to one-half of the eligible percentage for subdivisions (1) and (2) of the net eligible cost of construction of the portion of such area that seats one-half of the projected enrollment of the building, as defined in subdivision (1) of this subsection, which it serves;

      (4) In the case of a regional vocational agriculture center or the purchase of equipment pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10-65 or a regional special education facility pursuant to section 10-76e, an amount equal to the eligible cost of such project, as determined by the Commissioner of Education;

      (5) In the case of a public school administrative or service facility, one-half of the eligible percentage for subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection of the eligible project cost as determined by the Commissioner of Education, or in the case of a regional educational service center administrative or service facility, the eligible percentage, as determined pursuant to subsection (c) of section 10-285a, of the eligible project cost as determined by the commissioner;

      (6) In the case of the total replacement of a roof or the total replacement of a portion of a roof which has existed for at least twenty years, or in the case of the total replacement of a roof or the total replacement of a portion of a roof which has existed for fewer than twenty years when it is determined by a registered architect or registered engineer that such roof was improperly designed or improperly constructed and the town is prohibited from recovery of damages or has no other recourse at law or in equity, the eligible percentage for subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection, of the eligible cost as determined by the Commissioner of Education. In the case of the total replacement of a roof or the total replacement of a portion of a roof which has existed for fewer than twenty years (A) when it is determined by a registered architect or registered engineer that such roof was improperly designed or improperly constructed and the town has recourse at law or in equity and recovers less than such eligible cost, the eligible percentage for subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection of the difference between such recovery and such eligible cost, and (B) when the roof is at least fifteen years old but less than twenty years old and it cannot be determined by a registered architect or registered engineer that such roof was improperly designed or improperly constructed, the eligible percentage for subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection of the eligible project costs provided such costs are multiplied by the ratio of the age of the roof to twenty years. For purposes of this subparagraph, the age of the roof shall be determined in whole years to the nearest year based on the time between the completed installation of the old roof and the date of the grant application for the school construction project for the new roof;

      (7) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1984, and for each fiscal year thereafter, in the case of projects to correct code violations, the eligible percentage, as determined in section 10-285a, of the eligible cost as determined by the Commissioner of Education;

      (8) In the case of a renovation project for which an application is made on or after July 1, 1995, the eligible percentage as determined in subsection (b) of section 10-285a, multiplied by the eligible costs as determined by the commissioner, provided the project may be exempt from the standard space specifications, and otherwise ineligible repairs and replacements may be considered eligible for reimbursement as part of such a project, if information is provided acceptable to the commissioner documenting the need for such work and the cost savings to the state and the school district of such renovation project in comparison to alternative construction options;

      (9) In the case of projects approved to remedy certified school indoor air quality emergencies, the eligible percentage, as determined in section 10-285a, of the eligible cost as determined by the Commissioner of Education.

      (b) (1) In the case of all grants computed under this section for a project which constitutes a replacement, extension or major alteration of a damaged or destroyed facility, no grant may be paid if a local or regional board of education has failed to insure its facilities and capital equipment in accordance with the provisions of section 10-220. The amount of financial loss due to any damage or destruction to any such facility, as determined by ascertaining the replacement value of such damage or destruction, shall be deducted from project cost estimates prior to computation of the grant.

      (2) In the case of any grants computed under this section for a school building project authorized pursuant to section 10-283 after July 1, 1979, any federal funds or other state funds received for such school building project shall be deducted from project costs prior to computation of the grant.

      (3) The limitation on grants for new outdoor athletic facilities, tennis courts, natatorium, gymnasium and auditorium shall not apply to school building projects for which applications for review of preliminary plans and specifications on Form 2A were submitted prior to October 1, 1975, in the case of towns and prior to October 15, 1975, in the case of regional school districts.

      (4) Commencing with the school construction projects authorized by the General Assembly during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1985, and for all such projects so authorized thereafter, the calculation of grants pursuant to this section shall be made in accordance with the state standard space specifications in effect at the time of the final grant calculation, except that on and after July 1, 2005, in the case of a school district with an enrollment of less than one hundred fifty students in grades kindergarten to grade eight, inclusive, state standard space specifications shall not apply in the calculation of grants pursuant to this section and the Commissioner of Education may modify the standard space specifications for a project in such district.

      (c) In the computation of grants pursuant to this section for any school building project authorized by the General Assembly pursuant to section 10-283 after January 1, 1993, any maximum square footage per pupil limit established pursuant to this chapter or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to this chapter shall be increased by twenty-five per cent for a building constructed prior to 1950, except that a board of education may apply to the department by June 30, 2002, for use of such increased percentage for a building constructed prior to July 1, 1951.

      (d) In the computation of grants pursuant to this section for any school building project authorized by the General Assembly pursuant to section 10-283 after January 1, 2004, any maximum square footage per pupil limit established pursuant to this chapter or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to this chapter shall be increased by up to one per cent to accommodate a heating, ventilation or air conditioning system, if needed.

      (November, 1949, 1953, S. 983d; 1957, P.A. 593, S. 5; March, 1958, P.A. 7, S. 1; 1959, P.A. 321, S. 3; February, 1965, P.A. 361, S. 12; 1967, P.A. 588, S. 2; 1969, P.A. 751, S. 8; P.A. 74-344, S. 2, 3; P.A. 75-298, S. 1, 2; P.A. 76-418, S. 5, 18; P.A. 78-218, S. 193; 78-352, S. 2; P.A. 79-322, S. 1, 2; P.A. 84-3, S. 1, 3; 84-460, S. 9, 16; P.A. 85-358, S. 20, 21; 85-476, S. 5, 6; 85-599, S. 3, 6; P.A. 86-245, S. 1, 2; P.A. 87-305, S. 1, 3; 87-419, S. 2, 3; 87-499, S. 22, 34; P.A. 88-360, S. 31, 63; P.A. 89-355, S. 2, 20; P.A. 91-303, S. 20, 22; P.A. 93-190, S. 1, 2; P.A. 96-244, S. 28, 29, 63; 96-270, S. 6, 7, 11; P.A. 97-265, S. 78, 98; P.A. 00-220, S. 33, 43; P.A. 01-173, S. 27, 67; P.A. 03-76, S. 28; 03-220, S. 5, 8; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-6, S. 21.)

      History: 1959 act added subdivision (g); 1965 act increased dollar amounts in Subdiv. (a) from five to seven hundred dollars, in Subdiv. (b) from seven to eleven hundred dollars, in Subdiv. (c) from five to seven hundred dollars for elementary pupils and from seven to eleven hundred dollars for secondary pupils and increased percentage in Subdiv. (f) from fifteen to twenty-five per cent; 1967 act increased amounts in Subdiv. (a) to nine hundred dollars plus two hundred per pupil station provided by specialized facilities, in Subdiv. (b) to one thousand four hundred dollars, in Subdiv. (c) to nine hundred dollars for each elementary pupil plus two hundred for each elementary pupil station provided by specialized facilities and to one thousand four hundred dollars for each secondary pupil, in Subdiv. (d) from one-third to one-half the cost, replaced former Subdiv. (e) re extensions (now included in Subdiv. (d) with allowance for seventy per cent of cost of building project in secondary school regional district, re placed former Subdiv. (f) re twenty-five per cent increase in all grants to regional districts with allowance for eighty per cent of cost in building project for regional school district with grades K-12, added exception in Subdiv. (g), and added Subdiv. (h) re occupational training centers; 1969 act included in Subdiv. (d) projects involving site improvements or purchase of existing building and added Subdiv. (i) re administrative and service facilities; P.A. 74-344 made Subdiv. (a) applicable to any new school plant and rewrote provisions, deleted Subdivs. (b) to (d), relettering remaining subdivisions accordingly and added new Subdiv. (h) re leases involving former private schools; P.A. 75-298 substituted "fifty per cent" for "one-half" and "gross" for "average" in Subdiv. (a) and changed applicable dates and changed computation method in Subdivs. (c) and (d); P.A. 76-418 added provisions re athletic facilities, tennis courts, natatoria, etc. in Subdiv. (e) and provisions re deduction of appraised value of damaged and destroyed facilities and re applicability of limitations on construction of athletic facilities, etc.; P.A. 78-218 deleted Subsec. (f) re occupational training centers; P.A. 78-352 changed percentages in Subdivs. (a) and (b) to "not less than forty nor more eighty per cent", in Subdivs. (c) and (d) to "the percentage as determined in Subsec. (b) of Sec. 10-285a, plus an additional five per cent, but in no case in excess of eighty-five per cent" except with regard to athletic facilities, etc. which all became eligible for grants of "one-half of the eligible percentage for subsections [sic.] (a) to (d), inclusive"; P.A. 79-322 included in Subdiv. (a) extensions or major alterations of existing buildings and allowed deduction of federal funds received from project cost estimates; P.A. 84-3 clarified that the number of pupils to be counted when computing the grant was to be the number of pupils representing the highest projected enrollment during the five-year period from the date a school board files a notification of a proposed school building project rather than the number of pupils the plant was designed to accommodate, but provided that the reimbursement for any project on which construction or payments had been started or final grant calculation had been made after June 30, 1975, but prior to July 31, 1983, was to be based on data representing the number of pupils the plant was designed to accommodate; P.A. 84-460 divided section into Subsecs. replacing existing alphabetic Subdiv. indicators with numeric indicators; changed the time period for calculating the highest projected enrollment from five to eight years, in new Subdiv. (5) of Subsec. (a) added provision re regional special education facility, in new Subdiv. (6), added provision re eligible percentage, added new Subdiv. (7) re grant calculation for total or partial replacement of a roof, added new Subdiv. (8) re grant calculation for projects to correct code violations, added new Subdiv. (10) re grant calculation for a regional educational service center; in Subsec. (b), inserted Subdiv. indicators and added provision in Subdiv. (1) re nonpayment of grant for failure to insure facilities and capital equipment; P.A. 85-358 added Subdiv. (4) to Subsec. (b) re school construction projects authorized during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1985, and thereafter; P.A. 85-476, in conjunction with P.A. 85-599, deleted Subdiv. (10) in Subsec. (a) re calculation of percentage for regional educational service centers; P.A. 85-599 also amended Subdiv. (6) in Subsec. (a) to add provision re regional educational service center administrative or service facilities, specified applicability of Subdiv. (8) to FY 1983-1984 and thereafter and deleted provision in Subdiv. (9) which limited its applicability to projects involving lease of existing building which had been used as a private school; P.A. 86-245 added in Subdiv. (1) of Subsec. (a) Subpara. designations and the reimbursement formula for projects for which estimated grant payments were begun prior to July 31, 1983; P.A. 87-305 in Subdiv. (7) of Subsec. (a) reduced, from twenty-five to twenty years, the age of a roof for which a grant is available without a finding of improper design or construction, provided for the total replacement of a portion of such a roof and for a grant for a roof which has existed for fewer than twenty years when the town recovers less than the eligible cost and made technical changes; P.A. 87-419 replaced provisions re lease of existing buildings by towns or regional school districts based on appraised value in Subdiv. (9) of Subsec. (a) with provisions re lease of facilities by regional educational service centers; P.A. 87-499 amended Subdiv. (6) of Subsec. (a) to substitute "commissioner" for "state board" and "eligible project cost" for "net eligible project cost"; P.A. 88-360 in Subsec. (a) substituted "commissioner" for "state board" of education and in Subdiv. (5) provided an alternate calculation for projects solely for the purchase of equipment for a regional vocational agriculture center; P.A. 89-355 in Subsec. (a) substituted the "eligible percentage" for "not less than forty nor more than eighty per cent" and made technical changes; P.A. 91-303 in Subsec. (a) (9) changed requirements for applications filed on and after July 1, 1991, added provisions concerning the local fire marshal, eligible costs, payment schedule and underpayments and overpayments and removed requirement for inspection by the department of education; P.A. 93-190 added Subsec. (c) re computation of grants for projects authorized after January 1, 1993, for buildings constructed prior to 1950, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 96-244 amended Subsec. (a) to remove Subdivs. (3) and (4) containing provisions dealing with regional school districts which are covered by Sec. 10-285a, renumbering remaining Subdivs. as necessary, to make technical changes, and in Subdiv. (4) to apply to purchase of equipment and amended Subsec. (b)(2) to add "state funds" and to substitute "costs" for "cost estimates", effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 96-270 amended Subsec. (a) to add Subdiv. (10), codified as Subdiv. (9) due to other amendments to this section, re renovation projects for which an application is made on or after July 1, 1995, and amended Subsec. (a)(2) to add provision concerning exemption from space specifications and eligibility for reimbursement of otherwise ineligible repairs and replacements for projects for which an application is made on or after July 1, 1995, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 97-265 amended Subsec. (a) to delete Subdiv. (8) re leasing of facility by a regional educational service center and redesignate former Subdiv. (9) as Subdiv. (8), effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 00-220 amended Subsec. (a)(6) to make existing provision re improper design or improper construction Subpara. (A) and to add Subpara. (B) re treatment of certain roofs at least fifteen years old but less than twenty years old, effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 01-173 amended Subsec. (c) to add exception for applications to the department by June 30, 2002, for use of increased percentage for a building constructed prior to July 1, 1951, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-76 made technical changes in Subsec. (a)(1), effective June 3, 2003; P.A. 03-220 amended Subsec. (a) by adding Subdiv. (9) re remediation of certified school indoor air quality emergencies and added Subsec. (d) re square footage per pupil increase for accommodation of heating, ventilation or air conditioning system, effective July 1, 2003; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-6 amended Subsec. (b)(4) by adding exception to state standard space specifications for districts enrolling fewer than one hundred fifty students in grades kindergarten to eight, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 10-286f. Professional or consulting fees. No increase due to increased prices for construction materials. Any professional or consulting fee that is calculated as a proportion of total project costs for any school building project for which state assistance is provided in accordance with the provisions of this chapter shall not be increased as a result of increased prices for construction materials.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-6, S. 19.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-6 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 10-287d. Bond issue for school building project grants. For the purposes of funding (1) grants to projects that have received approval of the State Board of Education pursuant to sections 10-287 and 10-287a, subsection (a) of section 10-65 and section 10-76e, (2) grants to assist school building projects to remedy safety and health violations and damage from fire and catastrophe, and (3) regional vocational-technical school projects pursuant to section 10-283b, the State Treasurer is authorized and directed, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of section 3-20, to issue bonds of the state from time to time in one or more series in an aggregate amount not exceeding five billion four hundred one million eight hundred sixty thousand dollars, provided six hundred fifty million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2006. Bonds of each series shall bear such date or dates and mature at such time or times not exceeding thirty years from their respective dates and be subject to such redemption privileges, with or without premium, as may be fixed by the State Bond Commission. They shall be sold at not less than par and accrued interest and the full faith and credit of the state is pledged for the payment of the interest thereon and the principal thereof as the same shall become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due. The State Treasurer is authorized to invest temporarily in direct obligations of the United States, United States agency obligations, certificates of deposit, commercial paper or bank acceptances such portion of the proceeds of such bonds or of any notes issued in anticipation thereof as may be deemed available for such purpose.

      (1969, P.A. 751, S. 5; 1971, P.A. 25, S. 1; 695, S. 4; June, 1971, P.A. 4, S. 4; 1972, P.A. 225, S. 3; P.A. 73-286, S. 4, 5; P.A. 76-418, S. 17, 18; P.A. 79-591, S. 1, 2; P.A. 80-317, S. 2, 3; S.A. 80-41, S. 61, 68; P.A. 84-443, S. 9, 20; P.A. 87-405, S. 14, 26; P.A. 88-343, S. 8, 32; P.A. 89-1, S. 1, 2; 89-331, S. 11, 30; P.A. 90-297, S. 5, 24; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-4, S. 11, 25; May Sp. Sess. 92-7, S. 10, 36; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 93-1, S. 10, 45; P.A. 95-272, S. 8, 29; P.A. 97-265, S. 81, 98; P.A. 98-259, S. 7, 17; P.A. 99-4, S. 1, 3; 99-241, S. 7, 66; 99-281, S. 3, 6; P.A. 00-167, S. 60, 69; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-7, S. 4, 28; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5, S. 9; Sept. 8 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-2, S. 20; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-1, S. 6; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 5.)

      History: 1971 acts changed bond limit from one hundred sixty million to two hundred forty-one million seven hundred fifty-five thousand dollars, deleted reference to Sec. 10-287 and to repealed Sec. 10-287b and further increased limit to three hundred sixteen million seven hundred fifty-five thousand dollars in June session; 1972 act included references to Subdiv. (a) of Sec. 10-65 and to Sec. 10-76e and increased bond limit to three hundred ninety-three million eight hundred eighty thousand dollars; P.A. 73-286 increased limit to four hundred thirteen million eight hundred eighty thousand dollars; P.A. 76-418 included in provisions authorization for grants to remedy safety and health violations and damage from fire and catastrophe, required appropriation of amounts necessary to make punctual payments in contracts between state and bondholders and increased limit to five hundred four million dollars; P.A. 79-591 increased limit to five hundred nine million dollars; P.A. 80-317 specified authorization for grants for projects whose final plans and specifications were approved before January 1, 1980, pursuant to sections enumerated; S.A. 80-41 increased limit to five hundred fourteen million dollars; P.A. 84-443 decreased authorization limit to five hundred eleven million dollars; P.A. 87-405 decreased the bond authorization from five hundred eleven million dollars to five hundred ten million dollars; P.A. 88-343 removed the January 1, 1980 ending date and increased the bond authorization from five hundred ten million dollars to five hundred forty-eight million dollars; P.A. 89-1 authorized the state treasurer to issue bonds for the purposes of grants for projects approved pursuant to Sec. 10-287; P.A. 89-331 increased the bond authorization from five hundred forty-eight million dollars to five hundred eighty-six million dollars; P.A. 90-297 increased the bond authorization from five hundred eighty-six million dollars to six hundred fifty-nine million dollars; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-4 increased the bond authorization from six hundred fifty-nine million dollars to eight hundred seven million dollars; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-7 increased the bond authorization from eight hundred seven million dollars to nine hundred nineteen million dollars; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 93-1 increased bond authorization from nine hundred nineteen million dollars to one billion one hundred eighty-six million one hundred thousand dollars, effective July 1, 1993, provided one hundred thirty-eight million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 95-272 increased authorization amount from one billion one hundred eighty-six million one hundred thousand dollars to one billion four hundred forty-six million one hundred thousand dollars, effective July 1, 1995, provided thirty million dollars shall be effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 97-265 increased the cap for bonding and the amount of authorization that shall be effective July 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 98-259, effective July 1, 1998, increased authorization from $1,699,560,000 to $1,749,560,000 provided $184,810,000 of said authorization is effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 99-4 increased authorization from $1,749,560,000 to $1,801,560,000, effective April 9, 1999; P.A. 99-241 increased authorization from 1,801,560,000 to $2,511,360,000, effective July 1, 1999, provided $339,000,000 is effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 99-281 designated existing provisions as Subdivs. (1) and (2) and added Subdiv. (3) re regional vocational-technical school projects, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-167 increased the aggregate bond authorization from $2,511,360,000 to $2,565,360,000, effective July 1, 2000, of which $393,000,000 is effective July 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-7 increased authorization from $2,565,360,000 to $3,158,360,000 provided $450,000,000 is effective July 1, 2002, effective July 1, 2001; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5 decreased the aggregate bond authorization from $3,158,360,000 to $3,108,360,000, effective July 1, 2002, of which $20,000,000 is effective July 1, 2003; Sept. 8 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-2 increased the aggregate bond authorization from $3,108,360,000 to $3,546,360,000, effective September 10, 2003, of which $458,000,000 is effective July 1, 2003; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-1 increased the aggregate authorization to $4,171,860,000 and provided that $625,500,000 of said authorization is effective July 1, 2004, effective July 1, 2004; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 increased the aggregate authorization from $4,171,860,000 to $5,401,860,000, of which $650,000,000 is effective July 1, 2006, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 10-292k. Bond issue for interest subsidy grants. For purposes of funding interest subsidy grants, except for interest subsidy grants made pursuant to subsection (b) of section 10-292m, the State Treasurer is authorized and directed, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of section 3-20, to issue bonds of the state from time to time in one or more series in an aggregate amount not exceeding two hundred eighty-one million one hundred thousand dollars, provided twenty-five million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2006. Bonds of each series shall bear such date or dates and mature at such time or times not exceeding thirty years from their respective dates and be subject to such redemption privileges, with or without premium, as may be fixed by the State Bond Commission. They shall be sold at not less than par and accrued interest and the full faith and credit of the state is pledged for the payment of the interest thereon and the principal thereof as the same shall become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due. The State Treasurer is authorized to invest temporarily in direct obligations of the United States, United States agency obligations, certificates of deposit, commercial paper or bank acceptances, such portion of the proceeds of such bonds or of any notes issued in anticipation thereof as may be deemed available for such purpose.

      (P.A. 97-265, S. 93, 98; P.A. 99-4, S. 2, 3; 99-241, S. 8, 66; P.A. 00-167, S. 61, 69; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-7, S. 17, 28; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5, S. 10; Sept. 8 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-2, S. 21; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-1, S. 7; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 6.)

      History: P.A. 97-265 effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 99-4 increased authorization from $113,100,000 to $121,100,000, effective April 9, 1999; P.A. 99-241 increased authorization from $121,100,000 to $188,100,000, effective July 1, 1999, provided $61,000,000 is effective July 1, 2000; P.A. 00-167 decreased the aggregate bond authorization from $188,100,000 to $144,100,000, effective July 1, 2000, of which $17,000,000 is effective July 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-7 decreased the authorization from $144,100,000 to $121,100,000, effective July 1, 2001; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5 increased the aggregate bond authorization from $121,100,000 to $171,100,000, effective July 1, 2002, of which $50,000,000 is effective July 1, 2002; Sept. 8 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-2 increased the aggregate bond authorization from $171,100,000 to $198,100,000, effective September 10, 2003, of which $27,000,000 is effective July 1, 2003; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 04-1 increased the aggregate authorization to $231,100,000 and provided that $33,000,000 of said authorization is effective July 1, 2004, effective July 1, 2004; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 increased the aggregate authorization from $231,100,000 to $281,100,000, of which $25,000,000 is effective July 1, 2006, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 10-292o. Leasing of facilities by regional educational service centers; grants. (a) For purposes of this section, "regional educational service center leases" means the lease of a facility by a regional educational service center for use in furnishing educational programs and services.

      (b) Each regional educational service center may apply for and accept grants for regional educational service center leases as provided in this section. Any regional educational service center desiring a grant for a regional educational service center lease may vote to authorize the regional educational service center to apply to the Commissioner of Education for and to accept or reject such grant. Applications for a regional educational service center lease grant shall be made on the form provided and in the manner prescribed by the Commissioner of Education.

      (c) The Commissioner of Education shall receive, review, approve and disapprove applications for regional educational service center lease grants under this section.

      (d) The amount of the regional educational service center lease grant approved by the Commissioner of Education under the provisions of this section shall be the eligible percentage, as determined in subsection (c) of section 10-285a, times the eligible lease costs as determined by the Commissioner of Education. Grants pursuant to this section shall be paid on a current year basis if the regional educational service center files an application to lease a facility with the Department of Education on or before August first of each year. No such facility or portion thereof shall be eligible for a grant under this section unless the local fire marshal has declared the facility suitable for occupancy as a facility for use in furnishing educational programs and services. Eligible costs pursuant to this section shall be limited to the lease cost of the building, net of any other costs. Grant payments shall be made as follows: Twenty-five per cent of the estimated cost in October, twenty-five per cent of the estimated cost in January, and the balance of the estimated cost in April. The actual cost will be reported on or before September first following the year of application on the end of school year report filed by each regional educational service center. If the Commissioner of Education determines that there has been an underpayment or overpayment in a grant made pursuant to this section, the commissioner shall calculate the amount of the underpayment or overpayment and shall adjust the amount of the grant payment for the fiscal year next following the fiscal year in which such underpayment or overpayment was made. The amount of the adjustment shall be equal to the amount of the underpayment or overpayment. If the amount of the overpayment exceeds the grant payment for the fiscal year next following the fiscal year in which such overpayment was made, the regional educational service center shall, upon the request of the commissioner, pay the department the difference. Any lease pursuant to this section shall be for a period not to exceed twenty years. In no event shall the reimbursement pursuant to this section be based upon a cost per square foot which exceeds the cost determined to be reasonable by the Commissioner of Education. In the case of any grants computed under this section, any federal funds or other state funds received for such costs covered by the grant shall be deducted from cost estimates prior to computation of the grant. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, to June 30, 2007, the amount of the grants payable to regional educational service centers in accordance with this section shall be reduced proportionately if the total of such grants in such year exceeds the amount appropriated for the purposes of this section for such year.

      (P.A. 97-265, S. 97, 98; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 11; P.A. 04-26, S. 9; P.A. 05-245, S. 43.)

      History: P.A. 97-265 effective July 1, 1997; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 amended Subsec. (d) by adding provision re proportional reduction of grants for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2004, and June 30, 2005, effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-26 made technical changes in Subsec. (d), effective April 28, 2004; P.A. 05-245 amended Subsec. (d) by extending the proportional reduction of grants through the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, effective July 1, 2005.

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