Property Maintenance and Control; Governing Board duties
(a) (1) For the 2005-06 fiscal year, all moneys in the School Facilities Emergency Repair Account are available for reimbursement to schools ranked in deciles 1 to 3, inclusive, on the Academic Performance Index, pursuant to Section 52056, based on the 2003 base Academic Performance Index score for each school, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 17592.70, to meet the repair costs of the school district projects that meet the criteria specified in subdivisions (c) and (d) and as approved by the State Allocation Board.
(2) Commencing with the 2006-07 fiscal year, all moneys in the School Facilities Emergency Repair Account are available for the purpose of providing emergency repair grants to schools ranked in deciles 1 to 3, inclusive, on the Academic Performance Index, pursuant to Section 52056, based on the 2003 base Academic Performance Index score for each school, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 17592.70, to cover the costs of school district repair projects that meet the criteria specified in subdivisions (c) and (d). The State Allocation Board shall establish a grant application process, grant parameters, substantial progress requirements, and a process for providing certification of the completion of projects. The State Allocation Board shall post the grant application form on its Internet Web site.
(3) For subsequent fiscal years, schools shall be eligible for funding based on the Academic Performance Index scores as specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (c) of Section 1240.
(b) (1) It is the intent of the Legislature that each school district exercise due diligence in the administration of deferred maintenance and regular maintenance in order to avoid the occurrence of emergency repairs.
(2) Funds made available pursuant to this article shall supplement, not supplant, existing funds available for maintenance of school facilities.
(3) The board is authorized to deny future funding pursuant to this article to a school district if the board determines that there is a pattern of failure to exercise due diligence pursuant to paragraph (1) or supplantation. If the board finds a pattern of failure to exercise due diligence, the board shall notify the county superintendent of schools in which the school district is located.
(c) (1) For purposes of this article, "emergency facilities needs" means structures or systems that are in a condition that poses a threat to the health and safety of pupils or staff while at school. These projects may include, but are not limited to, the following types of facility repairs or replacements:
(A) Gas leaks.
(B) Nonfunctioning heating, ventilation, fire sprinklers, or air-conditioning systems.
(C) Electrical power failure.
(D) Major sewer line stoppage.
(E) Major pest or vermin infestation.
(F) Broken windows or exterior doors or gates that will not lock and that pose a security risk.
(G) Abatement of hazardous materials previously undiscovered that pose an immediate threat to pupil or staff.
(H) Structural damage creating a hazardous or uninhabitable condition.
(2) For purposes of this section, "emergency facilities needs" does not include any cosmetic or nonessential repairs.
(d) For the purpose of this section, structures or components shall only be replaced if it is more cost-effective than repair.
(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 704, Sec. 6.)
Education Code 1240
Education Code 17592.70
Education Code 52056