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School Housing Aid for Exceptional Children   

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Notwithstanding any provision of this article to the contrary, apportionments for the construction of facilities and the purchase of essential furniture and equipment for the education of exceptional children may, subject to the approval of the State Department of Education, be made to a school district not otherwise eligible to receive apportionments under Article 1 (commencing with Section 16000) and Article 2 (commencing with Section 16150) of this chapter, for the education of blind, partially seeing, aphasic, deaf, hard-of-hearing, orthopedically impaired or other health-impaired, multihandicapped, and educationally handicapped minors, minors with intellectual disabilities, pupils having speech defects or disorders, or pupils enrolled in development centers for the handicapped.

The State Department of Education may approve applications if the facilities will be used by a county superintendent of schools required to educate physically handicapped minors pursuant to former Section 1850, as enacted by Section 2 of Chapter 1010 of the Statutes of 1976, and minors with intellectual disabilities pursuant to former Section 1880, as enacted by Section 2 of Chapter 1010 of the Statutes of 1976. A school district may educate these minors by agreement with a county superintendent of schools required to educate these minors. Priority in the use of the facilities shall be given to pupils from districts other than the applicant district.

Except as otherwise provided in this section, not more than 50 percent of the amount of an apportionment made pursuant to this section shall be repaid. Repayments shall be made in the following manner: 50 percent of the amount of the apportionment shall be repaid in full with interest by the district, in the annual amounts and at the interest rate over the period as the State Allocation Board may determine, not to exceed 20 years from the date the apportionment became final. In a school year in which 50 percent or more of the pupils in average daily attendance, as determined by the county superintendent of schools, and served by the facilities are not pupils from districts other than the applicant district, the repayment for the succeeding fiscal year shall be an amount that would have been payable if the district had been required to repay 100 percent of the apportionment over that period.

The county board of supervisors of the county whose superintendent of schools conducts classes in the facility during any fiscal year shall at that time or times within the fiscal year that may be agreed upon between the county and the school district, but in any case not later than the end of the fiscal year, pay to the school district having the obligation to repay the apportionment made under this section for the construction of the facility, an amount equal to 80 percent of the amount the district is required to repay in the fiscal year with respect to the apportionment described above.

The county board of supervisors shall raise the amount required through a general tax levy on the property within the participating districts, or through a tuition charge not to exceed one hundred sixty dollars ($160) a year per pupil by the county superintendent of schools to the school districts of residence of pupils attending the facility other than the district having the obligation to repay, or through a combination of these.

The county superintendent of schools shall notify the county board of supervisors of his or her intention to approve a school district' s application for an allocation under this article before he or she approves the application.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 457, Sec. 8.)