2002 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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School Construction Funding

Item 147 #58s

Item 147 #58s

First Year - FY2003 Second Year - FY2004
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2003 $27,500,000 FY2004 $27,500,000 GF

Page 105, line 2, strike "$2,706,307,904" and insert "$2,733,807,904".
Page 105, line 2, strike "$2,720,585,511" and insert "$2,748,085,511".
Page 105, after line 20, insert:
"School Construction Grant Program (
17527)     $27,500,000        $27,500,000".
Page 130, after line 18, insert:
"20.  School Construction Grants Program  
a. This appropriation includes $27,500,000 the first year and $27,500,000 the second year from the general fund to provide grants to school divisions for nonrecurring expenditures by the relevant school division.  Nonrecurring costs shall include school construction, additions, infrastructure, site acquisition, renovations, technology, and other expenditures related to modernizing classroom equipment, payments to escrow accounts pursuant to Chapter 391 Acts of Assembly of 1999, school safety equipment or school safety renovations, and debt service payments on school projects completed during the last ten years.  
b. School divisions are encouraged to utilize value engineering in school construction projects funded with these grant proceeds.  
c. Any funds provided to school divisions the first year for school construction that are unexpended as of June 30, 2003, shall be carried on the books of the locality to be appropriated to the school division the second year for use for the same purpose.
d.  Pursuant to Section 15.2-1302, Code of Virginia, and in the event that two or more school divisions became one school division, whether by consolidation of only the school divisions or by consolidation of the local governments, such resulting division shall be paid School Construction Grant payments on the basis of having the same number of school divisions as they had prior to September 30, 2000."

(This amendment restores half of the general fund support school construction grants eliminated in the introduced budget.)