2022 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Floor Request)

Floor Action: Withdrawn

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Direct Aid - School Construction Fund and Program

Item 137 #2h

Item 137 #2h

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2023 ($208,318,160) FY2024 $0 GF
FY2023 $250,000,000 FY2024 $0 NGF

Page 140, line 5, strike "$9,353,567,746" and insert "$9,395,249,586".

Page 142, strike line 29.

Page 156, strike lines 39 through 52.

Page 157, strike lines 1 through 37, and insert:

"11. School Construction Loan Rebate Program.

a. Out of this appropriation, $291,700,000 the first year from the general fund and $250,000,000 the first year from the Literary Fund shall be transferred into the School Construction Fund for the purpose of awarding grants on a competitive basis from the Fund to local school boards that demonstrate poor building conditions and need in order for such local school boards to fund the construction, expansion, or modernization of public school buildings.

b. The Board of Education shall be authorized to award grants to school divisions for construction, expansion, or modernization of public school buildings.  Such grants shall be awarded pursuant to establish rules and procedures established by the Board relating to applications and awards of these grants, which shall provide at a minimum:

a. Scoring criteria that gives appropriate weight to the following categories for the award of grants:

i. Need, which may consider: (i) the percentage of students in the local school division are eligible to receive free or reduced price meals; (ii) the percentage of residents of the locality in which the local school division is located have incomes at or below the federal poverty guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; (iii) the  local composite index of local ability-to-pay for the local school division; (iv) debt capacity of the locality in which the school division is located and (v) the fiscal stress score of the locality that includes the local school division as designated by the Virginia Commission on Local Government in its most recent "Report on Comparative Revenue Capacity, Revenue Effort, and Fiscal Stress of Virginia's Counties and Cities."

ii. Poor school building conditions which may consider (i) the condition of the facilities proposed to be replaced or upgraded using these funds, including the current level of compliance of the existing facility with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.) and the facilities potential threat to the health or safety of building occupants; (ii) the school division maintenance reserve tool established pursuant to the passage of House Bill 563; and (iii) the overall condition of other facilities within the school division.

b. That grants shall be provided only for projects designed to conform to the Department of Education's “Guidelines for School Facilities in Virginia's Public Schools,” as amended.

2. The Board of Education shall submit an executive summary of the program including details on projects funded each year no later than December 1 to the Chairs of the House Education Committee, Senate Education and Health Committee, House Appropriations Committee, and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee."

Page 178, strike lines 12-26."


(This amendment provides $291.7 million the first year from the general fund and $250.0 million the first year from the Literary Fund to establish the School Construction Loan Rebate Program, to provide competitive grants for school construction and modernization. Grant selection is based on demonstrated poor building conditions and need as established by the Board of Education.)