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Senate Bill No. 2002

June Special Session, Public Act No. 05-6

AN ACT CONCERNING AUTHORIZATION OF STATE GRANT COMMITMENTS FOR SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective from passage) The Commissioner of Education having reviewed applications for state grants for public school building projects in accordance with section 10-283 of the general statutes, as amended, on the basis of priorities for such projects and standards for school construction established by the State Board of Education, and having prepared a listing of all such eligible projects ranked in order of priority, including a separate schedule of previously authorized projects which have changed substantially in scope or cost, as determined by said commissioner together with the amount of estimated grant with respect to each eligible project, and having submitted such listing of eligible projects, prior to December 15, 2004, to a committee of the General Assembly established under section 10-283a of the general statutes for the purpose of reviewing such listing, is hereby authorized to enter into grant commitments on behalf of the state in accordance with said section 10-283 with respect to the priority listing of such projects and in such estimated amounts as approved by said committee prior to February 1, 2005, as follows:

(1) Estimated Grant Commitments

 

School District

Estimated Total

Estimated

 

School

Project Costs

Grant

 

Project Number

   
       
 

HARTFORD

   
 

Simpson-Waverly Classical Magnet

   
 

0289 MAG/A

$ 22,523,095

$ 21,396,940

       
 

HARTFORD

   
 

Capital College Prep Magnet

   
 

0290 MAG/N

41,070,000

39,016,500

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

Metropolitan Business Magnet

   
 

0350 MAG/N

34,204,450

32,494,228

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Environmental Studies Magnet

   
 

0259 MAG/N

58,000,000

55,100,000

       
 

ANDOVER

   
 

Andover Elementary School

   
 

0014 EA

1,300,000

756,730

       
 

BETHEL

   
 

Bethel High School

   
 

0057 EA

25,315,262

10,488,113

       
 

DANBURY

   
 

Rogers Park Middle School

   
 

0131 EA

7,520,000

3,920,928

       
 

EAST HADDAM

   
 

New East Haddam 4-8 School

   
 

0038 N/PS

24,830,000

12,149,319

       
 

MILFORD

   
 

Alternative Education

   
 

0167 PF/EA

3,300,000

1,449,690

       
 

NEW FAIRFIELD

   
 

New Fairfield Middle/High School

   
 

0041 A/CV

378,000

132,300

       
 

OLD SAYBROOK

   
 

Old Saybrook Middle School

   
 

0035 EA

4,000,000

1,185,600

       
 

OLD SAYBROOK

   
 

Old Saybrook Senior High School

   
 

0036 EA/RR

12,300,000

3,645,720

       
 

WATERBURY

   
 

New Elementary School #1

   
 

0252 N/PS

31,900,000

24,722,500

       
 

WATERBURY

   
 

New Elementary School #2

   
 

0253 N/PS

31,900,000

24,722,500

       
 

WATERBURY

   
 

New Elementary School #3

   
 

0254 N/PS

31,900,000

24,722,500

       
 

CT TECH. HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM

   
 

Bullard-Havens THS

   
 

0015 VT/EA

27,331,000

27,331,000

       
 

CT TECH. HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM

   
 

Windham THS

   
 

0016 VT/EA

42,051,000

42,051,000

       
 

CT TECH. HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM

   
 

Vinal THS

   
 

0017 EA/RR

51,076,000

51,076,000

       
 

CT TECH. HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM

   
 

Oliver Wolcott THS

   
 

0018 EA/RR

44,117,000

44,117,000

       
 

DANBURY

   
 

Broadview Middle School

   
 

0132 EA

7,900,000

4,119,060

       
 

DANBURY

   
 

Danbury High School

   
 

0134 A

600,000

312,840

       
 

FAIRFIELD

   
 

Tomlinson Middle School

S

   
 

0112 EA

28,876,000

7,836,946

       
 

GROTON

   
 

Fitch Senior High School

   
 

0178 EA

45,000,000

27,000,000

       
 

GROTON

   
 

New Elementary School

   
 

0179 N

20,800,000

12,480,000

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Robertson School

   
 

0197 E

140,000

89,502

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

Clemente PK-8 School

   
 

0351 A/RR

37,840,000

30,272,000

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

New Bishop Woods School

   
 

0352 N

28,179,886

22,543,909

       
 

NORWALK

   
 

Roton Middle School

   
 

0232 EA

5,800,000

2,112,940

       
 

NORWALK

   
 

Norwalk High School

   
 

0233 EA

32,500,000

11,839,750

       
 

NORWALK

   
 

Columbus Elementary School

   
 

0234 A/EC

3,750,000

1,366,125

       
 

NORWALK

   
 

Tracey School

   
 

0235 A/EC

4,300,000

1,566,490

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Stillmeadow School

   
 

0256 A/TCH

168,983

50,695

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Springdale School

   
 

0257 A/TCH

170,207

51,062

       
 

STAMFORD

   
 

Northeast School

   
 

0258 A/TCH

99,540

29,862

       
 

STERLING

   
 

New Sterling PK-8 School

   
 

0013 N

27,500,000

20,724,000

       
 

TRUMBULL

   
 

Regional Agriscience/Tech Center

   
 

0098 VE

114,058

108,355

       
 

WALLINGFORD

   
 

Lyman Hall H. S. - Vocational Agri.

   
 

0147 VA/N

27,808,000

26,417,600

       
 

WATERBURY

   
 

Crosby High School

   
 

0255 EA

5,800,000

4,495,000

       
 

WATERFORD

   
 

Clark Lane Middle School

   
 

0098 A/RR

22,201,534

5,867,865

       
 

WEST HARTFORD

   
 

Duffy School

   
 

0206 EA

1,000,000

389,300

       
 

WOLCOTT

   
 

Wolcott High School

   
 

0073 A

120,000

74,568

       
 

REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 1

   
 

Housatonic Valley Reg. H. S.

   
 

0038 EA/RR

1,452,698

643,400

       
 

REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 14

   
 

Nonnewaug High School

   
 

0085 VE

169,000

160,550

       
 

REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 19

   
 

E. O. Smith Depot Road Satellite

   
 

0017 EA/RR

1,998,000

1,691,107

       
 

DERBY

   
 

Derby High School

   
 

0051 A/EC

2,230,750

1,053,208

       
 

ENFIELD

   
 

Harriet Beecher Stowe School

   
 

0134 EC/CV

381,332

260,107

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Bowers School

   
 

0200 A/EC

682,000

436,003

       
 

MANCHESTER

   
 

Waddell School

   
 

0201 A/EC

1,189,000

760,128

       
 

REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 1

   
 

Central Administration

   
 

0039 BE/E

200,000

44,290

(2) Previously Authorized Projects Which Have Changed Substantially in Scope or Cost.

 

School District

Authorized

Requested

 

School

   
 

Project Number

   
       
 

BRIDGEPORT

   
 

Barnum Elementary

   
 

015-0131 N

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

$ 44,147,458

$ 58,315,334

 

Total Grant

35,317,966

46,652,267

       
 

BRISTOL

   
 

Ivy Drive School

   
 

017-0074 EA

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

8,500,000

14,500,000

 

Total Grant

5,889,650

10,047,050

       
 

BRISTOL

   
 

Mountain View School

 
 

017-0075 EA

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

8,500,000

13,000,000

 

Total Grant

5,889,650

9,007,700

       
 

DANBURY

   
 

Academy for International Studies

   
 

034-0124 MAG/N

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

17,500,000

21,355,000

 

Total Grant

17,500,000

21,355,000

       
 

HAMDEN

   
 

Hamden Middle School

   
 

062-0084 N

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

43,493,865

54,421,850

 

Total Grant

27,805,628

34,791,889

       
 

HARTFORD

   
 

Hartford Public High School

   
 

064-0246 RNV/E

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

82,000,000

105,000,000

 

Total Grant

63,254,800

80,997,000

       
 

HARTFORD

   
 

Breakthrough Academy Magnet

   
 

064-0271 MAG/N

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

26,000,000

29,500,000

 

Total Grant

26,000,000

29,500,000

       
 

HARTFORD

   
 

Greater Hartford Classical Magnet

   
 

064-0285 MAG/PF

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

32,000,000

36,434,294

 

Total Grant

32,000,000

36,434,294

       
 

NEW CANAAN

   
 

New Canaan High School

   
 

090-0044 RNV/E

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

54,475,454

61,170,560

 

Total Grant

10,895,091

12,234,112

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

Arts Magnet Middle School

   
 

093-0307 MAG/N

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

28,700,000

29,200,000

 

Total Grant

28,700,000

29,200,000

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

New Jackie Robinson Magnet School

   
 

093-0329 MAG/N

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

34,000,000

35,000,000

 

Total Grant

26,836,200

33,250,000

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

Betsy Ross School

   
 

093-0332 EA/RR

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

33,500,000

38,300,000

 

Total Grant

26,441,550

30,230,190

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

Barnard Magnet School

   
 

093-0339 MAG/E

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

34,000,000

34,000,000

 

Total Grant

27,077,600

32,300,000

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

Cooperative Arts & Humanities

   
 

Magnet High School

   
 

093-0341 MAG/N

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

52,000,000

58,000,000

 

Total Grant

52,000,000

58,000,000

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

Christopher Columbus School

   
 

093-0348 EA/RR

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

15,269,961

28,179,886

 

Total Grant

12,160,997

22,442,461

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

Troup Middle School

   
 

093-0343 A

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

36,570,369

36,570,369

 

Total Grant

28,568,772

28,568,772

       
 

NEW HAVEN

   
 

Clinton Avenue School

   
 

093-0344 EA/RR

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

30,744,372

35,000,000

 

Total Grant

24,484,818

27,874,000

       
 

NORWALK

   
 

Kendall Elementary

   
 

103-0229 EA

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

6,769,000

7,900,000

 

Total Grant

2,321,091

2,708,910

       
 

SEYMOUR

   
 

Seymour High School

   
 

124-0052 EA

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

17,167,415

21,900,000

 

Total Grant

10,484,140

13,374,330

       
 

TRUMBULL

   
 

Middlebrook Elementary

   
 

144-0097 EA

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

5,412,709

7,331,482

 

Total Grant

1,701,214

2,304,285

       
 

WATERFORD

   
 

Clark Lane Middle School

   
 

152-0081 EA/RR

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

9,688,100

10,706,900

 

Total Grant

2,283,485

2,523,616

       
 

WATERFORD

   
 

Waterford High School

   
 

152-0083 A/RR

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

13,056,500

14,361,500

 

Total Grant

3,076,111

3,385,006

       
 

WESTPORT

   
 

Greensfarms Elementary

   
 

158-0087 RNV/E

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

13,791,900

16,364,732

 

Total Grant

2,905,953

3,448,049

       
 

EAST HARTFORD

   
 

East Hartford Glastonbury

   
 

Elementary Magnet School

   
 

043-0228 MAG/N

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

24,039,994

24,932,539

 

Total Grant

24,039,994

24,932,539

       
 

REG. DIST. #5

   
 

Amity Reg. Jr. High-Bethany

   
 

205-0042 EA/RR

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

15,880,352

20,623,333

 

Total Grant

5,558,123

7,218,167

       
 

REG. DIST. #5

   
 

Amity Reg. Jr. High-Orange

   
 

205-0043 EA/RR

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

15,589,965

20,322,584

 

Total Grant

5,456,488

7,112,904

       
 

MONTVILLE

   
 

Mohegan School

   
 

086-0084 EA/RR

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

5,749,872

6,782,481

 

Total Grant

3,758,116

4,433,030

       
 

HARTFORD

   
 

Pathways to Technology Magnet School

   
 

064-0286 MAG/N

   
       
 

Estimated…

   
 

Total Project Costs

29,681,896

36,940,500

 

Total Grant

29,681,896

36,940,500

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of West Hartford may let out for bid on and commence a project for relocatable classrooms (Project Number 155-0199) at King Philip Middle School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Simsbury may let out for bid on and commence a project for relocatable classrooms (Project Number 128-0100) at Central School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 4. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the city of Waterbury may let out for bid on and commence the projects for roof replacement (Project Number 151-0237 RR) at Wilson Elementary School, code updates (Project Number 151-0197 CV) at Kennedy High School, renovations (Project Number 151-0243 RNV Barnard Elementary School phase) and (Project Number 151-0243 RNV Tinker Elementary School phase), asbestos abatement in the gymnasium (Project Number 151-0251 CV) at Barnard Elementary School and asbestos abatement in the tunnel (Project Number 151-0247 CV) at Barnard Elementary School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for grant commitments from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 5. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 10-283 and 10-284 of the general statutes or any regulations adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that local legislative authorizations be obtained within one year after the authorization by the General Assembly of a grant commitment or requiring that the town begin constructing within two years after the effective date of the act of the General Assembly authorizing the Commissioner of Education to enter into grant commitments for such projects, the town of Newington shall have until June 30, 2006, to authorize and until June 30, 2007, to begin construction on the projects at Newington High School, John Wallace Middle School and Martin Kellogg Middle School (Project Numbers 094-0085 Comprehensive A/C, 094-0087 Industrial Technology, 094-0088 Auditorium A/C, 094-0090 A/C Auditorium & Cafe, 094-0091 Industrial Technology and 094-0092 Field House Renovations) and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for grant commitments from the state.

Sec. 6. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 10-286 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education concerning projected enrollment for a school building project, the town of Oxford may increase the projected enrollment to seven hundred fifty students for the new construction project (Project Number 108-0028) at the new Oxford High School.

Sec. 7. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 7-131n of the general statutes, the town of New London may convey park property to LEARN for the Marine Sciences Magnet High School (Project Number 245-0087 MAG/N) for use as a magnet school site.

Sec. 8. (Effective from passage) LEARN shall begin construction on the Marine Sciences Magnet High School (Project Number 245-0087 MAG/N) on or before June 30, 2006, and may be eligible to receive state school construction funding.

Sec. 9. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Old Saybrook may let out for bid on and commence a project for alteration (Project Number 106-0038 A) at Old Saybrook Middle School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 10. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-286 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education setting square footage specifications for purposes of calculating eligible costs for a school building project grant, such square footage specifications shall not apply to the extension and alteration project (Project Number 159-0094 EA) at the Webb School in Wethersfield.

Sec. 11. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted under said chapter, the town of West Hartford is authorized to renovate and improve the athletic fields of Conard High School in an amount not to exceed one million dollars and shall be subsequently eligible for school construction grant assistance provided a completed grant application is submitted to the Department of Education prior to June 30, 2006. The full cost of renovation and improvement shall be deemed eligible costs for the purpose of grant calculation. The grant for construction assistance shall be fifty per cent of the total costs of the project.

Sec. 12. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education concerning eligible costs, Regional District #11 may apply for and subsequently be eligible to receive a school construction grant for costs of emergency repairs and maintenance at Parish Hill High School, as required to maintain New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation. Such costs shall not exceed one million dollars. The state standard space specifications, the provisions of subparagraph (A) of subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 10-283 of the general statutes concerning redirection, the provisions of subsection (b) of section 10-287 of the general statutes concerning bidding, and the provisions of section 10-292 concerning plan review shall not apply to this project.

Sec. 13. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring a completed grant application be submitted prior to June 30, 2004, or subsection (d) of section 10-283 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring local funding authorization for the local share of project costs prior to application, an extension and alteration project for Regional School District #11 at Parish Hill High School with costs approximately forty million dollars shall be included in subsection (1) of section 1 of this act, provided a complete grant application is submitted prior to June 30, 2006. Such project shall also be eligible for the reimbursement bonus pursuant to subsection (d) of section 10-285a of the general statutes, provided a cooperative arrangement is established as required in said subsection (d) prior to the completion of the project.

Sec. 14. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of West Hartford may let out for bid on and commence a project for a new middle school (Project Number 155-0201 PF/EA) at Bristow Middle School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 15. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of West Hartford may let out for bid on and commence a project for portable classrooms (Project Number 155-0203 RE) at Whiting Lane Elementary School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 16. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of West Hartford may let out for bid on and commence a project for portable classrooms (Project Number 155-0202 RE) at Hall High School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 17. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted under said chapter, the town of Meriden is authorized to renovate and improve the athletic fields adjacent to the Washington Middle School, known as Falcon Field, in an amount not to exceed four million dollars and shall be subsequently eligible for school construction grant assistance provided a completed grant application is submitted to the Department of Education prior to June 30, 2006. The full cost of renovation and improvement shall be deemed eligible costs for the purpose of grant calculation. The grant for construction assistance shall be fifty per cent of the total costs of the project. The renovated and improved fields shall be used primarily for school-related activities.

Sec. 18. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-291 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education concerning prior approval for site acquisition, the town of West Hartford shall be eligible for reimbursement for site acquisition costs incurred on the additions and renovations to Whiting Lane School (Project Number 155-0161 EA).

Sec. 19. (NEW) (Effective from passage) 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 chapter 173 of the general statutes shall not be increased as a result of increased prices for construction materials.

Sec. 20. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (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.

Sec. 21. Subdivision (4) of subsection (b) of section 10-286 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2005):

(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.

Sec. 22. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted under said chapter, the town of West Hartford is authorized to renovate and improve the athletic fields of Hall High School in an amount not to exceed one million dollars and shall be subsequently eligible for school construction grant assistance provided a completed grant application is submitted to the Department of Education prior to June 30, 2006. The full cost of renovation and improvement shall be deemed eligible costs for the purpose of grant calculation. The grant for construction assistance shall be fifty per cent of the costs of the total project.

Sec. 23. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Trumbull may let out for bid on and commence a project for renovation as new (Project Number TMP-144-ZWGF) at Trumbull High School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, provided a complete grant application is submitted prior to July 1, 2006.

Sec. 24. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Canterbury may let out for bid on and commence a project for a code violation (Project Number 022-0013 CV) at Canterbury Elementary School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 25. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that the description of a project type for a school building project be made at the time of application for a school building project grant, the town of North Branford may change the scope of the extension and alteration project at North Branford Middle/High School (Project Number 099-0049 EA) to a renovation project for the middle school portion of the school.

Sec. 26. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the town of Stamford may let out for bid on and commence a project for roof replacement (Project Number 135-0252 RR) at Toquam Elementary School and shall be eligible to subsequently be considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 27. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes and any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that the scope of a school building project be set at the time of application for a school building project grant, the town of Canton may expand the scope of the project at Canton Intermediate School (Project Number 023-0026 EA).

Sec. 28. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any provision of chapter 173 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted under said chapter, the town of Manchester may designate up to two legally qualified employees to be the architects of record for elementary school building projects and the prorated salary and benefits paid to such employees for work pertaining to design and construction on such projects shall be eligible costs for the purpose of calculating a grant under section 10-286 of the general statutes, provided (1) the town submits to the Department of Education documented and certified records of such work completed by said architects, including, but not limited to, timesheets that clearly delineate the number of hours the architects worked on such project, and (2) no other nonemployee architect renders services to the building project that are included as eligible costs.

Sec. 29. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding any provision of chapter 173 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted under said chapter, and the provisions of subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of section 10-286 of the general statutes, the town of Manchester may use funds provided under section 10a-194c of the general statutes toward the required local share of project costs for the construction of the Manchester Head Start/Preschool Center for the purpose of offering a full-day town-wide preschool program provided, notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 187 of the general statutes and section 17b-749i of the general statutes, the town of Manchester shall pay the debt service costs on such funds.

Sec. 30. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted under said chapter, the grant authorization for the school construction project at Howell Cheney Regional Vocational Technical High School (Project Number 900-003 EA) shall be increased by one million two hundred thousand dollars for artificial turf at the athletic fields.

Sec. 31. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 25-32 of the general statutes or any regulation requiring a town to obtain a permit authorizing a change of use of Class I watershed lands from the Commissioner of Public Health, the town of Wallingford may continue with renovation projects at Moran Middle School (Project Number 148-0143 EA), Parker Farms Elementary School (Project Number 148-0137 EA) and Sheehan High School (Project Number 148-142 EA).

Sec. 32. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted pursuant to said section 10-283, requiring that funding authorization for the local share of the project costs be secured prior to application and that no school building project shall be added to subdivision (1) of the school construction list, the projects for extension and alteration (Project Number TMP-089-JQZK), extension (Project Number TMP-089-RGTZ), and relocatable classrooms (Project Number TMP-089-WJBZ) at New Britain High School in New Britain are included in said subdivision (1) and shall be eligible to be subsequently considered for grant commitments from the state, provided the school district files completed grant applications for the school building projects and secures the funding authorization for the local share of the project costs prior to June 30, 2006, and meets all other provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education.

Sec. 33. Subsection (c) of section 10-56 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2005):

(c) When a district has been authorized to issue general obligation bonds, notes or other obligations as provided by this section, the board may authorize, for a period not to exceed [four] eight years, the issue of temporary notes in anticipation of the receipt of the proceeds from the sale of such bonds. Notes issued for a shorter period of time may be renewed by the issue of other notes, provided the period from the date of the original notes to the maturity of the last notes issued in renewal thereof shall not exceed [four] eight years. The term of such notes shall not be included in computing the time within which such bonds shall mature, provided such term does not exceed four years. For any series of notes the term of which is extended past the fourth year, the provisions of section 7-378a providing for the retirement from budgeted funds of one-twentieth of the net project cost, the reduction of the term of the bonds when sold and the commencement of the first principal payment of such bonds, shall apply with respect to each year beyond the fourth that the notes are outstanding. The provisions of section 7-373 shall be deemed to apply to such notes. The board, or such officer or body to whom the board delegates the authority to make such determinations, shall determine the date, maturity, interest rate, form, manner of sale and other terms of such notes which shall be general obligations of the regional school district and member towns. Such notes may bear interest or be sold at a discount. The interest or discount on such notes and any renewals thereof and the expense of preparing, issuing and marketing them may be included as a part of the cost of the project for the financing of which such bonds were authorized. Upon the sale of such bonds, the board shall apply immediately the proceeds thereof, to the extent required, to the payment of the principal and interest of all notes issued in anticipation thereof or deposit the proceeds in trust for such purpose with a bank or trust company, which may be the bank or trust company, if any, at which such notes are payable.

Sec. 34. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted pursuant to said chapter, the grant authorization for the school construction project at Ellis Regional Vocational Technical High School (Project Number 900-009 EA) shall be increased by five hundred thousand dollars for costs to illuminate the athletic fields and for other improvements.

Sec. 35. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted pursuant to said section 10-283, requiring that funding authorization for the local share of the project costs be secured prior to application and that no school building project shall be added to the school construction list in subdivision (1) of section 1 of this act, the projects for (1) library reconstruction for Duffy School, and (2) air conditioning at King Philip Middle School in West Hartford are included in said subdivision (1) and shall be eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided the school district files a completed application for a school building project and secures the funding authorization for the local share of the project costs prior to June 30, 2006, and meets all other provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education.

Sec. 36. Section 10-66hh of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2005):

For the fiscal years ending [June 30, 2002, June 30, 2003, and June 30, 2004] June 30, 2006, and June 30, 2007, the Commissioner of Education shall establish, within available [appropriations and] bond authorizations, a grant program to assist state charter schools in financing (1) school building projects, as defined in section 10-282, (2) general improvements to school buildings, as defined in subsection (a) of section 10-265h, and (3) repayment of debt incurred prior to July 1, 2005, for [prior] school building projects. [Eligibility for such grants shall be limited to state charter schools whose charters were renewed in the fiscal years ending June 30, 2001, June 30, 2002, and June 30, 2003, pursuant to subsection (g) of section 10-66bb. ] The governing authorities of such state charter schools may apply for such grants to the Department of Education at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. [Each state charter school may receive no more than one grant under this section and no grant under this section shall exceed five hundred thousand dollars. ] The commissioner shall give preference to applications that provide for matching funds from nonstate sources.

Sec. 37. (Effective July 1, 2005) (a) For the purposes described in subsection (b) of this section, the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate ten million dollars, provided five million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2006.

(b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Education for the purpose of grants pursuant to section 10-66hh of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

(c) All provisions of section 3-20 of the general statutes, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby, which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same 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.

Sec. 38. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a commission to study the long-term capital needs of state charter schools. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, an examination of the process for funding capital needs of state charter schools and the overall capital needs of all public schools.

(b) The commission shall consist of the following members:

(1) One appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall be a representative of a regional education service center;

(2) One appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, who shall be a representative of a state charter school;

(3) One appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall be a representative of a union that represents teachers certified by the State Board of Education;

(4) One appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, who shall be a parent of a student of a state charter school;

(5) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall be a representative of the Connecticut Association of School Business Officers;

(6) One appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, who shall be a school superintendent;

(7) The Commissioner of Education, or the commissioner's designee;

(8) The chairpersons of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and finance, or their designees;

(9) The ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and finance, or their designees; and

(10) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee.

(c) All appointments to the task force shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(d) The chairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education shall be the chairpersons of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(e) Not later than January 1, 2006, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and finance, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 2006, whichever is earlier.

Sec. 39. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2005) (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 chapter 173 of the general statutes concerning school construction projects and regulations adopted by the State Board of Education, in accordance with said chapter 173, 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 of the general statutes, (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 general statutes 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 of the general statutes. 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 of the general statutes.

(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.

Sec. 40. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes and any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education concerning eligibility for school building project grant assistance, the town of Danbury shall be eligible to file a completed grant application prior to October 1, 2005, and shall be subsequently considered for a grant commitment from the state for the purpose of constructing a Head Start education facility. Said facility shall be deemed a pilot program to support early childhood education and may be operated by a nonprofit agency.

Sec. 41. (Effective from passage) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 2005, to June 30, 2007, inclusive, the Commissioner of Education may provide grants for children in the Hartford program described in section 10-266aa of the general statutes to participate in an all day kindergarten program. In addition to the subsidy provided to the receiving district for educational services, such grants may be used for the provision of before and after-school care and remedial services for the kindergarten students participating in the program.

Approved July 1, 2005