PA 13-243—sSB 876

Education Committee

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING AUTHORIZATION OF STATE GRANT COMMITMENTS FOR SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS

SUMMARY: This act authorizes $510. 1 million in state grant commitments to 27 local school construction projects. It also reauthorizes and increases grant commitments for (1) six previously authorized local projects whose cost and scope have changed and (2) a previously authorized state technical high school system project.

Furthermore, the act approves various exemptions, waivers, and changes for either new grant authorizations or changes to previous authorizations for an additional state cost of $250. 7 million.

Under the school construction grant program, local districts are reimbursed by the state Department of Construction Services for eligible costs of a construction project. Each district's reimbursement rate is individually determined based on the district's ranking by wealth among all of the state's districts. Poorer districts are reimbursed at a higher rate than wealthier districts. The state sells general obligation bonds to raise the money for the grants.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

1 — SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

New Authorizations

Table 1 shows the 27 new school projects the act authorizes.

Table 1: New School Construction Projects Authorized

School District

School

Project

Estimated Project Costs

Estimated State Grant

State Reimbursement Percentage

CREC

Greater Hartford Acad. of Arts Elementary Magnet

New construction/site purchase

$49,673,596

$39,738,877

80%

CREC

Greater Hartford Acad. of Arts Middle Magnet

New construction/site purchase

74,614,104

59,691,283

80%

CREC

Two Rivers Magnet High School

New construction/site purchase

108,308,509

86,646,807

80%

East Windsor

Broad Brook Elementary

Extension & energy conservation

3,770,000

2,181,322

57. 9%

Ellington

Crystal Lake School

Extension & alteration/site purchase/roof replacement

$18,457,497

$10,744,109

58. 2%

Ellington

Windermere School

Alteration

2,582,503

1,503,275

58. 2%

Greenwich

Greenwich High School

Extension & alteration

30,115,000

6,023,000

20%

Hartford

Weaver High School

Alteration/roof replacement/ energy conservation

100,000,000

80,000,000

80%

Milford

East Shore Middle School

Extension & alteration

18,950,000

10,422,500

55%

Naugatuck

Naugatuck High School

Extension & alteration/energy conservation

77,967,900

58,475,925

75%

Naugatuck

Central Administration

Extension & alteration

3,032,100

1,137,038

37. 5%

Norwalk

Rowayton School

Extension & alteration

7,695,260

2,473,257

32. 1%

Norwalk

Naramake Elementary School

Extension & alteration

4,139,284

1,330,366

32. 1%

Regional District 16

Region 16 PK-5 Elementary School

New construction

36,609,000

21,310,099

58. 2%

Regional District 16

Laurel Ledge School

Extension & alteration/roof replacement

7,746,000

5,283,547

68. 2%

Regional District 16

Central Administration

Alteration

2,371,000

808,630

34. 1%

Regional District 18

Mile Creek School

Energy conservation

597,900

209,265

35%

Regional District 6

Wamogo Regional H. S. (Vo-Ag)

Equipment

61,740

49,392

80%

Rocky Hill

Rocky Hill High School

Extension & alteration/roof replacement

44,955,000

19,910,570

44. 3%

Southington

Joseph A. DePaolo Middle School

Extension & alteration/site purchase/roof replacement

45,000,000

25,231,500

56. 1%

Southington

John F. Kennedy Middle School

Extension & alteration/site purchase/roof replacement

45,000,000

25,231,500

56. 1%

Stamford

Dolan School

Energy conservation

1,225,019

354,398

28. 9%

Stamford

Davenport Ridge School

Energy conservation

1,000,000

528,600

52. 9%

Wallingford

Mark T. Sheehan High School

Energy conservation

174,135

87,694

50. 4%

Wallingford

Lyman Hall High School

Energy conservation

131,135

66,040

50. 4%

Waterbury

John F. Kennedy High School

Extension & alteration

25,232,000

12,706,835

50. 4%

Wethersfield

Wethersfield High School

Extension & alteration/roof replacement

74,816,617

37,939,506

50. 7%

Reauthorizations

The act also reauthorizes grants for seven previously authorized projects whose scope or cost have changed substantially (see Table 2).

Table 2: State and Local Projects for Reauthorization

School District

School

Project

Previous Grant Authorization

New Grant Authorization

Change in cost

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Middle School

Extension & alteration

$1,250,690

$1,519,221

$268,531

Connecticut Technical High School System

Eli Whitney (Hamden)

Extension & alteration

98,000,000

104,075,000

6,075,000

CREC

International Magnet for Global Citizenship

New construction/site purchase

25,236,090

30,002,425

4,766,335

Eastford

Eastford Elementary School

Energy conservation

90,000

245,563

155,563

Meriden

Francis Maloney High School

Renovation & extension*

82,925,500

82,925,500

0

New Haven

East Rock Global Magnet (new)

New construction

31,428,000

38,499,300

7,071,300

Stratford

Honeyspot House (Stratford Academy)

New construction

7,815,924

8,944,155

1,128,231

*This project reauthorization is solely to change the scope of the project to include purchase of land.

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION NOTHWITHSTANDINGS

The act exempts specified school construction projects from various statutory and regulatory requirements to allow them to qualify for state grants. These exemptions are referred to as “notwithstanding” provisions. Table 3 indicates the act section for each and summarizes each exemption and any applicable conditions.

Table 3: School Construction Nothwithstandings

School District/

Entity

Project

Exemption/Waiver or Other Change

2

New Haven

Daniels School new construction

Waives repayment of funds by allowing enrollment figure of 600

2

New Haven

Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School new construction

Waives repayment of funds by allowing enrollment figure of 650

2

New Haven

Worthington Hooker alteration, extension & roof replacement

Waives repayment of funds by allowing enrollment figure of 527

3

Berlin

Berlin High School

extension and alteration project changed to renovation project

allows greater square footage for maximum project size

allows full rather than half the reimbursement percentage for a natatorium or auditorium

permits town to enter into contract for or issue bonds that exceed the town's approved appropriation for the school project, but by no more than $15 million provided town legislative body approves the additional appropriation by June 30, 2014

4

West Haven

Engineering and Science University Magnet School new construction

Makes off-site improvement costs not to exceed $2. 5 million reimbursable as eligible costs

5

New Haven

Common Ground High School extension and alteration

Modifies an existing authorization by:

increasing project maximum cost from $4 million to $7,450,000,

extending the application deadline by one year until June 30, 2014, and

requiring the lease terms be approved by the construction services commissioner

6

Montville

Leonard J. Tyl Middle School change orders

Waives the deadline to submit change orders for reimbursement as long as they are approved by Bureau of School Facilities

7

Montville

Murphy Elementary School change orders

Waives the deadline to submit change orders for reimbursement as long as they are approved by Bureau of School Facilities

8

Montville

Oakdale Elementary School change orders

Waives the deadline to submit change orders for reimbursement as long as they are approved by Bureau of School Facilities

9

East Hartford

East Hartford Middle School alteration

Makes project eligible for state aid provided cost does not exceed $5,569,750, application is submitted by June 30, 2014, and is otherwise eligible

10

Colchester

William J. Johnston Middle School renovation and expansion

Requires education and construction services commissioners to give review and approval priority to school renovation and expansion project (i. e. , treat as if it were on the 2014 school construction authorization list); waives local funding commitment requirement provided application with local funding commitment is filed by November 30, 2013

11

Vernon

Center Road School alteration and energy conservation

Waives repayment of funds by allowing enrollment figure of 497

12

Vernon

Lake Street School extension, alteration, and roof replacement

Waives repayment of funds by allowing enrollment figure of 306

13

Vernon

Skinner Road School alteration project

Waives repayment of funds by allowing enrollment figure of 375

14

Vernon

Rockville High School extension and alteration, code violation, and energy conservation

Permits town to use 261,967 square feet as maximum project footage with no penalty

15

Wallingford

Lyman Hall High School (Vo-Ag) new construction

Waives deadline for submitting project change orders for reimbursement as long as they are approved by Bureau of School Facilities

16

Clinton

The Morgan School new construction and site acquisition

Makes project eligible for state aid provided cost does not exceed $64,750,000, application is submitted by June 30, 2014, and is otherwise eligible

17

Region 19

E O Smith High School outdoor athletic facilities

Makes outdoor athletic facilities, including field lighting, eligible for reimbursement in full for the reasonable costs of the project not to exceed $250,000, provided the town submits a completed application by June 30, 2014

18

West Haven

West Haven High School renovation

waives the two-year deadline to begin construction after legislative approval

waives the requirement that renovation project be comparable to a new facility by allowing exclusion of ice rink, natatorium, and outdoor athletic facilities from the renovation

19

Enfield

Enfield High School extension, alteration, and roof replacement

Makes project eligible for state aid provided cost does not exceed $103,316,775, application is submitted by June 30, 2014, and is otherwise eligible

20

North Branford

North Branford High School roof replacement

Waives requirement for public invitation to bid and that bid and specifications be approved and properly sealed before being sent out to bid, provided specifications are later approved by Department of Construction Services

21

North Branford

North Branford Intermediate School extension and alteration

Waives space standards for the purpose of state reimbursement for extension and alteration

22

Eastford

Eastford Elementary School energy conservation

Permits bid prior to plan approval, provided specifications are approved by Department of Construction Services

23

Granby

Kelly Lane School extension and alteration and roof replacement

Waives repayment of funds by allowing enrollment figure of 445

24

Orange

Turkey Hill School alteration

Makes project eligible for state aid provided cost does not exceed $1,839,889, application is submitted by June 30, 2014, and is otherwise eligible

25

Orange

Peck Place School alteration

Makes project eligible for state aid provided cost does not exceed $1,034,000, application is submitted by June 30, 2014, and is otherwise eligible

26

Orange

Race Brook School alteration

Makes project eligible for state aid provided cost does not exceed $2,560,152, application is submitted by June 30, 2014, and is otherwise eligible

27

Orange

Mary L. Tracy School alteration

Makes project eligible for state aid provided cost does not exceed $306,750, application is submitted by June 30, 2014, and is otherwise eligible

28

New London

C. B. Jennings new construction

Waives deadline for submitting project change orders for reimbursement provided they are approved by Bureau of School Facilities

29

Norwich

Kelly Middle School extension and alteration

Permits town to use 133,034 square feet as maximum project footage with no penalty

30

Goodwin College

Pathways to Technology Magnet High School new construction

Makes site acquisition costs eligible for reimbursement as part of new construction project

30

Goodwin College

Pathways Academy of Design and Technology

Makes architectural design costs eligible for reimbursement provided it does not exceed previously authorized amounts

30

Goodwin College

New construction:

Pathways Academy of Design and Technology

CT River Academy

Early Childhood Magnet School

Reduces the existing authorization for Pathways Academy by $3 million and increases the previously authorized grants for Connecticut River Academy and Early Childhood Magnet School by $1. 5 million each

31

West Hartford

Hall High School alterations

Makes alterations to locker rooms and restrooms eligible for reimbursement in full for the reasonable costs of the project not to exceed $375,000, provided the town submits a completed application by June 30, 2014

32

West Hartford

Conard High School alterations

Makes alterations to locker rooms and restrooms eligible for reimbursement in full for the reasonable costs of the project not to exceed $375,000, provided the town submits a completed application by June 30, 2014

33

Waterbury

Reed School new construction/site purchase

Allows unexpended funds, including funds for site acquisition, to be used for site remediation provided it does not exceed the authorized project cost

34

New Haven

Helene Grant School new construction

Makes project eligible for state aid provided cost does not exceed $41,600,000, application is submitted by June 30, 2014, and is otherwise eligible

35

New Haven

Central Administration Offices new construction

Makes project eligible for state aid provided cost does not exceed $1,400,000, application is submitted by June 30, 2014, and is otherwise eligible

36

New Haven

New Haven Academy alteration

Makes project eligible for state aid provided cost does not exceed $40,000,000, application is submitted by June 30, 2014, and is otherwise eligible

37

Fairfield

Osborn Hill Elementary code violation

Waives requirement for public invitation to bid and that bid and specifications be approved and properly sealed before being sent out to bid, provided specifications are later approved by Department of Construction Services

38

CREC

10 magnet school new construction projects

Allows reasonable costs of (1) short-term or temporary financing and (2) prorated salary and benefits of staff assigned to project management, subject to audit and only for time before certificate of occupancy, to be eligible for reimbursement

39

CREC

Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy new construction

Waives the requirement that scope of project be determined at time of application to allow additional grades and expand curriculum

40

Hartford

Kinsella Magnet facility purchase, extension and alteration

Makes project eligible for state aid provided cost does not exceed $30,000,000, application is submitted by June 30, 2014, and is otherwise eligible

Allows project to receive 95% reimbursement rate rather than 80%

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