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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the distance between a residence and a public school that qualifies a
10 student for state-sponsored transportation.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . for an elementary school student, decreases the milage between a residence and a
14 public school in order for the student to qualify for state-sponsored transportation;
15 . directs a school district to use state-sponsored transportation money to fully fund
16 transportation for elementary students first, and use any remaining money for junior
17 high and high school student transportation; and
18 . makes technical amendments.
19 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 53A-17a-127, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 305
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 53A-17a-127 is amended to read:
29 53A-17a-127. Eligibility for state-supported transportation -- Approved bus
30 routes -- Additional local tax.
31 (1) A student eligible for state-supported transportation means:
32 (a) a student enrolled in [
33 lives at least [
34 (b) a student enrolled in [
35 lives at least two miles from school; [
36 (c) a student enrolled in a high school who lives at least two miles from school; and
38 approved by the State Board of Education for trainable, motor, multiple-disabled, or other
39 students with severe disabilities who are incapable of walking to school or where it is unsafe
40 for students to walk because of their disabling condition, without reference to distance from
42 (2) If a school district implements double sessions as an alternative to new building
43 construction, with the approval of the State Board of Education, those affected elementary
44 school students residing less than [
45 way to or from school because of safety factors relating to darkness or other hazardous
46 conditions as determined by the local school board.
47 (3) (a) The State Board of Education shall distribute transportation money to school
48 districts based on:
49 (i) an allowance per mile for approved bus routes;
50 (ii) an allowance per hour for approved bus routes; and
51 (iii) a minimum allocation for each school district eligible for transportation funding.
52 (b) The State Board of Education shall distribute appropriated transportation funds
53 based on the prior year's eligible transportation costs as legally reported under Subsection
54 53A-17a-126 (3).
55 (c) The State Board of Education shall annually review the allowance per mile and the
56 allowance per hour and adjust the allowances to reflect current economic conditions.
57 (4) (a) Approved bus routes for funding purposes shall be determined on fall data
58 collected by October 1.
59 (b) Approved route funding shall be determined on the basis of the most efficient and
60 economic routes.
61 (5) (a) A school district shall use the state transportation money described in
62 Subsection (3) to fully fund the transportation of the school district's elementary students first.
63 (b) A school district shall use any money remaining after the allocation required in
64 Subsection (5)(a) to fund the transportation of the school district's junior high and high school
67 superintendents, business officials, school district transportation supervisors, and the state
68 superintendent's staff shall serve as a review committee for addressing school transportation
69 needs, including recommended approved bus routes.
71 regardless of the distance from school, from:
72 (i) general funds of the district; and
73 (ii) a tax rate not to exceed .0003 per dollar of taxable value imposed on the district.
74 (b) A local school board may use revenue from the tax described in Subsection [
75 (7)(a)(ii) to pay for transporting students and for the replacement of school buses.
76 (c) (i) If a local school board levies a tax under Subsection [
77 .0002, the state may contribute an amount not to exceed 85% of the state average cost per mile,
78 contingent upon the Legislature appropriating funds for a state contribution.
79 (ii) The state superintendent's staff shall distribute the state contribution according to
80 rules enacted by the State Board of Education.
81 (d) (i) The amount of state guarantee money which a school district would otherwise be
82 entitled to receive under Subsection [
83 district's levy is reduced as a consequence of changes in the certified tax rate under Section
84 59-2-924 due to changes in property valuation.
85 (ii) Subsection [
86 the certified tax rate.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-22-11 11:22 AM