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H.B. 173






Chief Sponsor: Kraig Powell

Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions relating to funding for necessarily existent small schools.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that a portion of total necessarily existent small schools funding may be
             14      distributed in accordance with a formula that considers the tax effort of a local
             15      school board; and
             16          .    makes technical amendments.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          53A-17a-109, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 221
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 53A-17a-109 is amended to read:
             27           53A-17a-109. Necessarily existent small schools -- Computing additional

             28      weighted pupil units -- Consolidation of small schools.
             29          (1) As used in this section, "board" means the State Board of Education.
             30          [(1)] (2) (a) Upon application by [each] a school district, the [State Board of
             31      Education] board shall, in consultation with the local school [boards] board, classify
             32      [particular] schools in [each] the district as necessarily existent small schools, in accordance
             33      with this section and board rules adopted under this section.
             34          [(a) Applications] (b) An application must be submitted to the [state] board before
             35      April 2, and the board must report a decision to [each] a school district before June 2.
             36          [(b)] (3) The [state] board shall adopt standards and make rules to:
             37          [(i)] (a) govern the approval of [these] necessarily existent small schools consistent
             38      with principles of efficiency and economy and which shall serve the purpose of eliminating
             39      schools where consolidation is feasible by participation in special school units; and
             40          [(ii)] (b) ensure that districts are not building secondary schools in close proximity to
             41      one another where economy and efficiency would be better served by one school meeting the
             42      needs of secondary students in a designated geographical area.
             43          [(c)] (4) A one or two-year secondary school that has received necessarily existent
             44      small school money under this section prior to July 1, 2000, may continue to receive such
             45      money in subsequent years under [state] board rule.
             46          [(2)] (5) The [state] board shall prepare and publish objective standards and guidelines
             47      for determining which small schools are necessarily existent after consultation with local
             48      school boards.
             49          [(3) The additional] (6) (a) Additional weighted pupil units for schools classified as
             50      necessarily existent small schools [are] shall be computed using regression formulas adopted
             51      by the [state] board.
             52          [(a)] (b) The regression formulas establish the following maximum sizes for funding
             53      under the necessarily existent small school program:
             54          (i) [Elementary] an elementary school                160
             55          (ii) [One] a one or two-year secondary school            300
             56          (iii) [Three-year] a three-year secondary school            450
             57          (iv) [Four-year] a four-year secondary school            500
             58          (v) [Six-year] a six-year secondary school                600

             59          [(b)] (c) Schools with fewer than 10 students shall receive the same add-on weighted
             60      pupil units as schools with 10 students.
             61          [(c)] (d) The [state] board shall prepare and distribute an allocation table based on the
             62      regression formula to each school district.
             63          [(4)] (7) (a) To avoid penalizing a district financially for consolidating its small
             64      schools, additional weighted pupil units may be allowed a district each year, not to exceed two
             65      years.
             66          (b) The additional weighted pupil units may not exceed the difference between what
             67      the district receives for a consolidated school and what it would have received for the small
             68      schools had they not been consolidated.
             69          (8) An amount not to exceed five percent of the total necessarily existent small schools
             70      funding may be distributed in accordance with a formula adopted by the board that considers
             71      the tax effort of a local school board.
             72          [(c)] (9) A district may use the money allocated under this [subsection] section for
             73      maintenance and operation of school programs or for other school purposes as approved by the
             74      [state] board.

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