H.B. 116 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Rich Cunningham

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             6      Cosponsors:
             7      Jim Bird
Ken IvoryJohn Knotwell
Daniel McCayEarl D. Tanner              8     
             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill enacts language related to school construction guidelines.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    defines terms;
             15          .    requires the State Board of Education to adopt school construction guidelines;
             16          .    requires a public school to review and take into consideration those guidelines when
             17      planning public school construction; and
             18          .    makes technical and conforming changes.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25           53A-20-104.5 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 7
             26      ENACTS:
             27           53A-20-110 , Utah Code Annotated 1953

             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 53A-20-104.5 is amended to read:
             31           53A-20-104.5. School building construction and inspection manual -- Annual
             32      construction and inspection conference -- Verification of school construction inspections.
             33          (1) (a) The State Board of Education, through the state superintendent of public
             34      instruction, shall develop and distribute to each school district a school building construction
             35      and inspection resource manual.
             36          (b) The manual shall be provided to a charter school upon request of the charter school.
             37          (2) (a) The manual shall include:
             38          (i) current legal requirements; and
             39          (ii) information on school building construction and inspections, including the
             40      guidelines adopted by the State Board of Education in accordance with Section 53A-20-110 .
             41          (b) The state superintendent shall review and update the manual at least once every
             42      three years.
             43          (3) The board shall provide for an annual school construction conference to allow a
             44      representative from each school district and charter school to:
             45          (a) receive current information on the design, construction, and inspection of school
             46      buildings;
             47          (b) receive training on such matters as:
             48          (i) using properly certified building inspectors;
             49          (ii) filing construction inspection summary reports and the final inspection certification
             50      with the local governmental authority's building official;
             51          (iii) the roles and relationships between a school district or charter school and the local
             52      governmental authority, either a county or municipality, as related to the construction and
             53      inspection of school buildings; and
             54          (iv) adequate documentation of school building inspections; and
             55          (c) provide input on any changes that may be needed to improve the existing school

             56      building inspection program.
             57          (4) The board shall develop a process to verify that inspections by qualified inspectors
             58      occur in each school district or charter school.
             59          Section 2. Section 53A-20-110 is enacted to read:
             60          53A-20-110. Board to adopt public school construction guidelines.
             61          (1) As used in this section:
             62          (a) "Board" means the State Board of Education.
             63          (b) "Public school construction" means construction work on a new public school.
             64          (2) (a) The board shall:
             65          (i) adopt guidelines for public school construction; and
             66          (ii) consult with the Division of Facilities Construction and Management
             67      Administration on proposed guidelines before adoption.
             68          (b) The board shall ensure that guidelines adopted under Subsection (2)(a)(i) maximize
             69      funds used for public school construction and reflect efficient and economic use of those funds,
             70      including adopting guidelines that address a school's essential needs rather than encouraging or
             71      endorsing excessive costs per square foot of construction or nonessential facilities, design, or
             72      furnishings.
             73          (3) Before a school district or charter school may begin public school construction, the
             74      school district or charter school shall:
             75          (a) review the guidelines adopted by the board under this section; and
             76          (b) take into consideration the guidelines when planning the public school
             77      construction.
             78          (4) In adopting the guidelines for public school construction, the board shall consider
             79      the following and adopt alternative guidelines as needed:
             80          (a) location factors, including whether the school is in a rural or urban setting, and
             81      climate factors;
             82          (b) variations in guidelines for significant or minimal projected student population
             83      growth;

             84          (c) guidelines specific to schools that serve various populations and grades, including
             85      high schools, junior high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, alternative schools, and
             86      schools for people with disabilities; and
             87          (d) year-round use.
             88          (5) The guidelines shall address the following:
             89          (a) square footage per student;
             90          (b) minimum and maximum required real property for a public school;
             91          (c) athletic facilities and fields, playgrounds, and hard surface play areas;
             92          (d) cost per square foot;
             93          (e) minimum and maximum qualities and costs for building materials;
             94          (f) design efficiency;
             95          (g) parking;
             96          (h) furnishing;
             97          (i) proof of compliance with applicable building codes; and
             98          (j) safety.
             99          Section 3. Effective date.
             100          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.

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