First Substitute H.B. 116
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill enacts language related to school construction guidelines.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . defines terms;
13 . requires the State Board of Education to adopt school construction guidelines;
14 . requires a public school to review and take into consideration those guidelines when
15 planning public school construction; and
16 . makes technical and conforming changes.
17 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19 Other Special Clauses:
20 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.
21 Utah Code Sections Affected:
23 53A-20-104.5 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 7
25 53A-20-110 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 53A-20-104.5 is amended to read:
29 53A-20-104.5. School building construction and inspection manual -- Annual
30 construction and inspection conference -- Verification of school construction inspections.
31 (1) (a) The State Board of Education, through the state superintendent of public
32 instruction, shall develop and distribute to each school district a school building construction
33 and inspection resource manual.
34 (b) The manual shall be provided to a charter school upon request of the charter school.
35 (2) (a) The manual shall include:
36 (i) current legal requirements; and
37 (ii) information on school building construction and inspections, including the
38 guidelines adopted by the State Board of Education in accordance with Section 53A-20-110 .
39 (b) The state superintendent shall review and update the manual at least once every
40 three years.
41 (3) The board shall provide for an annual school construction conference to allow a
42 representative from each school district and charter school to:
43 (a) receive current information on the design, construction, and inspection of school
45 (b) receive training on such matters as:
46 (i) using properly certified building inspectors;
47 (ii) filing construction inspection summary reports and the final inspection certification
48 with the local governmental authority's building official;
49 (iii) the roles and relationships between a school district or charter school and the local
50 governmental authority, either a county or municipality, as related to the construction and
51 inspection of school buildings; and
52 (iv) adequate documentation of school building inspections; and
53 (c) provide input on any changes that may be needed to improve the existing school
54 building inspection program.
55 (4) The board shall develop a process to verify that inspections by qualified inspectors
56 occur in each school district or charter school.
57 Section 2. Section 53A-20-110 is enacted to read:
58 53A-20-110. Board to adopt public school construction guidelines.
59 (1) As used in this section:
60 (a) "Board" means the State Board of Education.
61 (b) "Public school construction" means construction work on a new public school.
62 (2) The board shall:
63 (a) adopt guidelines for public school construction; and
64 (b) consult with the Division of Facilities Construction and Management
65 Administration on proposed guidelines before adoption.
66 (3) Before a school district or charter school may begin public school construction, the
67 school district or charter school shall:
68 (a) review the guidelines adopted by the board under this section; and
69 (b) take into consideration the guidelines when planning the public school
71 (4) In adopting the guidelines for public school construction, the board shall consider
72 the following and adopt alternative guidelines as needed:
73 (a) location factors, including whether the school is in a rural or urban setting, and
74 climate factors;
75 (b) variations in guidelines for significant or minimal projected student population
77 (c) guidelines specific to schools that serve various populations and grades, including
78 high schools, junior high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, alternative schools, and
79 schools for people with disabilities; and
80 (d) year-round use.
81 (5) The guidelines shall address the following:
82 (a) square footage per student;
83 (b) minimum and maximum required real property for a public school;
84 (c) athletic facilities and fields, playgrounds, and hard surface play areas;
85 (d) cost per square foot;
86 (e) minimum and maximum qualities and costs for building materials;
87 (f) design efficiency;
88 (g) parking;
89 (h) furnishing;
90 (i) proof of compliance with applicable building codes; and
91 (j) safety.
92 Section 3. Effective date.
93 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.
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