(A) Pursuant to section 3318.03 of the Revised Code, the Ohio school facilities commission may, at the request of a school district board of education, approve a master plan, which includes renovation projects that exceed the cost of new construction for the student population assigned. The projected cost for such renovation projects shall be determined pursuant to rule 3318-4-01 of the Administrative Code, and such renovation projects shall meet the requirements of rule 3318-5-02 of the Administrative Code. In no case shall the state contribution to such renovation project exceed the state share of the cost of new construction.
(1) The cost of new construction for the same grade configuration and projected enrollment shall be determined according to rule 3318-4-01 of the Administrative Code that defines the calculation of the project budget. The cost shall not include items such as an allowance for demolition, swing space, environmental abatement or warm, safe and dry expenditures to stabilize an existing structure prior to replacement or other items as determined by the commission.
(2) The maximum amount of the co-funded portion of a renovation project shall be the cost for a new facility determined under paragraph (A)(1) of this rule, which shall be calculated at the time the master plan is approved for funding by the controlling board, or, for segments of accelerated urban projects, at the time the project agreement for that segment is signed.
(B) The cost of the work associated with the preservation or restoration of items including, but not limited to, ornamental plaster, terra cotta pieces, and antique painting will not be co-funded by the state. The cost of work associated with preservation, restoration or replacement of existing building systems with like materials including but not limited to, clay tile or slate roofing material will be co-funded by the state only up to the average budgeted cost for Ohio school design manual compliant building systems.
(C) The commission, prior to award of any contract or before approval of any change order, shall require that a district certify the availability of local resources to fund renovation costs in excess of the maximum co-funded dollar amount calculated under paragraph (A) of this rule, which is necessary to achieve the renovations in the accepted assessment report and master plan and to fund any anticipated work described in paragraph (B) of this rule.