3318.034 Division of district classroom needs into segments.

(A) This section applies to both of the following:

(1) Any school district that has not executed an agreement for a project under sections 3318.01 to 3318.20 of the Revised Code prior to June 24, 2008;

(2) Any school district that is eligible for additional assistance under sections 3318.01 to 3318.20 of the Revised Code pursuant to division (B)(2) of section 3318.04 of the Revised Code.

Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter to the contrary, with the approval of the Ohio school facilities commission, any school district to which this section applies may opt to divide the district's entire classroom facilities needs, as those needs are jointly determined by the staff of the commission and the school district, into discrete segments and shall comply with all of the provisions of those sections unless otherwise provided in this section.

(B) Except as provided in division (C) of this section, each segment shall comply with all of the following:

(1) The segment shall consist of the new construction of one or more entire buildings or the complete renovation of one or more entire existing buildings, with any necessary additions to that building.

(2) The segment shall not include any construction of or renovation or repair to any building that does not complete the needs of the district with respect to that particular building at the time the segment is completed.

(3) The segment shall consist of new construction, renovations, additions, reconstruction, or repair of classroom facilities to the extent that the school district portion, as determined under section 3318.032 of the Revised Code, is an amount not less than the product of 0.020 times the district's valuation at the time the agreement for the segment is executed, unless the district previously has undertaken a segment under this section and the district's portion of the estimated basic project cost of the remainder of its entire classroom facilities needs, as determined jointly by the staff of the commission and the district, is less than the amount otherwise required by this division.

(C) A district described in division (A)(2) of this section that has not received the additional assistance authorized under division (B)(2) of section 3318.04 of the Revised Code may undertake a segment, with commission approval, for the purpose of renovating or replacing work performed on a facility under the district's prior project. The commission may approve that segment if the commission determines that the renovation or replacement is necessary to protect the facility. The basic project cost of the segment shall be allocated between the state and the district in accordance with section 3318.032 of the Revised Code. However, the requirements of division (B) of this section shall not apply to a segment undertaken under this division.

(D) The commission shall conditionally approve and seek controlling board approval in accordance with division (A) of section 3318.04 of the Revised Code of each segment.

(E)

(1) When undertaking a segment under this section, a school district may elect to prorate its full maintenance amount by setting aside for maintenance the amount calculated under division (E)(2) of this section to maintain the classroom facilities acquired under the segment, if the district will use one or more of the alternative methods authorized in sections 3318.051 , 3318.052 , and 3318.084 of the Revised Code to generate the entire amount calculated under that division. If the district so elects, the commission and the district shall include in the agreement entered into under section 3318.08 of the Revised Code a statement specifying that the district will use the amount calculated under that division only to maintain the classroom facilities acquired under the segment.

(2) The commission shall calculate the amount for a school district to maintain the classroom facilities acquired under a segment as follows:

The full maintenance amount X (the school district's portion of the basic project cost for the segment / the school district's portion of the basic project cost for the district's entire classroom facilities needs, as determined jointly by the staff of the commission and the district)

(3) A school district may elect to prorate its full maintenance amount for any number of segments, provided the district will use one or more of the alternative methods authorized in sections 3318.051 , 3318.052 , and 3318.084 of the Revised Code to generate the entire amount calculated under division (E)(2) of this section to maintain the classroom facilities acquired under each segment for which it so elects. If the district cannot use one or more of those alternative methods to generate the entire amount calculated under that division, the district shall levy the tax described in division (B) of section 3318.05 of the Revised Code or an extension of that tax under section 3318.061 of the Revised Code in an amount necessary to generate the remainder of its full maintenance amount. The commission shall calculate the remainder of the district's full maintenance amount as follows:

The full maintenance amount - the sum of the amounts calculated for the district under division (E)(2) of this section for each prior segment of the district's project

(4) In no case shall the sum of the amounts calculated for a school district's maintenance of classroom facilities under divisions (E)(2) and (3) of this section exceed the amount that would have been required for maintenance if the district had elected to undertake its project in its entirety instead of segmenting the project under this section.

(5) If a school district commenced a segment under this section prior to the effective date of this amendment but has not completed that segment, and has not levied the tax described in division (B) of section 3318.05 of the Revised Code or an extension of that tax under section 3318.061 of the Revised Code, the district may request approval from the commission to prorate its full maintenance amount in accordance with divisions (E)(1) to (4) of this section. If the commission approves the request, the commission and the district shall amend the agreement entered into under section 3318.08 of the Revised Code to reflect the change.

(F) If a school district levies the tax described in division (B) of section 3318.05 of the Revised Code or an extension of that tax under section 3318.061 of the Revised Code, the tax shall run for twenty-three years from the date the segment for which the tax is initially levied is undertaken . The maintenance levy requirement, as defined in section 3318.18 of the Revised Code, does not apply to a segment undertaken under division (C) of this section.

(G) As used in this section, "full maintenance amount" means the amount of total revenue that a school district likely would generate by one-half mill of the tax described in division (B) of section 3318.05 of the Revised Code over the entire twenty-three-year period required under that section, as determined by the commission in consultation with the department of taxation.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.128, SB 316, §101.01, eff. 9/24/2012.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 2008 HB562 (vetoed provisions) 06-24-2008