3318.38 Accelerated urban school building assistance program.

(A) As used in this section, "big-eight school district" has the same meaning as in section 3314.02 of the Revised Code.

(B) There is hereby established the accelerated urban school building assistance program. Under the program, notwithstanding section 3318.02 of the Revised Code, any big-eight school district that has not been approved to receive assistance under sections 3318.01 to 3318.20 of the Revised Code by July 1, 2002, may beginning on that date apply for approval of and be approved for such assistance. Except as otherwise provided in this section, any project approved and undertaken pursuant to this section shall comply with all provisions of sections 3318.01 to 3318.20 of the Revised Code.

The Ohio school facilities commission shall provide assistance to any big-eight school district eligible for assistance under this section in the following manner:

(1) Notwithstanding section 3318.02 of the Revised Code:

(a) Not later than June 30, 2002, the commission shall conduct an on-site visit and shall assess the classroom facilities needs of each big-eight school district eligible for assistance under this section;

(b) Beginning July 1, 2002, any big-eight school district eligible for assistance under this section may apply to the commission for conditional approval of its project as determined by the assessment conducted under division (B)(1)(a) of this section. The commission may conditionally approve that project and submit it to the controlling board for approval pursuant to section 3318.04 of the Revised Code.

(2) If the controlling board approves the project of a big-eight school district eligible for assistance under this section, the commission and the school district shall enter into an agreement as prescribed in section 3318.08 of the Revised Code. Any agreement executed pursuant to this division shall include any applicable segmentation provisions as approved by the commission under division (B)(3) of this section.

(3) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in sections 3318.05 , 3318.06 , and 3318.08 of the Revised Code, a big-eight school district eligible for assistance under this section may with the approval of the commission opt to divide the project as approved under division (B)(1)(b) of this section into discrete segments to be completed sequentially. Any project divided into segments shall comply with all other provisions of sections 3318.05 , 3318.06 , and 3318.08 of the Revised Code except as otherwise specified in this division.

If a project is divided into segments under this division:

(a) The school district need raise only the amount equal to its proportionate share, as determined under section 3318.032 of the Revised Code, of each segment at any one time and may seek voter approval of each segment separately;

(b) The state's proportionate share, as determined under section 3318.032 of the Revised Code, of only the segment which has been approved by the school district electors or for which the district has applied a local donated contribution under section 3318.084 of the Revised Code shall be encumbered in accordance with section 3318.11 of the Revised Code. Encumbrance of additional amounts to cover the state's proportionate share of later segments shall be approved separately as they are approved by the school district electors or as the district applies a local donated contribution to the segments under section 3318.084 of the Revised Code.

(c) The school district's maintenance levy requirement, as defined in section 3318.18 of the Revised Code, shall run for twenty-three years from the date the first segment is undertaken.

(C) In accordance with division (R) of section 3318.08 of the Revised Code, the state funds reserved and encumbered and the funds provided by the school district to pay the basic project cost of any segment of the project under this section, or of the entire project if it is not divided into segments, shall be spent on the construction and acquisition of the project simultaneously in proportion to the state's and the school district's respective shares of that basic project cost as determined under section 3318.032 of the Revised Code.

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

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 06-28-2002