Section 3318.70 | Funding to assist STEM schools in the acquisition of classroom facilities.
(A) As used in this section:
(1) "Acquisition of classroom facilities" has the same meaning as in section 3318.40 of the Revised Code.
(2) "Classroom facilities" has the same meaning as in section 3318.01 of the Revised Code.
(3) "STEM school" means a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school established under Chapter 3326. of the Revised Code that is not governed by a single school district board of education, as prescribed by section 3326.51 of the Revised Code.
(B) The Ohio school facilities commission shall establish guidelines for assisting STEM schools in the acquisition of classroom facilities.
(C) Upon receipt of a written proposal by the governing body of a STEM school, the commission, subject to approval of the controlling board, shall provide funding to assist that STEM school in the acquisition of classroom facilities. The proposal of the governing body shall be submitted in a form and in the manner prescribed by the commission. The proposal shall indicate both the total amount of funding requested from the commission and the amount of other funding pledged for the acquisition of the classroom facilities, the latter of which shall not be less than the total amount of funding requested from the commission. Once the commission determines a proposal meets its established guidelines and if the controlling board approves that funding, the commission shall enter into an agreement with the governing body for the acquisition of the classroom facilities and shall encumber, in accordance with section 3318.11 of the Revised Code, the approved funding from the amounts appropriated to the commission for classroom facilities assistance projects. The agreement shall include a stipulation of the ownership of the classroom facilities in the event the STEM school permanently closes at any time.
(D) In the case of the governing body of a group of STEM schools, as prescribed by section 3326.031 of the Revised Code, the governing body shall submit a proposal for each school under its direction separately, and the commission shall consider each proposal separately.