Budget(s): 027. SCHOOL FACILITIES COMMISSION
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Page 23-line 17 After "Maintenance" insert "1."; Under OTHER FUNDS increase amount by "510,000S6".
Page 23-After line 24 Insert:
"1. (a) The school facilities commission shall:
(i) Notwithstanding W.S. 21-3-110(a)(x), from the school capital construction account appropriation, distribute up to two hundred fifty-five thousand dollars ($255,000.00) each fiscal year of the 2012-2013 biennium to each school district with a charter school, approved and operating in the 2011-2012 school year in accordance with W.S. 21-3-301 through 21-3-314, in the district which requires a lease for operation of the charter school's educational program. Lease payments under this footnote shall include the total costs of the base rent, additional rent for tenant improvements and any common maintenance costs, if applicable. The amounts expended under this paragraph shall be reduced to the extent the amounts are duplicative of any costs funded or paid for by alternative mechanisms. The funds appropriated under this paragraph, shall be distributed to qualifying school districts based upon the proration of the total qualifying costs of all qualifying school districts;
(ii) In addition to paragraph (i) of this footnote and notwithstanding W.S. 21-3-110(a)(x), the commission shall for each fiscal year of the 2012-2013 biennium, expend an amount necessary to include the total allowable square footage of each charter school qualifying under paragraph (i) in the computation of the major maintenance payment under W.S. 21-15-109, to each district in which a qualifying charter school, as provided by paragraph (i) of this footnote, is operating. The amounts expended under this paragraph shall be reduced to the extent the amounts are duplicative of any maintenance costs included in the lease payments under paragraph (i) of this footnote or any costs funded or paid for by alternative mechanisms;
(iii) In accordance with this footnote, and notwithstanding W.S. 21-15-101 through 21‑15‑123, school districts shall include requests by charter schools approved under W.S. 21-3-301 through 21-3‑314 which receive lease payments in accordance with paragraph (i) of this footnote for the inclusion of the purchase of such facilities in school district facility plans submitted to the school facilities department in accordance with W.S. 21‑15‑116. Any request for purchase of a building for operation of a charter school shall include documentation of the economic feasibility of the purchase and evidence that the purchase will result in an economic savings to the state. In addition, plans shall describe the resolution of any potential existing leaseholder disputes or issues, if the purchase involves a facility with leaseholders other than the charter school. The school facilities department shall report to the joint appropriations committee and the select school facilities commission no later than September 15, 2012 regarding the inclusion of such a facility in a district's facility plan and accompanying request for purchase. The State of Wyoming, through the Department of Administration and Information and the School Facilities Department, is authorized to negotiate the purchase of any such building and transfer ownership of such building to the school district following resolution of all commercial leasing issues. For the biennium, square footage purchased in accordance with this paragraph shall not be included in any excess square footage determination and shall not be subject to the limitations imposed by W.S. 21-15-109(c).".
To the extent required by this amendment: adjust totals; and renumber as necessary. CONNOLLY, TEETERS