SB 38-FN – FINAL VERSION
SENATE BILL 38-FN
This bill provides that a receiving district situated in this state providing an education to pupils from one or more sending districts situated in this state under a contract entered into pursuant to RSA 194:21-a or RSA 194:22, shall be eligible, under certain conditions, to receive annual school building aid grants.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [
in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five
AN ACT relative to school building aid for certain receiving districts.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
208:1 School Building Aid; Amount of Annual Grant. Amend RSA 198:15-b, I to read as follows:
I. The amount of the annual grant to any school district duly organized, any city maintaining a school department within its corporate organization, any cooperative school district as defined in RSA 195:1, [
or] any receiving district operating an area school as defined in RSA 195-A:1, or any receiving district providing an education to pupils from one or more sending districts under a contract entered into pursuant to RSA 194:21-a or RSA 194:22, shall be a sum equal to 30 percent of the amount of the annual payment of principal on all outstanding borrowings of the school district, city, cooperative school district, joint maintenance agreement, or receiving district, heretofore or hereafter incurred, for the cost of construction or purchase of school buildings and school administrative unit facilities, to the extent approved by the department of education, provided that any school district may receive an annual grant in the amount of 40 percent for the construction of an educational administration building for school administrative unit, and provided that the amount of the annual grant in the case of a cooperative school district, joint maintenance agreement, [ or] a receiving district operating an area school, or any receiving district providing an education to pupils from one or more sending districts under a contract entered into pursuant to RSA 194:21-a or RSA 194:22, shall be 40 percent plus 5 percent for each pre-existing district in excess of 2 and each sending district[ ,] in excess of one, and provided further that no cooperative school district, joint maintenance agreement, or receiving district operating an area school, shall receive an annual grant in excess of 55 percent.
208:2 New Paragraph; School Building Aid; Long-Term and Tuition Contracts. Amend RSA 198:15-b by inserting after paragraph I the following new paragraph:
I-a.(a) A receiving district situated in this state which is providing education to students from another school district situated in this state under a contract entered into pursuant to RSA 194:21-a or RSA 194:22, shall be eligible to receive the higher annual grant amount provided in RSA 198:15-b, I or RSA 198:15-v under the following conditions:
(1) The contract requires the receiving district to educate at least 70 percent of the public school students at particular grade levels from a sending district as provided in the contract.
(2) The contract contains a provision for the payment of capital costs for specific capital projects.
(3) The contract provides the manner in which school building aid is to be credited to school districts.
(4) The contract or sending district’s obligation to pay capital costs is for a period of 10 years or longer.
(b) The provisions of this paragraph shall only apply for those years in which the contract is in effect. In all other years, the receiving district shall receive aid in the amount for which it would otherwise be eligible under RSA 198:15-b, I or RSA 198:15-v.
(c) No receiving district shall receive a school building aid grant which is less than what a single school district would receive under RSA 198:15-b, I or RSA 198:15-v.
208:3 Applicability. The provisions of this act shall apply to eligible school construction projects commenced on or after January 1, 2003. However, payment of grants shall be based on principal payments made for fiscal year 2006 and thereafter.
208:4 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.
(Approved: July 1, 2005)
(Effective Date: August 30, 2005)