MSBA continues its Top 10 list of items we think will have the biggest impact on schools. Running Monday through Friday for the next couple of weeks — we’ll fill you in on our Top 10. And if anyone wants the entire analysis, just click on the MSBA Legislative Summary link below.
No. 6: Financial help for ALL districts to use for maintenance & repairs on buildings
In the past, only the top 25 largest districts had access to long-term facilities maintenance revenue. A new law this year expands that help to ALL school districts that have a 10-year facilities maintenance plan approved by the commissioner. Some facts about the revenue:
- It repeals the alternative facilities program, deferred maintenance revenue and the health and safety levy and rolls it into one flexible fund for districts to use on maintenance items.
- Specific equity adjustments will be offered for districts with more than 50 percent agricultural land.
- Money for the Long-Term Facilities Maintenance Revenue is a board approved levy or bond or combination of both (up to a specific amount). Charter schools and intermediate districts are included.