What This Guide Is - and
This School Construction Planning Guide is to be used in conjunction with State Board
of Education Rules for Capital Construction and is not intended to be used in isolation
or to supersede any other agency rules for school construction. The specific rules
of the several agencies of the state that apply to school construction are beyond
the scope of this document. This document is not a comprehensive summary of such
rules here; rather, its intent is to identify key state agencies, and the stage or
stages in the development of a school project at which each agency should be consulted.
Described here are the procedures which school officials should follow in the development
of a project. If these procedures are adhered to, the Agency of Education will
coordinate the preliminary review functions of all the relevant state agencies so
that a project receives the necessary permits and approvals as expeditiously as possible.
In short, the task of planning and carrying out a major school construction project
is complex. A school board and its superintendent must expect to rely heavily on
professional services - particularly architectural and engineering - and close communications
with state agencies. Knowing what should happen and when will not make the task simple,
but will help ensure that the workload on school officials for a project does not
become more of a burden than necessary.
NOTE: A significant update was made to the "Capital Outlay Financing Formula" section of the guide as noted below and should be downloaded and replaced in your print version of the manual. Minor typographical or grammatical changes have been made to all the other sections/appendices but dowload and replacement is optional.