School Construction Planning Guide

INTRODUCTION
   
 

Cover of Construction Planning GuideWhat This Guide Is - and Is Not

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.

   
DOWNLOAD THE PUBLICATION (Updated 8/22/08)
   
 

The Vermont School Construction Planning Guide is being made available for download by individual chapters (immediately below) or as a single PDF* file. Application forms contained in the manual are also available in an electronic version for downloading. See "Electronic Forms Options."

 
         

 

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Section Title

 

# of
Pages


 

File
Size


         

 

 

  Cover, Acknowledgments and Table of Contents     

6

 

60K

           
  Introduction     

4

 

24K

           
  The Planning Process     

10

 

84K

           
  Professional Assistance & Methods of Construction  

8

 

40K

           
  Suggested Procedures for School Boards     

8

 

40K

           
  Roles of State Agencies     

18

 

796K

           
  Other Construction Issues     

4

 

24K

           
  Capital Outlay Financing Formula (Updated 8/22/08)  

12

 

48K

           
  Application Forms
NOTE: Application forms are also available as Word documents or Rich Text Format (RTF) files that can be downloaded to your computer, filled in using your word processing program, printed, signed and mailed to the department. See "Electronic Forms Options."
 

10

 

100K

         

 

 

 

  Appendices  
Choose this link to download all the appendices as one document OR download individual appendices from the list below:
 

25

 

84K

               
 

A:

  Developing a Facilities Analysis     

2

 

20K

 

B:

  Space Needs Survey     

2

 

12K

 

C:

  System for Rating Proposed School Construction Projects    

8

 

48K

 

D:

  Developing Educational Specifications     

2

 

16K

 

E:

  Preliminary Plans Review     

2

 

24K

 

F:

  Enrollment Projections     

2

 

12K

 

G:

  Site Inspection Check List     

2

 

12K

 

H:

  Clerk-of-the-Works     

4

 

16K

 

I:

  Audit Information     

1

 

24K

  Vermont State Board Manual of Rules and Practices: School Buildings and Sites (Series 6000)  

 

               

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS FOR DOWNLOADING AND PRINTING (Updated 8/22/08)
   

Vermont School Construction Planning Guide (Updated 8/22/08)
Download and print the Guide as a single file. The complete report contains 105 pages and is 1.1MB.
   
  Application Forms
Application forms are provided as Word documents or Rich Text Format (RTF) files that can be downloaded to your hard drive, filled in using your word processing application, printed, signed and mailed to the department. See "Electronic Forms Options."

Page Last Updated on December 4, 2014