As used in this chapter:

(a) “Board” means the State Allocation Board.

(b) “Director” means the Director of Education for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive.

(c) Notwithstanding any other law, the term “project” shall be deemed to include any or all of the purposes for which a school district has applied for apportionments under this chapter, pursuant to any regulations that the State Allocation Board may adopt.

(d) “Grade level maintained by a district” means any of the following:

(1) The kindergarten, if any, and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, or grades 1 to 8, inclusive, maintained by an elementary school district or a unified school district.

(2) Grades 7 to 12, inclusive, grades 9 to 12, inclusive, or grades 7 to 10, inclusive, maintained by a high school district or unified school district.

However, not more than one grade level shall be claimed by any district under any one of the paragraphs of this subdivision.

(e) “Apportionment” means an apportionment made under this chapter unless the context otherwise requires. The term “apportionment” in Sections 16091, 16097, 16099, 16100, 16104, 16105, and any other section in this chapter where the context justifies, shall be deemed to include funds of a school district required by the board to be contributed toward the purposes thereof. It is hereby declared that this construction is not intended as a change in the present law but rather as a declaration of existing law.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 277, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1997. Operative January 1, 1998.)