This section shall apply only to school construction projects approved by the State Board of Education prior to July 1, 1977. [1977, c. 563, §3 (NEW).]

To provide further incentive for the establishment of larger School Administrative Districts, the commissioner shall allocate state financial assistance to School Administrative Districts on school construction approved subsequent to the formation of such districts, and on school debts, and Maine School Building Authority leases assumed by the district. The state obligation on assumed debts and Maine School Building Authority leases shall not extend beyond 25 years from the original date of the unit’s obligation and shall not apply to school construction projects approved by the commissioner prior to August 28, 1957. No financial assistance shall be paid until the school construction has been completed and a full report of the cost of said construction and other expenses for major capital outlay purposes is made to the commissioner. The report shall be in such form as the commissioner shall determine and shall include, but not be limited to, the following: The amount of money contributed by the district, the amount of money borrowed for major capital outlay purposes, the time within which said borrowed funds are to be repaid and the total amount to be repaid and the amount to be repaid each year, the amount of interest to be paid each year and the rate of interest, the amount of rental due the Maine School Building Authority under lease agreement between the Maine School Building Authority and the district. On the basis of all the reports on file in the office of the commissioner each year, the commissioner shall determine the total amount to be paid to all of the School Administrative Districts and other eligible administrative units, for major capital outlay purposes, and shall apportion out of moneys appropriated for this purpose, when payments are due, to the School Administrative Districts and other eligible administrative units, the same percentage of each administrative unit’s expenditures for major capital outlay purposes including principal and interest payments and any rental payments under lease agreements between the administrative units and the Maine School Building Authority as each administrative unit would be entitled to receive based on Table II of this section. In addition, if the district has contributed money to defray all or part of the cost of major capital outlay construction, the commissioner shall determine the amount payable to the district for this expenditure; but the commissioner shall have the discretion to pay the entire amount due in one year or he may determine that payment shall be made over a period not to exceed 5 years. The commissioner, after making a determination as to the payment period, may change the payment period to a shorter period than his original determination, but shall not have the power to extend the payment period after his original determination. [1975, c. 272, §2 (AMD).]

Said apportionment shall apply similarly to payments made for major capital outlay purposes on school construction, approved by the commissioner after August 28, 1957, in administrative units where the April 1st enrollment of resident and tuition pupils in grades 9 through 12 for that year is over 500 pupils, and in all community school districts approved by the State Board of Education which incur debt after April 1, 1965; and in other smaller administrative units when in the judgment of the Legislature, on recommendation of the board, the formation of a School Administrative District by consolidation is not geographically or educationally practical. Any administrative unit qualifying for school construction aid under this section which receives tuition students from surrounding municipalities must render at least 2 years’ notice to the sending municipalities before discontinuing such acceptance. Whenever a unit gives a 2-year notice to other units that it will discontinue the acceptance of tuition students, the unit shall file a copy of the notice with the commissioner. If the school committee of a unit refuses to accept tuition students without having given a proper 2-year notice, the commissioner is authorized to withhold school construction aid until the unit complies with the statute up to a maximum of 2 years’ construction aid for that unit. Any administrative unit not previously eligible for school construction aid for major capital outlay purposes under this paragraph shall now be eligible for aid for any project authorized by the unit, if school building plans and specifications were approved by the commissioner after July 1, 1969. Construction aid reimbursements on these projects shall be limited to payments made after January 1, 1972. [1975, c. 272, §§ 3, 4 (AMD).]

The percentage of aid to a community school district qualifying under this section shall be determined by dividing the total state valuation of the member towns of the district by the total average resident pupils of the last 2 enrollment reports as reported on April 1st annually by the member towns of the district. The average per pupil valuation thus determined shall be applied to Table II of this section to determine the percentage of construction aid. [1965, c. 475, §2 (NEW).]

1. Approval prior to July 1, 1967. 
[ 1965, c. 475, §2 (NEW); 1967, c. 224, §7 (RP) .]

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2. Approval by commissioner. 
[ 1965, c. 475, §2 (NEW); 1967, c. 224, §7 (RP) .]

3. Reimbursement. 
[ 1965, c. 475, §2 (NEW); 1967, c. 224, §7 (RP) .]

The term “community school district” as used in this section shall include any type of school district consisting of more than one administrative unit operating a secondary school except a School Administrative District. [1965, c. 475, §2 (NEW).]

When a municipality having more than 100 resident pupils educated at public expense in grades 9 through 12 has contracted with a School Administrative District to educate all of the pupils in said district in grades 9 through 12, for a period of from 5 to 20 years, said municipality shall, during the life of said contract, be paid out of moneys appropriated and apportioned for the purposes of this section, the percentage of said municipality’s expenditures for major capital outlay purposes as it would be entitled to receive in that year based on Table II of this section. [1975, c. 272, §5 (AMD).]

On the basis of information available in the office of the commissioner as provided in returns of educational statistics required by him, the commissioner shall apportion construction subsidies to the school administrative units of the State according to the following plan: [1969, c. 589, §11 (AMD).]

The per pupil valuation of each municipality shall be determined by dividing the latest state valuation by the average number of resident pupils in the latest calendar year. The commissioner shall establish the applicable percentage for each eligible unit from the formula in Table II on January 1st of the year in which the Legislature convenes in regular session. The percentage thus determined shall be applicable for the next 2 fiscal years of the State, July 1st to June 30th. [1977, c. 78, §140 (RPR).]

For each eligible unit the construction subsidy allocation thereafter shall be the applicable percentage of the construction costs as defined in this section obtained from Table II below. Before computing the eligible expenditure of any administrative unit for construction aid, the commissioner shall cause to be deducted all moneys expended on the project which were received from federal sources, except moneys from federal revenue sharing sources. [1973, c. 571, §52 (AMD).]

TABLE II

Each administrative unit shall be reimbursed the sums expended for major capital outlay projects which have been approved in accordance with sections 3457 to 3460, or any projects which have been approved by the commissioner. The unit shall be reimbursed the amount of debt service which has been incurred on all approved school construction projects. Construction reimbursements shall be scheduled so that payments may be made in accordance with the payment schedules established by the administrative units.

[1977, c. 625, §5 (AMD).]

Any unit shall, before becoming eligible for school construction aid, obtain approval from the State Board of Education of the site upon which the school construction project is to be located. Failure to obtain such approval of site will make the unit ineligible for school construction aid. In addition, the board shall require that all projects approved for state aid under this section shall show evidence of the need for such facilities based on obsolescence or inadequacy of present buildings, assurance that existing facilities are receiving maximum use, enrollment projection for at least a 5-year period, financial ability of the unit, utilization studies and other information, including, but not limited to, estimates of operating costs and effectiveness of educational programs related to proposed construction. In addition, projects approved for state aid shall show evidence that spaces within proposed structures shall be assigned a specific educational purpose, or are supportive of the educational program. [1969, c. 391, (NEW).]

Any unit which signs a contract for construction and begins construction before the building plans have been finally approved by the State Board of Education shall become ineligible for school construction aid on that particular project. [1967, c. 488, §1 (NEW).]

Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the construction aid to School Administrative Districts shall be determined as follows: The total cost of the construction project shall be distributed among the member municipalities of the district in the same ratio as the average number of resident pupils of the member municipalities bears to the total average number of resident pupils in the School Administrative District. Each member municipality shall have its portion of the total construction cost subsidized based upon the percentage table in TABLE II using that member municipality’s state valuation per resident pupil as the basis for determining the percentage of aid. The aid thus computed for the member municipalities shall be added together and shall be paid to the School Administrative District. [1967, c. 488, §1 (NEW).]

Notwithstanding any other provision of section 3457, for the year beginning January 1972 through the remainder of the 1971-73 biennium the commissioner is authorized to recompute on January 1, 1972, the construction aid percentages for all units in accordance with the statutes in existence at that time. [1971, c. 530, §36-A (NEW).]

Any administrative unit which has received, or is receiving, state construction aid for major capital outlay purposes shall carry fire insurance and allied coverage upon the completed project in an amount not less than the cost or reconstruction cost of the project. The policy may include as an insured the State of Maine, as its interest may appear. In the event of damage to or destruction of a building, the administrative unit shall first utilize the insurance proceeds to repair or rebuild the building. The State shall pay no subsidy on the insurance proceeds utilized for such repairs or rebuilding. [1975, c. 272, §8 (AMD).]

Units may borrow in anticipation of state aid on buildings approved by the State Board prior to July 1, 1976. Such temporary borrowing shall not affect the legal debt limits and shall be limited to the period preceding the sale of any bonds or notes. [1975, c. 746, §21 (NEW).]

SECTION HISTORY

1965, c. 475, §2 (NEW). 1967, c. 224, §§4-9 (AMD). 1967, c. 365, (AMD). 1967, c. 425, §§15-A (AMD). 1967, c. 488, §§1,3 (AMD). 1969, c. 391, (AMD). 1969, c. 589, §§10,11 (AMD). 1971, c. 500, §§1-3 (AMD). 1971, c. 530, §§35A,36,36A (AMD). 1971, c. 610, §21 (AMD). 1971, c. 611, §12 (AMD). 1973, c. 556, §15 (AMD). 1973, c. 571, §§52,52A,52B (AMD). 1973, c. 571, §71 (AMD). 1973, c. 783, §§26,27 (AMD). 1975, c. 272, §§2-8 (AMD). 1975, c. 746, §21 (AMD). 1977, c. 78, §§139,140 (AMD). 1977, c. 563, §3 (AMD). 1977, c. 625, §5 (AMD).