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Institute Charter Schools & Bond Indebtedness

Concerning school district boards' of education voluntary inclusion of institute charter schools in district ballot initiatives to contract with institute charter schools for bonded indebtedness.
2024 Regular Session
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

The act allows a school district board of education (school district) to consider and submit to the eligible electors of the district the question of contracting a bonded indebtedness for capital construction or land and facilities needs of an institute charter school (school) located within the school district.

In order for a school district to consider whether to include the capital construction needs of a school located within the school district, the school must submit a capital construction plan to the board of education (board) of the school district. The capital construction plan must include, but is not limited to:

  • Reasons why the school capital construction must be financed by bonded indebtedness;
  • A description of the capital construction that will be financed by bonded indebtedness;
  • A description of the architectural, functional, and construction standards that meet applicable state building code requirements and that will be applied to each facility subject to the capital construction project (project);
  • An estimate of the total costs for completing capital construction that will be financed by the bonded indebtedness;
  • An estimate of the amount of time needed to complete the project;
  • A statement addressing whether the construction or renovation, payment of overrun costs, and other project issues will be managed by the school or the school district and whether costs for project management will be negotiated between the school or the school district;
  • Reasons why revenue sources other than bonded indebtedness are inadequate to fully finance the school capital construction; and
  • The school's proposed method for disbursement of its share of the bonded indebtedness proceeds.

When a school district, in its sole discretion, wants to include the capital construction needs of a school in a ballot question, the board must, prior to submitting the ballot question to the voters of the school district, enter into a written agreement with the school that includes:

  • The process by which investment and interest earnings on bonded indebtedness proceeds are distributed and the process by which the investment and interest earnings proceeds and the bonded indebtedness proceeds are released to the school;
  • The allocation of investment and interest earnings on the bonded indebtedness proceeds;
  • Allocation of the costs to submit the ballot question, which must be borne by both the school district and the school in proportion to the respective portions of the total bonded indebtedness proceeds that are to be received;
  • An agreement that if the school's charter is revoked or not renewed, if the school becomes insolvent and can no longer operate as a school, or if the school otherwise ceases to exist, the school district has priority in recovering debt over all other debtors for costs and payments of all other debts secured by the capital construction and that ownership of any capital construction, land, or facilities financed by the bonded indebtedness proceeds automatically reverts to the school district; and
  • An agreement that the school shall not encumber any capital construction financed by bonded indebtedness with any additional debt without the express approval of the school district. If the school district denies approval, the school district shall provide written reasons for the denial.

APPROVED by Governor May 18, 2024

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2024
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    05/18/2024 Signed Act PDF
    05/02/2024 Final Act PDF
    04/12/2024 Rerevised PDF
    04/11/2024 Revised PDF
    03/18/2024 Reengrossed PDF
    03/15/2024 Engrossed PDF
    01/30/2024 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details