SSB 6531 would block cost-effective solutions in modern school design

By LIV FINNE  | 
LEGISLATIVE MEMO
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Feb 20, 2018

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Introduction

SSB 6531 would increase state spending on the school construction assistance program (SCAP). The bill’s Fiscal Note indicates a cost of $340.9 million in 2019-21 and of $712.6 million in 2021-23. 

Specifically, SSB 6531 would increase state funding to SCAP as follows: 

The funding assistance percentage would increase from 20 percent to 25 percent for the 2019-21 biennium, and increase by 30 percent each biennium thereafter. 

The construction cost allowance is codified and phased in over five biennia, increasing state costs from $219/square foot in 2018 to $322/square foot in 2027. 

The student space allowance (SSA) is codified; beginning July 1, 2019 the SSA of 90 square feet for students in K-6 would be increased by 10 square feet per year until fiscal year 2024, when it reaches 140 square feet. 

The student space allowance would be increased for grades seven, eight, nine and 12, and for students with disabilities beginning in 2022.

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