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The 2001 Florida Statutes

Title XVI
Chapter 228
Public Education: General Provisions
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Section 228.0561, Florida Statutes 2001

228.0561  Charter schools capital outlay funding.--

(1)  In each year in which funds are appropriated for charter school capital outlay purposes, the Commissioner of Education shall allocate the funds among eligible charter schools. To be eligible for a funding allocation, a charter school must meet the provisions of subsection (6), must have received final approval from its sponsor pursuant to s. 228.056 for operation during that fiscal year, and must serve students in facilities that are not provided by the charter school's sponsor. Prior to the release of capital outlay funds to a school district on behalf of the charter school, the Department of Education shall ensure that the district school board and the charter school governing board enter into a written agreement that includes provisions for the reversion of any unencumbered funds and all equipment and property purchased with public education funds to the ownership of the district school board, as provided for in subsection (3), in the event that the school terminates operations. Any funds recovered by the state shall be deposited in the General Revenue Fund. A charter school is not eligible for a funding allocation if it was created by the conversion of a public school and operates in facilities provided by the charter school's sponsor for a nominal fee or at no charge or if it is directly or indirectly operated by the school district. Unless otherwise provided in the General Appropriations Act, the funding allocation for each eligible charter school shall be determined by multiplying the school's projected student enrollment by one-fifteenth of the cost-per-student station specified in s. 235.435(6)(b) for an elementary, middle, or high school, as appropriate. If the funds appropriated are not sufficient, the commissioner shall prorate the available funds among eligible charter schools. Funds shall be distributed on the basis of the capital outlay full-time equivalent membership by grade level, which shall be calculated by averaging the results of the second and third enrollment surveys. The Department of Education shall distribute capital outlay funds monthly, beginning in the first quarter of the fiscal year, based on one-twelfth of the amount the department reasonably expects the charter school to receive during that fiscal year. The commissioner shall adjust subsequent distributions as necessary to reflect each charter school's actual student enrollment as reflected in the second and third enrollment surveys. The commissioner shall establish the intervals and procedures for determining the projected and actual student enrollment of eligible charter schools.

(2)  A charter school's governing body may use charter school capital outlay funds for any capital outlay purpose that is directly related to the functioning of the charter school, including the:

(a)  Purchase of real property.

(b)  Construction, renovation, repair, and maintenance of school facilities.

(c)  Purchase, lease-purchase, or lease of permanent or relocatable school facilities.

(d)  Purchase of vehicles to transport students to and from the charter school.

(3)  When a charter school is nonrenewed or terminated, any unencumbered funds and all equipment and property purchased with district public funds shall revert to the ownership of the district school board, as provided for in 1s. 228.056(10)(e) and (f). In the case of a developmental research school established pursuant to s. 228.053 to which a charter has been issued, any unencumbered funds and all equipment and property purchased with university public funds shall revert to the ownership of the state university that issued the charter. The reversion of such equipment, property, and furnishings shall focus on recoverable assets, but not on intangible or irrecoverable costs such as rental or leasing fees, normal maintenance, and limited renovations. The reversion of all property secured with public funds is subject to the complete satisfaction of all lawful liens or encumbrances. If there are additional local issues such as the shared use of facilities or partial ownership of facilities or property, these issues shall be agreed to in the charter contract prior to the expenditure of funds.

(4)  The Commissioner of Education shall specify procedures for submitting and approving requests for funding under this section and procedures for documenting expenditures.

(5)  The annual legislative budget request of the Department of Education shall include a request for capital outlay funding for charter schools. The request shall be based on the projected number of students to be served in charter schools who meet the eligibility requirements of this section.

(6)  Unless authorized otherwise by the Legislature, allocation and proration of charter school capital outlay funds shall be made to eligible charter schools by the Commissioner of Education in an amount and in a manner authorized by subsection (1).

History.--s. 2, ch. 98-206; s. 2, ch. 99-374; s. 4, ch. 2000-306; s. 13, ch. 2001-86.

1Note.--Redesignated as s. 228.056(11)(e) and (f) by s. 12, ch. 2001-86.

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