Section 1013.62, Florida Statutes 2004
1013.62 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:
(a)1. Have been in operation for 3 or more years;
2. Be an expanded feeder chain of a charter school within the same school district that is currently receiving charter school capital outlay funds; or
3. Have been accredited by the Commission on Schools of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
(b) Have financial stability for future operation as a charter school.
(c) Have satisfactory student achievement based on state accountability standards applicable to the charter school.
(d) Have received final approval from its sponsor pursuant to s. 1002.33 for operation during that fiscal year.
(e) 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. 1013.64(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. However, no charter school or charter lab school shall receive state charter school capital outlay funds in excess of the one-fifteenth cost per student station formula if the charter school's combination of state charter school capital outlay funds, capital outlay funds calculated through the reduction in the administrative fee provided in s. 1002.33(20), and capital outlay funds allowed in s. 1002.32(9)(e) and (h) exceeds the one-fifteenth cost per student station formula. 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 the following purposes:
(a) Purchase of real property.
(b) Construction 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.
(e) Renovation, repair, and maintenance of school facilities that the charter school owns or is purchasing through a lease-purchase or long-term lease of 5 years or longer.
Conversion charter schools may use capital outlay funds received through the reduction in the administrative fee provided in s. 1002.33(20) for renovation, repair, and maintenance of school facilities that are owned by the sponsor.
(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 s. 1002.33(8)(e) and (f). In the case of a charter lab school, 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. A dedicated funding source, if identified in writing by the Commissioner of Education and submitted along with the annual charter school legislative budget request, may be considered an additional source of funding.
(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).
(7) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, beginning in the 2003-2004 fiscal year:
(a) If the appropriation for charter school capital outlay funds is no greater than the 2002-2003 appropriation, the funds shall be allocated according to the formula outlined in subsection (1) to:
1. The same schools that received funding in 2002-2003.
2. Schools that are an expanded feeder pattern of schools that received funding in 2002-2003.
3. Schools that have an approved charter and are serving students at the start of the 2003-2004 school year and either incurred long-term financial obligations prior to January 31, 2003, or began construction on educational facilities prior to December 31, 2002.
(b) If the appropriation for charter school capital outlay funds is less than the 2002-2003 appropriation, the funds shall be prorated among the schools eligible in paragraph (a).
(c) If the appropriation for charter school capital outlay funds is greater than the 2002-2003 appropriation, the amount of funds provided in the 2002-2003 appropriation shall be allocated according to paragraph (a). First priority for allocating the amount in excess of the 2002-2003 appropriation shall be to prorate the excess funds among the charter schools with long-term debt or long-term lease to the extent that the initial allocation is insufficient to provide one-fifteenth of the cost per student station specified in s. 1013.64(6)(b), and second priority shall be to other eligible charter schools.
History.--s. 859, ch. 2002-387; s. 4, ch. 2003-393.