Colorado Revised Statutes Title 22. Education § 22-30.5-404. Needs-based inclusion of charter schools in district bond elections--eligibility--allocation of bond revenues

(1)(a) In enacting this section, it is the intent of the general assembly to respect the principle of school district local control and to encourage school districts and charter schools to work together to ensure that the capital construction needs of charter schools can be met.  Accordingly, nothing in this section shall be construed to limit in any way the existing ability of any school district to include a charter school in any local bond elections or to otherwise assist a charter school in financing its capital construction needs in any legal manner mutually agreed upon by the school district and the charter school.

(b) A school district shall allow for representation by charter schools on the school district's long-range planning committee and any committee established by the school district to assess and prioritize the district's capital construction needs and shall notify charter schools of the committee's meeting schedule.  Charter schools shall cooperate in determining the person or persons who will represent the interests of charter schools on the committee.

(c) Each school district that is considering submitting any question of contracting bonded indebtedness to the eligible electors of the district at an upcoming election shall invite each charter school chartered by the district to participate in discussions regarding the possible submission of such a question at the earliest possible time but no later than June 1 of the applicable election year, and each school district is encouraged to voluntarily include funding for the capital construction needs of charter schools in the district's questions of contracting bonded indebtedness without requiring a charter school to comply with the capital construction plan submission process set forth in subsection (3) of this section.

(2) A charter school that has capital construction needs may seek to obtain moneys to fund such capital construction needs by requesting that the board of education of its chartering school district:

(a) Include the charter school's capital construction needs as part of a ballot question for approval of bonded indebtedness to be submitted by the district to the voters of the district;

(b) Submit a ballot question for approval of a special mill levy to the voters of the district pursuant to section 22-30.5-405 ;  or

(c) Include the charter school's capital construction needs as part of a ballot question for approval of an additional mill levy for ongoing cash funding for the capital construction, new technology, existing technology upgrade, and maintenance needs of the district to be submitted by the district to the voters of the district pursuant to section 22-54-108.7 .

(3) A charter school that seeks to have its capital construction needs included as part of a ballot question to be submitted by the board of education of its chartering school district to the voters of the district or that seeks to obtain funding for its capital construction needs through the imposition of a special mill levy pursuant to section 22-30.5-405 or an additional mill levy pursuant to section 22-54-108.7 shall submit a capital construction plan to the board of education of its chartering school district.  The plan shall include:

(a) A statement of reasons why the capital construction to be financed by bonded indebtedness or a special or additional mill levy is necessary;

(b) A description of the capital construction to be financed by bonded indebtedness or revenues from a special or additional mill levy;

(c) A description of the architectural, functional, and construction standards that meet applicable state building code requirements and are to be applied to each facility that is the subject of the capital construction project;

(d) An estimate of the total cost of completing the capital construction to be financed by bonded indebtedness or a special or additional mill levy and, if any moneys other than proceeds of bonded indebtedness or a special or additional mill levy and interest earned on such proceeds are to be used to finance the capital construction, a breakdown of the moneys that will be used to finance the capital construction;

(e) An estimate of the amount of time needed to complete the capital construction;

(f) A statement addressing whether construction and renovation, payment of overrun costs, and other capital construction project issues are to be managed by the charter school or the district, with costs for management to be negotiated by the charter school and the district;

(g) A statement of reasons why revenue sources other than bonded indebtedness or a special or additional mill levy are inadequate to fully finance the capital construction;  and

(h) A statement of the charter school's preferred means of obtaining moneys.

(4)(a)(I) The board of education of a school district shall review a capital construction plan submitted by a charter school pursuant to subsection (3) of this section and determine the priority of the charter school capital construction need in relation to the capital construction needs of other schools in the district.  If the charter school's capital construction plan remedies shortcomings in the charter school's facilities identified in the financial assistance priority assessment of public school facilities created pursuant to section 22-43.7-108 , or, when the assessment created pursuant to section 22-43.7-108 is no longer valid, in another assessment using similar criteria for all schools in the district, the board of education shall prioritize a charter school's capital construction needs in the school district's long-range plan and include those needs in the current ballot question in the upcoming election if the charter school's facility needs receive a higher priority assessment than the other schools in the district.

(II) Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection (4) concerning the prioritization of a charter school's capital construction plan and inclusion in a district ballot question for approval of bonded indebtedness, the board of education of a school district and a charter school may agree to an alternative financial plan that addresses a charter school's facilities needs, including retiring financial obligations or bonds previously issued for the benefit of the charter school.

(III)(A) Nothing in this subsection (4) shall require a school district to prioritize the capital construction plan of a charter school that is on probation with the district or that has been authorized within the previous five years.

(B) The board of education of a school district may require a charter school to certify that school construction to be financed with bond proceeds in accordance with this section will remediate a shortcoming in the charter school's facilities identified pursuant to section 22-43.7-108 , and that any construction will conform to any construction guidelines established pursuant to 22-43.7-107.

(C) Notwithstanding the provisions of sub-subparagraph (A) of this subparagraph (III), the board of education of a school district and a charter school may agree to reserve or escrow funds for the benefit of the charter school.

(IV) The board of education shall notify the charter school in writing whether the school district has prioritized the charter school's capital construction needs for inclusion in the ballot question at the upcoming election no later than sixty days prior to the date by which the school district is required to certify the ballot question to the county clerk and recorder.

(b) If the board has prioritized the charter school capital construction needs pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection (4) for inclusion in the ballot question at the upcoming election, the board shall include the charter school's capital construction in the same ballot question being submitted by the district for approval of bonded indebtedness in accordance with subsection (5) of this section.

(c) If the board has not prioritized the charter school's capital construction needs for inclusion in the ballot question at the upcoming election, the board shall provide the charter school with a written statement specifying the reasons for excluding the needs, and the charter school shall have an opportunity to address any issues raised by the board.

(5) When a district includes a charter school's capital construction in a district ballot question seeking approval of bonded indebtedness:

(b) The board and the charter school shall agree to the process by which the bond proceeds and investment and interest earnings on such proceeds shall be distributed to the charter school prior to submitting the ballot question to the voters of the school district;

(c) The investment and interest earnings on bond proceeds shall be distributed on a pro rata basis to the participating charter school after management fees have been collected;  and

(d) The costs of submitting the ballot question shall be borne by both the district and the charter school in proportion to their respective portions of the total bond proceeds to be received unless the board and the charter school agree to a different cost-sharing arrangement.

(5.5) If a charter school requests that a school district submit a ballot question for approval of a special mill levy to the voters of the district pursuant to section 22-30.5-405 , the charter school shall agree to pay all costs of submitting the ballot question.  Notwithstanding this requirement, if the board of the district submits a separate special mill levy ballot question on the same ballot as a ballot question for approval of bonded indebtedness, the costs of submitting the special mill levy ballot question shall be borne as agreed upon by the school district and the charter school.

(6)(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, no bonds shall be issued for the purpose of financing charter school capital construction unless the charter school that is to receive bond proceeds and the district have entered into a contract specifying that, if the charter school's charter is revoked or not renewed, the charter school becomes insolvent and can no longer operate as a charter school, or the charter school otherwise ceases to operate, following payment of all other debts secured by the capital construction, the ownership of any capital construction financed by the bond proceeds shall automatically revert to the school district.

(b) The charter school shall not encumber any capital construction financed by bond revenues 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 such denial.


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