REPORT TITLE:
School Repairs and Maintenance


DESCRIPTION:
Increases the school-level minor repairs and maintenance accounts
from $8,000 to $20,000 per school; allows these school-level
accounts to be used for minor improvements; and allows principals
to hire the department of accounting and general services to
perform these services. (SD2)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           S.D. 2
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

RELATING TO SCHOOL REPAIRS, MAINTENANCE, AND IMPROVEMENTS.



BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature recognizes that any recurring or
 
 2 outstanding problems affecting the health, safety, and well-being
 
 3 of Hawaii's public school students are detrimental to academic
 
 4 achievement and student learning.  In an ongoing effort to
 
 5 address the repair and maintenance needs of the public schools,
 
 6 the Sixteenth Legislature enacted Act 296, Session Laws of Hawaii
 
 7 1992.  Act 296 required the department of education to establish
 
 8 school-level minor repairs and maintenance accounts and
 
 9 distributed $8,000 to each of the two hundred thirty-six public
 
10 schools for this purpose.
 
11      Through Act 296, school principals are empowered with more
 
12 discretion and flexibility in responding to and resolving their
 
13 school's repair and maintenance needs.  Greater school
 
14 empowerment has resulted in principals responding to their
 
15 school's repair and maintenance needs in a more efficient and
 
16 timely manner.  The legislature also recognizes that further
 
17 efforts to support the upkeep of school facilities and grounds
 
18 will contribute to a positive and conducive learning environment
 
19 for Hawaii's students.
 

 
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 1      The purpose of this Act is to increase the school-level
 
 2 minor repair and maintenance accounts from $8,000 to $20,000 per
 
 3 school; to allow principals to hire the department of accounting
 
 4 and general services to perform these services; to allow these
 
 5 school-level accounts to be used for minor improvements; and to
 
 6 appropriate funds for fiscal years 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 to
 
 7 fund these school-level accounts.
 
 8      SECTION 2.   Section 302A-1504, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 
 9 amended to read as follows:
 
10      "[[]302A-1504[]]  School-level minor repairs [and],
 
11 maintenance, and improvements accounts.(a)  The department
 
12 shall establish school-level minor repairs [and], maintenance,
 
13 and improvements accounts for the use of each public school,
 
14 which shall not exceed [$8,000] $20,000 per school.  The accounts
 
15 shall be comprised of funds appropriated to the department for
 
16 school-level minor repairs [and], maintenance, and improvements
 
17 and shall not be used for any other purpose, nor shall any other
 
18 funds be deposited into the accounts.  Notwithstanding section
 
19 40-66 to the contrary, any funds appropriated for this purpose
 
20 which are unencumbered or unexpended at the close of each fiscal
 
21 year shall not lapse into the general fund.
 
22      (b)  Funds in this account shall be expended at the
 
23 direction of the school principal to contract for minor repairs
 

 
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 1 [and maintenance.  Any funds appropriated for this purpose that
 
 2 are unencumbered at the close of each fiscal year shall lapse
 
 3 into the general fund.], maintenance, and improvements; provided
 
 4 that the principal may request that the department of accounting
 
 5 and general services perform these services and such amounts as
 
 6 may be necessary may be transferred from the school accounts to
 
 7 the department of accounting and general services.  All
 
 8 expenditures and transfers from these accounts shall be exempt
 
 9 from chapter 103D.
 
10      (c)  Each school principal, through the superintendent,
 
11 shall submit a report annually to the department of accounting
 
12 and general services on expenditures and transfers made from this
 
13 account.  The department of accounting and general services shall
 
14 submit to the legislature twenty days prior to the convening of
 
15 each regular session, a report of expenditures and transfers made
 
16 by the schools and the department of accounting and general
 
17 services, by departmental school district."
 
18      SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 
19 New statutory material is underscored.
 
20      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.