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SF 2907

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/06/2018 08:36am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education; addressing school safety and student support, including
modifications to crisis management information, review and comment submissions,
and allowable uses of safe schools levy; increasing safe schools levy authority;
codifying the support our students grant program; appropriating money; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 121A.035, subdivision 2; 123B.71, subdivision
9; 126C.44.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 121A.035, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

School district and charter school policy.

A school board and a charter school
must adopt a crisis management policy to address potential violent crisis situations in the
district or charter school. The policy must be developed cooperatively with administrators,
teachers, employees, students, parents, community members, law enforcement agencies,
other emergency management officials, county attorney offices, social service agencies,
emergency medical responders, and any other appropriate individuals or organizations. The
policy must include at least five school lock-down drills, five school fire drills consistent
with section 299F.30, and one tornado drill.new text begin The school board and charter school must
publish a summary of the policy in its student handbook and on the school's Web site.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the 2018-2019 school year and later.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 123B.71, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Information required.

A school board proposing to construct, expand, or
remodel a facility that requires a review and comment under subdivision 8 shall submit to
the commissioner a proposal containing information including at least the following:

(1) the geographic area and population to be served, preschool through grade 12 student
enrollments for the past five years, and student enrollment projections for the next five
years;

(2) a list of existing facilities by year constructed, their uses, and an assessment of the
extent to which alternate facilities are available within the school district boundaries and in
adjacent school districts;

(3) a list of the specific deficiencies of the facility that demonstrate the need for a new
or renovated facility to be provided, the process used to determine the deficiencies, a list
of those deficiencies that will and will not be addressed by the proposed project, and a list
of the specific benefits that the new or renovated facility will provide to the students, teachers,
and community users served by the facility;

(4) a description of the project, including the specification of site and outdoor space
acreage and square footage allocations for classrooms, laboratories, and support spaces;
estimated expenditures for the major portions of the project; and the dates the project will
begin and be completed;

(5) a specification of the source of financing the project, including applicable statutory
citations; the scheduled date for a bond issue or school board action; a schedule of payments,
including debt service equalization aid; and the effect of a bond issue on local property
taxes by the property class and valuation; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(6) documents obligating the school district and contractors to comply with items (i) to
(vii) in planning and executing the project:

(i) section 471.345 governing municipal contracts;

(ii) sustainable design;

(iii) school facility commissioning under section 123B.72 certifying the plans and designs
for the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and air filtration for an extensively renovated
or new facility meet or exceed current code standards, including the ASHRAE air filtration
standard 52.1;

(iv) American National Standards Institute Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design
Requirements and Guidelines for Schools on maximum background noise level and
reverberation times;

(v) State Fire Code;

(vi) chapter 326B governing building codes; and

(vii) consultation with affected government units about the impact of the project on
utilities, roads, sewers, sidewalks, retention ponds, school bus and automobile traffic, access
to mass transit, and safe access for pedestrians and cyclistsdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (7) a description of how the new or renovated facility will protect students and staff
from violence.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for proposals submitted to the
commissioner of education after June 30, 2018.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 126C.44, is amended to read:


126C.44 SAFE SCHOOLS LEVY.

(a) Each district may make a levy on all taxable property located within the district for
the purposes specified in this section. The maximum amount which may be levied for all
costs under this section shall be equal to deleted text begin$36deleted text endnew text begin $72new text end multiplied by the district's adjusted pupil
units for the school year. The proceeds of the levy must be reserved and used for directly
funding the following purposes or for reimbursing the cities and counties who contract with
the district for the following purposes:

(1) to pay the costs incurred for the salaries, benefits, and transportation costs of peace
officers and sheriffs for liaison in services in the district's schools;

(2) to pay the costs for a drug abuse prevention program as defined in section 609.101,
subdivision 3
, paragraph (e), in the elementary schools;

(3) to pay the costs for a gang resistance education training curriculum in the district's
schools;

(4) to pay the costs for security in the district's schools and on school property;

(5) to pay the costs for other crime prevention, drug abuse, student and staff safety,
voluntary opt-in suicide prevention tools, and violence prevention measures taken by the
school district;

(6) to pay costs for licensed school counselors, licensed school nurses, licensed school
social workers, licensed school psychologists, and licensed alcohol and chemical dependency
counselors to help provide early responses to problems;

(7) to pay for facility security enhancements including laminated glass, public
announcement systems, new text begininterior classroom security enhancements, new text endemergency
communications devices, and equipment and facility modifications related to violence
prevention and facility security;

(8) to pay for costs associated with improving the school climate; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(9) to pay costs for colocating and collaborating with mental health professionals who
are not district employees or contractorsdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (10) to pay the costs of enhancing cybersecurity in the district's information systems.
new text end

(b) For expenditures under paragraph (a), clause (1), the district must initially attempt
to contract for services to be provided by peace officers or sheriffs with the police department
of each city or the sheriff's department of the county within the district containing the school
receiving the services. If a local police department or a county sheriff's department does
not wish to provide the necessary services, the district may contract for these services with
any other police or sheriff's department located entirely or partially within the school district's
boundaries.

(c) A school district that is a member of an intermediate school district may include in
its authority under this section the costs associated with safe schools activities authorized
under paragraph (a) for intermediate school district programs. This authority must not exceed
deleted text begin $15deleted text endnew text begin $.......new text end times the adjusted pupil units of the member districts. This authority is in addition
to any other authority authorized under this section. Revenue raised under this paragraph
must be transferred to the intermediate school district.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for revenue in fiscal year 2019 and later.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Department of Education. new text end

new text begin The sum indicated in this section is
appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of education for the fiscal year
designated.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Support our students grant program. new text end

new text begin (a) For grants to eligible schools under
the support our students grant program:
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 22,000,000
new text end
new text begin .....
new text end
new text begin 2019
new text end

new text begin (b) To the extent practicable, the commissioner should allot amounts in each year of the
six-year grant period to ensure that adequate funds are available for the entirety of the grant.
Up to $100,000 in each fiscal year may be retained by the commissioner for administration
of the grant program. The base in fiscal year 2020 and later is $22,000,000.
new text end

new text begin (c) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the fiscal year 2019
appropriation is available until June 30, 2024. Any remaining balance shall cancel to the
general fund.
new text end

Sec. 5. new text beginREVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.
new text end

new text begin The revisor of statutes shall codify Laws 2016, chapter 189, article 25, section 56, in
the next publication of Minnesota Statutes.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2018.
new text end