Outside Section 211
Data Current as of: 10/17/2014
The Massachusetts School Building Authority, in collaboration with the department of elementary and secondary education, shall complete a report on the Massachusetts School Building Authority program. The report shall: (i) highlight and assess the program's progress since its creation in meeting the school construction and renovation needs of public school districts; (ii) estimate the number of construction and renovation projects eligible for support through the program over the next 5 years; (iii) estimate the financial capacity of the program over the next 5 years to support suitable projects; (iv) identify any deficit or surplus in projected financial resources in meeting the demand for eligible projects; (v) identify public education capital improvement project types including, but not limited to, education technology, school security, environmental health and energy efficiency, with the greatest current unmet need that are not currently eligible for financial support through the program; (vi) make recommendations regarding new project types that should be considered eligible for Massachusetts School Building Authority support; (vii) make recommendations of changes to the Massachusetts School Building Authority's existing financing model to meet unmet need for projects currently eligible for support and project types not currently eligible for support; and (viii) make other recommendations as necessary with the goal of improving the commonwealth's ability to support capital needs of public schools. The report, and any recommended legislative changes, shall be submitted to the executive office for administration and finance, the joint committee on education and the house and senate committees on ways and means, not later than March 16, 2015.