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Policy 6910

Construction Financing

The board will attempt to add moneys to the capital projects fund regularly in such amounts as
are available and appropriate to the district’s needs as projected by the facilities master plan.
Moneys in that fund which are not immediately needed will be invested in those securities
permitted by law which will provide maximum return to the fund. In addition to those moneys,
the board may consider non-voter approved debt within statutory limits and the board will seek
authority from district electors to issue bonds or levy a special capital improvements property tax
assessment for school construction when specific projects are anticipated. The board will also
seek matching funds from the Superintendent of Public Instruction to the maximum extent
available as well as any federal funds that may be available.

State School Construction Funds

Immediately after the board has approved the initiation of a construction project, the
superintendent will notify the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the board’s intent. All
studies, notices and other requirements established by the Superintendent of Public Instruction as
conditions for eligibility for state construction grants will be completed by the superintendent.

Non-Voter Approved Debt

If the board decides it is prudent, it may authorize the issuance of non-voter approved debt
within statutory limits to purchase facility sites; improve energy efficiency of buildings; or
acquire, remodel or repair school facilities. Statute limits non-voter approved school district debt
to three-eighths of one percent of the value of the taxable land within the district.

Bonds

If the board determines that there are insufficient moneys in the building fund for a construction
project, the board chooses not to authorize an election for a capital levy, and the district’s limit on
bonded indebtedness has not been reached, the board will authorize an election to seek the
approval of voters to issue bonds in the amount needed for the project.

The legal requirements for bond elections and subsequent issuance and redemption of bonds will
be met. The resolution adopted by the board calling for the bond election will specify the
purposes of the bond including the specific buildings to be constructed or remodeled and any
other purposes authorized in RCW 28A.530.010. The board resolution will also describe the
specific purposes the board anticipates for using any state financing assistance, if any. If
circumstances alter the purposes for which the board believes it is in the best interest of the
district to use the state funds or those raised through the bond, the board will conduct a public
hearing to consider the circumstances and to receive public testimony. At a meeting subsequent
to the public hearing the board may either amend its original resolution or adopt a new one
describing the specific purposes to which the state and/or bond funds will be put.
Upon the sale of bonds duly authorized as prescribed by law, the proceeds will be credited by the
county treasurer to the appropriate fund of the district.
Notice of intent to apply for state school construction funds will be submitted to the
Superintendent of Public Instruction prior to submitting a bond proposal to district voters.

Legal References:

RCW 28A.320.310 Investment of building funds — Restrictions
RCW 28A.525.020 Duties of superintendent of public instruction
RCW 28A.525.080 Federal funds for school plant facilities —Rules
RCW 28A.530.030 Disposition of bond proceeds — Capital projects fund
RCW 28A.530.080 Additional authority to contract indebtedness — Notice
RCW 39.36.020 Limitation of indebtedness prescribed
WAC 392-123-180 Bond Proceeds

 

La Center School District Adoption Date: December 19, 2017

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