OPSC Holds Stakeholder Meeting to Review Career Technical Education Facility Program
Although the State Allocation Board (SAB) did not meet in July, the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) convened a meeting to discuss the Career Technical Education Facilities Program (CTEFP) on Wednesday July 24th. Specifically, the stakeholder meeting was intended to discuss the funding order of the CTEFP for potential future amendments to the School Facility Program (SFP) regulations.
OPSC stated that, “Stakeholders have expressed concern about the equity of the CTEFP funding order, specifically about the assignment of the NCES Town Locale codes to the SFP definition of a Suburban Area. In addition, stakeholders have expressed an interest in considering a return to the Service Region funding model that was used in the first and second CTEFP funding cycles.” OPSC staff has developed multiple funding scenarios and indicated how they would affect funding distribution relative to urban, suburban and rural schools. The purpose of the stakeholder meeting was to solicit input from school facility practitioners concerning the most equitable option to inform future amendments to SFP regulations should the OPSC decide that amendments are necessary.
While a few urban and suburban school districts testified about how the current model disadvantages their districts, the majority of those who testified were from rural school districts who expressed concern about having a higher score than other projects but not having their project approved as a result of the current model. After receiving this input, OPSC staff will consider the comments and schedule a follow-up meeting in about three weeks (the meeting has not yet been scheduled, but will be soon). For more specifics about the various scenarios, you can refer to OPSC’s analysis (see attachments “I”, “J” and “K”).
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~ CASH Staff