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The State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF) Should Be Retained; Some Modifications Could Be Made, Report No. 17-04, January 2017
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  • The State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF) are part of the Florida Building Code. SREF requirements apply to construction, renovation, and remodeling of public educational facilities owned by district school boards and Florida College System boards of trustees. This review focused on K-12 public school construction.
  • We did not identify a compelling reason to eliminate the SREF. The vast majority of school districts (55) believe that the SREF provides value and should be retained.
  • Twenty-six districts recommended modifications to specific SREF requirements that they believed would reduce construction costs without affecting student safety, although there was little consensus among the districts concerning which requirements to modify and how to do so. After evaluating the recommendations, we identified 10 that the Legislature may wish to consider. However, these modifications would result in minimal cost savings and each has potential drawbacks.
  • In addition, several districts expressed concern about the requirement that districts pay for upgrades necessary to have schools function as community emergency shelters and about the appropriateness of current space standards for educational facilities.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Professional Regulation
Educational Facilities

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-02 Special Facility Construction Projects Appear Needed, but Have Excess Capacity,published in January 2011.
  • Report No. 09-25 More State Direction Could Increase the Utilization of Higher Education Classrooms,published in April 2009.
  • Report No. 07-29 School Districts Are Reducing Class Size in Several Ways; May Be Able to Reduce Costs,published in May 2007.
  • Report No. 06-31 Higher Education Facility Construction Costs Are Reasonable; Some Improvements Could Maximize Use of Campus Classroom Space,published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-30 State Higher Education Facility Planning Process Is Designed Reasonably Well; Current Formulas May Inaccurately Portray Projected Needs,published in March 2006.

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