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Special Facility Construction Projects Appear Needed, but Have Excess Capacity, Report No. 11-02, January 2011
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The Special Facility Construction Program provides financial assistance to school districts that lack the resources to address urgent construction needs. The Department of Education has followed statutory requirements in administering the program. Although funded projects appeared to be needed, most schools built with program funds were larger than justified given the number of students currently enrolled. Unused student stations resulted in nearly $108 million in additional construction costs. There are several options the Legislature could consider to improve program effectiveness.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Educational Facilities
Public Schools (K-12 Education)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 17-04 The State Requirements for Educational Facilities (SREF) Should Be Retained; Some Modifications Could Be Made,published in January 2017.
  • 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. 04-26 With Effective Planning, Accountability, and Oversight, School Districts Can Successfully Outsource Services,published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 03-62 School Districts Can Take Steps to Reduce Facility Operating Costs Through Conservation, Productivity,published in November 2003.

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