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PART Ed 321 SCHOOL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION (Formerly Ed 305)
Ed 321.01 Purpose. The purpose of Ed 321 is to provide requirements and standards for the construction of any facility to be used for the purpose of providing education to pupils in grades kindergarten through grade 12, and to provide requirements for how school building aid will be paid for that construction.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.02 Definitions. Except where the context makes another meaning clear, the following words have the meaning indicated when used in Ed 321:
(a) "Buildable land" means land upon which a school building, parking lot, or school playing field can be built. Wetlands, including required setbacks from wetlands; areas with slopes in excess of 60 percent areas with extensive amounts of bedrock within 6 feet of the surface; and sites known to be contaminated with hazardous materials are not buildable land.
(b) "Construction cost" means the total cost of labor and materials for the construction of the foundation, erection of the structure, finish work, and the installation of equipment integral to the operation of building systems.
(c) "Core space" means those spaces in a school facility that:
(1) Serve a general function to operate the building;
(2) Provide the overall academic program; or
(3) Are used by the majority of students and staff as support space, or in some cases, educational space.
(d) "Department" means the New Hampshire department of education.
(e) "Design capacity" means the maximum total number of students intended to be educated in a school building following completion of a construction project.
(f) "Educational capacity of a school building" means the sum of the maximum number of students that can be simultaneously instructed in every educational space of the building using the minimum space allocations specified in Ed 321.10.
(g) "Educational space" means those parts of a school building to which pupils are assigned for instructional purposes.
(h) "General purpose classroom" means an educational space intended for the instruction of a group of students that is suitable for teaching a variety of subjects and that requires no special permanently installed equipment or unusually large spaces.
(i) "Multi-purpose space" means areas within a school building that are used at different times for educational purposes and for support purposes.
(j) "New construction" means construction work that results in the creation of a new building or additional space in an existing building. Work involving upgrades to existing space or conversion of the use of existing space is renovation, not new construction.
(k) "Relocatable classroom" means a supplementary educational facility intended for temporary use, generally fabricated off site, in one or more sections, and moved to and erected at the desired location.
(l) "Renovation" means work involving upgrades to existing space in a building or conversion of the use of existing space in a building.
(m) "School building aid" means the annual grant for the payment of debt service for school construction under RSA 198:15-a, or under RSA 198:15-u through 15-w.
(n) "Substantial renovation" means:
(1) Construction done for the purpose of renewing a building that is valued at an amount greater than 25 percent of the cost to replace the building;
(2) To repair and bring the building back to new or good condition; or
(3) To prepare space for a new or different use.
(o) "Sufficient or adequate" means an amount of space, time, or material that will enable a particular function to proceed as intended without restriction or impediment from the size or condition of the physical facility, according to variations in enrollment, staffing, program, or level of instruction from one school to another.
(p) "Support space" means those parts of a school building that are generally not used for instruction or rarely used for instruction.
(q) "Total cost" means the cost of all related land, labor and materials authorized by RSA 198:15-b, IV for construction costs.
(r) "Utilization rate" means the extent to which school buildings are used by comparing actual student enrollment to the educational capacity of the school.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.03 Minimum Standards for School Sites.
(a) A school site shall have safe access, parking, drainage, security, and sufficient buildable area to accommodate a school facility that complies with the minimum gross site sizes as described in Ed 321.03 (f).
(b) There shall be access for emergency vehicles from at least 2 directions.
(c) The first occupied floor of school buildings located within a 100 year flood plain shall be constructed at an elevation at least one foot higher than the base flood elevation for a 100 year flood at that location.
(d) Prior to acquisition of a site, the school district shall have surveys conducted to ascertain, as much as practicable, that past use of the site has not resulted in conditions hazardous to public health, public safety, or to the environment, or matters of interest for historical preservation under RSA 227-C that cannot be adequately removed, abated, or mitigated.
(e) The following shall not be considered buildable land for the purpose of comparing a given site to the minimum site sizes in Ed 321.03 or to the maximum site sizes in Ed 321.04:
(1) Wetlands, including required setbacks from wetlands;
(2) Areas with slopes in excess of 60 percent;
(3) Areas with extensive amounts of bedrock within 6 feet of the surface; and
(4) Sites known to be contaminated with hazardous materials.
(f) The minimum site size approvable for school building aid for new construction, including additions to existing buildings, for elementary schools, middle schools and junior high schools, and senior high schools shall be as follows:
(1) For an elementary school the minimum site size shall be 5 acres of contiguous buildable land, plus one additional acre for each 100 students or fraction thereof for the design capacity of the school building;
(2) For a middle school or junior high school the minimum site size shall be 10 acres of contiguous buildable land, plus one additional acre for each 100 students or fraction thereof for the design capacity of the school building;
(3) For a high school the minimum site size shall be 15 contiguous acres of buildable land, plus one additional acre for each 100 students or fraction thereof for the design capacity of the school building; and
(4) In all cases, if the design capacity of the core space is greater than the design capacity of the educational space, the site size shall reflect the higher number.
(g) Whenever a district has a school site that does not meet the site size requirements in Ed 321.03(f) for a new building or an addition to an existing building, the school board may request a waiver for the minimum site size under Ed 321.30.
(h) The school board shall provide the following information in its request for a waiver:
(1) A site utilization plan showing all pertinent features for meeting the requirements of the educational specifications that includes:
a. The location for parking;
b. Out-of-door play areas;
c. Other municipal playing fields; and
d. Any other spaces available for student use;
(2) A long-range plan for any planned expansion of future spaces, such as additions, playing fields, parking lots and any other spaces available for student use; and
(3) Any pertinent data relative to land values and the availability of other property, contiguous or not, that can be acquired to enlarge a school site.
(i) Renovations and substantial renovations apply only to buildings and specifically shall not include site improvements or modifications as those terms are defined in Ed 303.02(l) and (n).
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.04 Maximum Standards for School Building Aid for Land Acquisition.
(a) School building aid for land acquisition for projects that either begin construction or for which bonds are sold after July 1, 2005 shall be limited to the cost of:
(1) Ten acres of buildable land plus one acre for every 100 students or fraction thereof for elementary schools;
(2) Twenty acres of buildable land plus one acre for every 100 students or fraction thereof for middle schools; and
(3) Thirty acres of buildable land plus one acre for every 100 students or fraction thereof for high schools under RSA 198:15-b, VII (b) (2).
(b) Wetlands, including required setbacks, areas with slopes in excess of 60 percent, areas with extensive amounts of bedrock within 6 feet of the surface, or sites known to be contaminated with hazardous materials shall not be considered buildable land for the purpose of comparing a given site to the minimum or maximum site sizes in Ed 321.03 or Ed 321.04.
(c) For the purposes of Ed 321.04, design capacity shall be based upon reasonable enrollment projections developed through a statistically valid process. In approved situations, educational space may be built to one design capacity while core space is built to a larger capacity in anticipation of future expansion. The design capacity may be increased to allow for a utilization rate of less than 100 percent.
(d) Renovations and substantial renovations shall apply only to buildings and specifically shall not include site improvements or modifications, as those terms are defined in Ed 305.02(l) and (n).
(e) A school board may request a waiver under Ed 321.30 for the maximum amount of school building aid to which its district is entitled for land acquisition.
(f) For purposes of this section, every acre of land in a contiguous building site shall be assumed to have equal value which shall be determined by dividing the total cost of the land by the number of buildable acres.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.05 Building Aid for School Sites and School Site Development.
(a) Aid payments on the purchase price or development costs of a school site shall not begin prior to the authorization of a building project for that site by the legislative body of the school district.
(b) Aid payments shall be made on land acquisitions financed only by the actual expenditure of funds appropriated from taxation. Development costs on these parcels and those acquired by other means and incurred as a consequence of a school building project shall be eligible for aid, however.
(c) Aid payments on school sites or school site development shall, upon approval by the department, follow the same protocol as aid payments for building projects, so that reimbursement shall be made over the purchase financing period or over 5 years, whichever is longer. Aid payments shall be made in accordance with RSA 198:15-b.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.06 Maximum Sizes for School Buildings. For school construction projects that either begin construction or for which bonds are sold after July 1, 2005, school building aid for new school buildings or additions to existing school buildings shall be limited to the following under RSA 198:15-b, VII (b) (1):
(a) Elementary schools 120 square feet/pupil.
(b) Middle schools and junior high schools 140 square feet/pupil.
(c) High schools, not including space in regional vocational centers, 160 square feet/pupil.
(d) School buildings with a design capacity of less than 250 students shall be allowed 144 square feet/pupil for an elementary school, 168 square feet/pupil for a middle school, and 192 square feet/pupil for a high school.
(e) Individual buildings that house combinations of 2 or more levels shall be subject to the limits for the highest level to be housed in the building.
(f) For construction of additions to existing buildings, the above limits shall be applied to the size of the entire building following completion of the addition. Conditions in the existing building that cause the total project to exceed the maximum size limits shall constitute sufficient justification for a waiver of the limits as authorized by RSA 198:15-b, VII,(d), provided that the size of the newly constructed space is consistent with similar spaces in an entirely new building that meets the limits.
(g) The above limits shall be waived by the commissioner of the department or the commissioner's designee upon a written request for a waiver from the school district under Ed 321.30, and after making a finding of good cause. A finding of good cause shall be based upon a determination by the commissioner of the department or the commissioner’s designee that approval of the request for a waiver will not compromise the quality of education required in Ed 306 or is the best use of available resources.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.07 Design Standards.
(a) For the purposes of standards for school sites and construction projects for school buildings, design capacity shall be based upon reasonable enrollment projections developed through a statistically valid process.
(b) In approved situations, educational space may be built to one design capacity while core space is built to a larger capacity in anticipation of future expansion. The design capacity may be increased to allow for a utilization rate of less than 100 percent.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.08 Standards for Educational Capacity of a School Building.
(a) Spaces currently used as educational space, but not designed as such, shall not be included in determining the educational capacity of a school building. Space in temporary or relocatable facilities shall not be included in determining the educational capacity of a school building.
(b) The educational capacity of a school building shall be based upon the physical dimensions of the educational spaces. Educational capacity shall not be reduced by applying a limit to the number of students in a class even though district policy may establish maximum class sizes.
(c) The definition of educational capacity in Ed 321.02(f) and the provisions of Ed 321.08 shall not preclude districts from establishing local policies concerning the maximum number of students in a particular class provided, however, that such policies shall not be taken into account when determining the educational capacity of a school building.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.09 Calculating Utilization Rate. The utilization rate of a school building shall be calculated by dividing the actual enrollment by the educational capacity and expressing the figure as a percentage. A 100 percent utilization rate means that every seat in every educational space is occupied for the majority of time throughout the school day. A 100 percent utilization rate shall not be required.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.10 Standards for Educational Space.
(a) Educational space shall include, but not be limited to, classrooms, gymnasiums, and libraries.
(b) School facilities shall provide educational space sufficient to meet the requirements identified in the educational specifications in Ed 321 and the New Hampshire minimum standards for public school approval as specified in Ed 306.
(c) Approval of the size of classrooms or instructional spaces shall be determined by the acceptable number of square feet per student established in Ed 321.10( g)-(k), multiplied by the total projected number of the class or group or the minimum size specified in Ed 321.10 whichever is larger.
(d) The commissioner of the department or the commissioner's designee shall waive the requirements of Ed 321.10 when sufficient justification has been provided by the requesting school district under Ed 321.30. A finding of sufficient justification shall be based upon a determination by the commissioner of the department or the commissioner’s designee that approval of the request for a waiver will not compromise the quality of education required in Ed 306 or is the best use of available resources.
(e) Every educational space shall contain a seat and work surface for each student, teacher, and teacher's aide, appropriate for the normal activity conducted in that space.
(f) Every general purpose classroom shall:
(1) Contain an erasable surface of at least 32 square feet and a surface suitable for projection purposes; and
(2) Be furnished with:
a. Desks for students and teachers;
b. Bookshelves; and
c. Other common furniture and equipment.
(g) A kindergarten classroom shall provide at least 1,000 square feet, including storage, or 50 square feet per child, whichever is greater.
(h) For the elementary, middle and junior high schools, a general purpose classroom shall provide a minimum of 900 square feet, including storage, or 36 square feet per child, whichever is greater.
(i) For high schools, a general purpose classroom shall contain a minimum of 800 square feet, including storage, or 32 square feet per student, whichever is greater.
(j) Library-media centers shall be sized at 40 square feet per student for 10 percent of the core space design capacity or a minimum of 1800 square feet.
(k) Science laboratories and combination lab-classrooms shall be sized according to the joint recommendation of the National Association of Science Teachers and the Laboratory Safety Institute at 45 square feet per pupil for separate labs and 60 square feet per pupil for combination lab-classrooms or a minimum of 900 square feet for separate labs and 1200 square feet for combination lab-classrooms. There shall be a maximum of 24 laboratory work stations, at least one of which shall be suitable for students with disabilities and in compliance with RSA 275-C.
(l) When an area in a school building is used as multi-purpose space, standards for educational space shall take precedence over standards for support space. Multi-purpose space includes, but is not limited to, an area used for physical education that becomes the dining area at meal time.
(m) Required educational space shall not be reduced or eliminated in order to provide additional support space or space for extracurricular activities.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.11 Special Education Space.
(a) In addition to the requirements of Ed 321.10, space shall be provided in every school to meet the unique requirements of special education students, and to meet the requirements of Ed 1119.06.
(b) Exclusive use space shall be provided for speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and private counseling. Physical and occupational therapy may be co-located.
(c) The minimum total amount of exclusive use space for special education shall be 600 square feet. An area for private meetings with parents and staff shall be available, although it need not be used exclusively for special education use.
(d) Locked, fire proof containers shall be provided for record storage.
(e) A private office shall be provided for the special education coordinator if there is a position on the school staff.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.12 Standards for Support Space.
(a) Support space shall include, but is not limited to, offices, the nurse suite, kitchens, cafeterias, teacher preparation areas, gym locker rooms, team rooms, weight training rooms, storage areas, parking, and restrooms.
(b) The following standards shall apply to offices:
(1) The school principal, each assistant principal, and each guidance counselor shall be provided a private office;
(2) The chief building maintenance individual, chief food service individual, and each administrative staff person shall be provided with administrative space exclusive of storage space and waiting areas;
(3) All offices and administrative areas shall be provided with sufficient furniture appropriate to the work performed at that location; and
(4) The minimum total amount of administrative office space in a school building shall be 1200 square feet. The minimum size shall be based on an administrative staff of 6 individuals. For schools with more than 6 staff members who require office space, the minimum total amount of administrative office space shall be increased by 120 square feet for each additional person requiring a private office and by 60 square feet for each additional person in an open office arrangement.
(c) The following standards shall apply in schools that have a school nurse:
(1) The nurse shall be provided with:
a. Exclusive administrative space;
b. A waiting area;
c. Space for examining patients that includes a sink with hot and cold water;
d. Secure dry and refrigerated storage for medications; and
e. A patient isolation area which includes one cot for every 200 pupils in the design capacity;
(2) A separate restroom shall be provided which meets current accessibility requirements; and
(3) The minimum size of the nurse suite shall be 625 square feet for schools with a design capacity greater than 750 pupils. The minimum size of the nurse suite for schools with a design capacity of 750 pupils or less shall be 300 square feet.
(d) The following standards shall apply to kitchens and cafeterias:
(1) The kitchen and cafeteria shall be sized so as to allow each student a minimum of 10 minutes, not including serving time, to sit at a table and consume his or her meal during a specified lunch period;
(2) The cafeteria shall be sized based upon 12-15 square feet per student for the maximum number of diners in any given lunch period. The throughput of the serving line or lines shall ensure that all students can be served in the allotted time and that no student has to wait for a seat to become vacant before eating; and
(3) The kitchen shall be of sufficient size to allow the proper installation of all necessary equipment with the necessary spacing between appliances to meet the applicable safety requirements as specified by the manufacturer, the state building code under RSA 155-A, .and the New Hampshire department of labor.
(e) Each teacher shall be provided with at least 64 square feet of shared administrative space to be used for lesson preparation and grading student work during periods when that teacher is not conducting classroom instruction. Shared administrative space shall include a desk or other work surface, a seat, and task lighting. This requirement may be fulfilled within educational space if that space is exclusively assigned to one teacher.
(f) Sufficient lockers, changing areas, and showers shall be provided for the maximum number of students in any scheduled physical education class for grades 7-12.
(g) One team room may be provided for each athletic team in season.
(h) One weight training room may be provided for grades 9-12.
(i) The following standards shall apply to storage space:
(1) Each student and staff member shall be provided with adequate space to store outer garments, books, and other personal items for the duration of the school day. Food service workers, custodians, and other staff who require special clothing shall be provided sufficient storage as required;
(2) Sufficient storage space shall be provided for general office supplies, text books, classroom equipment and similar items as required for administrative purposes;
(3) Sufficient space shall be provided to properly store athletic equipment, musical instruments, uniforms and other items of school property used by students or activities;
(4) Sufficient storage shall be provided to properly store cleaning supplies, tools, spare parts, unused furniture, equipment not in use, and other like items required for custodial activities;
(5) Adequate dry and cold storage shall be provided to meet the requirements of the food service program for food storage and shall be sufficient to allow foodstuffs and paper products to be purchased in bulk; and
(6) Sufficient dumpsters or other type containers shall be provided to adequately handle refuse based upon the refuse collection schedule.
(j) The following standards shall apply to parking space:
(1) Outside vehicle parking space shall be provided for at least 100 percent of the staff and 75 percent of the students eligible to drive a vehicle; and
(2) Additional parking areas shall be provided for visitors, parents, and school buses as required;
(k) A waiver of these requirements may be requested by the school district under Ed 321.30. The waiver request shall include detailed information and statistics which shall demonstrate that a lesser amount of parking will meet the needs of the facility in question.
(l) The following standards shall apply to school administrative units:
(1) Office space shall be provided for the staff of school administrative units. This space may be provided within a school building or in a separate building owned by a school district, or in rental space. Rental space shall not be eligible for school building aid;
(2) Each superintendent, assistant superintendent, special education administrator, and business administrator shall be provided with a private office. All other staff shall be provided with exclusive use of administrative space in private or shared offices;
(3) Sufficient space shall be provided for personal and administrative storage;
(4) A conference room may be provided of sufficient size to conduct staff and school board

meetings;


(5) A small kitchen and break area may be provided;
(6) All necessary furniture and equipment shall be provided; and
(7) Adequate parking for staff and visitors shall be provided.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.13 Fire Safety Requirements.
(a) All construction of school facilities shall meet the requirements of the state fire code under Saf-C 6000. The drawings and specifications of public school construction shall be evaluated by the state fire marshal according to the state fire code. Pursuant to RSA 153, the state fire marshal shall judge the drawings and specifications according to other related parts and standards of the Life Safety Code under NFPA Doc. No. 101, and the state building code under RSA 155-A.
(b) The certificate of substantial completion shall not be issued to the construction contractor prior to receipt of a letter of approval of the design from the state fire marshal.
(c) Variances for the provisions of Ed 321. 13 may be granted by the state fire marshal in accordance with the provisions of Saf-C 6005.01.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.14 Core Space. Core space, as defined in Ed 321.02(c), shall include categories of space that typically do not require enlargement as part of a construction project to increase the educational capacity of the facility. Core space, as defined in Ed 321.02(c), shall include but shall not be limited to kitchens, cafeterias, main administrative offices, libraries, gymnasiums, auditoriums, and main mechanical/electrical rooms.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.15 Construction Costs.
(a) Equipment that is normally fastened to the structure shall be included in construction costs. Components of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, plumbing fixtures, and door hardware shall be included in construction costs, as defined in Ed 321.02(b).
(b) Furniture, computers, window treatments, and similar items shall not be included in construction costs.
(c) In renovation projects, construction costs shall include the cost of labor and materials for repairing, replacing, remodeling, or altering the existing structure or building systems.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.16 Total Cost of School Building Construction.
(a) In addition to the actual cost of construction, total cost may also include but is not limited to:
(1) The costs for acquisition of land;
(2) Planning and design;
(3) Site development;
(4) Landscaping;
(5) Paving;
(6) Furniture;
(7) Other equipment;
(8) Work necessary to bring utilities from the site boundary to the building;
(9) Legal reviews;
(10) Construction insurance; and
(11) Permitting.
(b) Costs related to financing such as bonding charges and interest shall not be included in the total cost of school building construction.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.17 Construction Standards.
(a) All school construction shall comply with the requirements of the state building code under RSA 155-A. School design drawings and specifications shall bear the stamp and signature of individuals licensed to perform architecture or engineering in the appropriate disciplines in the state of New Hampshire. The stamp and signature of the design professionals shall be understood to certify that the project has been designed in compliance with all applicable building codes and standards.
(b) Verification that construction has been performed according to state and local building codes and approval of variances shall be the responsibility of the local code enforcement official in the municipality in which the construction takes place, or the state fire marshal in accordance with RSA 155-A:7.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.18 Heating, Ventilating. and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Requirements.
(a) Schools shall be designed, constructed, and maintained to provide:
(1) Code compliant outside air ventilation and exhaust systems to aid in the maintenance of indoor air quality; and
(2) Code compliant heating temperatures throughout occupied building areas.
(b) In cases where air conditioning is provided, schools shall be designed, constructed, and maintained to provide code compliant cooling temperatures throughout all air conditioned spaces.
(c) The design and installation of all HVAC systems shall comply with:
(1) The state building code under RSA 155-A;
(2) The code for energy conservation in new building construction under RSA 155-D; and
(3) The state fire code under Saf -C 6000.
(d) A school district may use energy recovery ventilation equipment in its school buildings for transfer of sensible and latent or sensible or latent energy from exhaust air to outside air. For the purposes of this paragraph, the transfer of sensible and latent or sensible or latent energy from exhaust air to outside air means the practice of extracting heat from exhaust air to limit the amount of new energy that is used to heat additional air from outside.
(e) Project construction documents shall require the HVAC contractor to provide the school maintenance personnel with record drawings, appropriate training, operating and maintenance manuals, and any other relevant information concerning the HVAC systems and components thereof.
(f) Project construction documents shall require a formal commissioning process for HVAC systems start-up and initial operation. At a minimum, the construction documents shall identify the requirement for the development of a written commissioning plan specific to the project. The commissioning plan shall identify a process of ensuring that prior to completion of a construction project, new and/or modified HVAC systems perform in accordance with the design intent and the construction documents. The commissioning process shall include, but shall not be limited to, verification and functional performance testing on all HVAC equipment and controls, in all operating modes.
(g) Verification that construction has been performed according to state and local building codes and approval of variances shall be the responsibility of the local code enforcement official in the municipality in which the construction takes place, or the state fire marshal in accordance with RSA 155-A:7.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.19 Plumbing Requirements.
(a) Schools shall be designed, constructed, and maintained to provide code compliant plumbing systems, including potable water, sanitary sewer and vent, storm drain, and other specialty plumbing systems.
(b) The design and installation of all plumbing systems shall comply with:
(1) The state building code under RSA 155-A;
(2) The code for energy conservation in new building construction under RSA 155-D; and
(3) The state fire code under Saf-C 6000.
(c) At a minimum, the following plumbing fixture ratios shall be provided for in each school building:
(1) The ratio of water closets to the number of students shall be one water closet per 30 students or fraction thereof.
(2) For boys and girls in all grade levels, the ratio of lavatories to the number of students shall be 1-40. Wash fountain sinks may be substituted for lavatories as permitted by the state building code under RSA 155-A;
(3) If the state plumbing code requires a larger number of fixtures, the number required by the code shall be provided, unless a written waiver is received from an appropriate authority empowered to grant such waivers;
(4) Plumbing fixtures shall be provided for all schools in conformance with the current standards adopted under the New Hampshire code for barrier- free design, Abdf300; and
(5) Whenever a school building is designed to allow restricted access to parts of the building such as the gymnasium or the auditorium, a sufficient number of restrooms and water closets or urinals shall be included within the restricted area to accommodate the maximum occupancy of the restricted area in accordance with the state building code under RSA 155-A.
(d) For the purposes of Ed 321.19 (c)(1):
(1) Fifty percent of the enrollment will be assumed to be girls and 50 percent boys unless there is strong information to indicate that a different ratio is appropriate; and
(2) Urinals may be used in lieu of water closets as permitted by the state building code under RSA 155-A;
(e) Sinks and wash fountain sinks shall be provided in laboratories and other instructional spaces as required. Corrosion-resistant fixtures, special waste systems, and waste interceptors shall be provided as required by the project program demands and the state building code under RSA 155-A.
(f) A minimum of one custodial sink shall be provided in each school building.
(g) A minimum of one school nurse sink with wrist-blade faucet and gooseneck spout shall be provided in each school building where a school nurse is assigned.
(h) Where integral to hand washing sinks, receptors for drinking fountains shall be directed to a receptor basin separate from the hand washing sink. One drinking fountain or water cooler shall be provided for every 40 students or fraction thereof, unless a larger number is required by the state building code under RSA 155-A, in which case the code requirement shall be met.
(i) Emergency shower and eye wash stations shall be provided in all chemistry labs, automotive shops, and other places where hazardous liquids or open flames are frequently used and shall comply with the American National Standards Institute Z-358.1 1998 standard.
(j) Project construction documents shall require the plumbing contractor to provide the school maintenance personnel with record drawings, appropriate training, operating and maintenance manuals, and any other relevant information concerning the plumbing systems and components thereof.
(k) Project construction documents shall require a formal commissioning process for plumbing systems start-up and initial operation. At a minimum, the construction documents shall identify the requirement for the development of a written commissioning plan specific to the project. The commissioning plan shall identify a process of ensuring that new and modified or new or modified plumbing systems perform in accordance with the design intent and the construction documents. The process shall include, but shall not be limited to, verification and functional performance testing on all plumbing equipment and controls, in all operating modes.
(l) Verification that construction has been performed according to state and local building codes and approval of variances shall be the responsibility of the local code enforcement official in the municipality in which the construction takes place, or the state fire marshal in accordance with RSA 155-A:7.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.20 Electrical Requirements.
(a) Schools shall be designed, constructed, and maintained to provide code compliant electrical systems that include:
(1) Power distribution;
(2) Lighting;
(3) Fire alarms;
(4) Telecommunications systems that include but are not limited to the following specialty electrical systems:
a. Data;
b. Phone and intercom;
c. Community access television (CATV); and
d. Closed-circuit television; and
(5) Security.
(b) The design and installation of all electrical systems shall comply with:
(1) The state building code under RSA 155-A;
(2) The code for energy conservation in new building construction under RSA 155-D; and
(3) The state fire code under Saf-C 6000.
(c) In addition to being in compliance with the state code for energy conservation in new building construction under RSA 155-D, the design and installation of all lighting systems shall comply with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Lighting Handbook Reference and Application- 2000 edition. Multiple use school spaces such as cafeterias and auditoriums shall have illumination for the highest level required by any planned use.
(d) In addition to complying with the state building code under RSA 155-A, the design and installation of all telecommunication systems shall also comply with the current Building Industries Consulting Services International (BICSI) standards, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and the Telecommunications Industry Association/Electric Industries Alliance (TIA/EIA) standards as follows:
(1) The BICSI Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual. 10th edition- 2003;
(2) The BICSI Telecommunications Cabling Installation Manual. 3rd edition -2001;
(3) The BICSI Customer Owned Outside Plant Manual. 3rd edition -2004;
(4) The ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.1 Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standards Part 1, General Requirements- 2001;
(5) The ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.2 Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standards Part 2, Balanced Twisted-Pair Cabling Components -2001;
(6) The ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.3 Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standards Part 3, Optical Fiber Cabling Components -2000;
(7) The ANSI/TIA/EIA-569-A-1 Commercial Building Standard for Telecom Pathways and Spaces including all addenda -2000;
(8) The ANSI/TIA/EIA-606-A Administration Standard for the Telecommunications Infrastructure of Commercial Buildings -2002; and
(9) The ANSI-J-STD-607-A Commercial Building Grounding (Earthing) and Bonding Requirements for Telecommunications -2002.
(e) Project construction documents shall require the electrical contractor to provide the school maintenance personnel with record drawings, appropriate training, operating and maintenance manuals, and any other relevant information concerning the electrical systems and components thereof.
(f) Project construction documents shall require a formal commissioning process for electrical systems start-up and initial operation. At a minimum, the construction documents shall identify the requirement for the development of a written commissioning plan specific to the project. The commissioning plan shall identify a process of ensuring that new and modified or new or modified electrical systems perform in accordance with the design intent and the construction documents. The process shall include, but shall not be limited to, verification and performance testing on all electrical equipment and controls, in all operating modes.
(g) Verification that construction has been performed according to state and local building codes and approval of variances shall be the responsibility of the local code enforcement official in the municipality in which the construction takes place, or the state fire marshal in accordance with RSA 155-A:7.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.21 Acoustics.
(a) Educational spaces shall be constructed so as to meet or exceed the requirements of the ANSI S12.60 American National Standard Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools-2002.
(b) The school district may request a waiver under Ed 321.30 for meeting or exceeding the requirements in Ed 321.21(a) for educational spaces.
(c) Compliance with the acoustics standard shall be certified in writing by the lead architect or engineer.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05; amd by #8631, eff 5-19-06
Ed 321.22 Criteria for Relocatable Classroom Units.
(a) The relocatable classroom unit may be a single classroom or a combination of classrooms, and shall be classified as a modular building under RSA 205-C:1,IX and Saf-C 3302.01(o).
(b) The application procedure to receive school building aid for a relocatable classroom shall be as follows:
(1) Plans and specifications shall comply with the following:
a. A certificate by a New Hampshire registered architect, stating that the criteria contained in the plan have been met shall accompany each set of plans and specifications submitted for approval. The expense for such certificate shall be the responsibility of the applicant school district;
b. All plans shall be submitted to the following state agencies for review and approval:
1. The department;
2. The state fire marshal's office;
3. The New Hampshire department of environmental services if the relocatable classroom unit is to be connected to a well or septic system; and
4. Local authorities having jurisdiction, including those responsible for enforcing local building codes, fire district codes, and any other local ordinance requiring compliance;
(2) All forms identified in Ed 321.23 completed in full, shall be submitted to the department when applying for school building aid. Detailed plans and specifications shall be submitted with the application forms, including Form A24P, School Building Aid Preliminary Application and Specifications Plan May 2004;
(3) Complete budget information shall be listed when Form A24P is submitted, including:
a. The cost of classroom unit or units, including all equipment;
b. The cost of site and site development;
c. Estimated cost for connection of utilities;
d. Any architectural or engineering fees; and
e. Miscellaneous expenses of the total project;
(4) Plans submitted shall include the following:
a. A complete description of how the relocatable classroom will be used, including:
1. A statement regarding the educational specifications of the school district;
2. How the purchase of such a classroom shall help meet the educational specifications of the district;
3. The long-range educational and facilities needs of the district; and
4. How such a purchase shall be integrated with the plans for meeting these needs.
b. A plot plan showing the location of the classroom unit or units in relation to existing buildings showing connections, where necessary, to electrical, water, sewage service and other utilities;
c. Specifications to completely describe all equipment and materials included in the contract;
d. A complete set of drawings for all phases of construction of the classroom unit or units to be purchased; and
e. A complete plan or method for financing the purchase of the classroom unit or units;
(5) Approval of the size of the site for the relocatable classroom unit or units shall be determined by present enrollment in existing buildings on site, plus anticipated enrollment in the proposed relocatable classroom unit or units.
(6) Each existing site shall be judged individually for its adequacy in relation to:
a. The grade level of students occupying the site;
b. Availability of other sites in the district;
c. Accessibility to existing utility lines, drives, and parking; and
d. Possible interference with vehicle traffic and play areas; and
(7) Where no toilets or plumbing are included in relocatable classroom unit or units, the following shall apply:
a. An enclosed, heated corridor, meeting fire standards, shall be erected to connect to the existing building for student traffic;
b. The total travel distance from the classroom to the toilet facility shall not exceed 500 feet; and
c. In such situations the number of water closets and lavatories in the existing building shall be sufficient to accommodate the total enrollment, including that in the relocatable classroom unit or units.
(c) The requirements for basic standards and structural design shall be as specified in the rules for modular buildings and building components under Saf-C 3300.
(d) Bond and contract requirements, including guarantees and warranties or guarantees or warranties shall be as follows:
(1) As provided in RSA 447:16, a performance bond shall be furnished to the purchaser of the relocatable classroom unit or units;
(2) The length of the bond shall be for one year after final acceptance of the classroom unit or units;
(3) Bonds required in Ed 321.22(d)(1) shall be issued by a company legally licensed to write such bonds in the state of New Hampshire; and
(4) The party contracting with school authorities shall:
a. Guarantee all labor, materials, and equipment for a period of one year after final acceptance of the classroom unit or units in the contract; and
b. Furnish school authorities all the guarantees and warranties given by the manufacturer of any equipment or components incorporated in the work of the contract, including the guarantee or warranty of the main structural relocatable classroom unit.
(e) Verification that construction has been performed according to state and local building codes and approval of variances shall be the responsibility of the local code enforcement official in the municipality in which the construction takes place, or the state fire marshal in accordance with RSA 155-A:7.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.23 Steps in the Procedure for Building Approval.
(a) Building approval for a school site by the department shall not be given until the requirements in Ed 321.23(b)-(o) are completed.
(b) A preliminary application for school building aid shall consist of:
(1) New Hampshire department of education Form A24P School Building Aid Preliminary Application October 2005, which shall include the following information from the school district:
a. Project information on the name, location, description, architectural and construction firms, district approval, and commencement and completion dates for the project;
b. Scope of the project;
c. Projected space information;
d. Project facilities that apply;
e. Project utilities that apply;
f. Site information;
g. Estimated project costs;
h. Estimated project funding sources;
i. Estimated unit costs; and
j. Other information relative to educational specifications and preliminary drawings.
(2) Educational specifications; and
(3) Preliminary drawings consisting of a site plan and floor plans showing the dimensions and intended use of all spaces. Floor plans for the entire building shall be required for new buildings or for renovations or additions to existing buildings;
(4) Copy of lease-purchase agreement, if applicable, for air quality or energy efficiency projects; and
(5) Copy of lease agreement, if applicable, for leases of space for regional career and technical centers per RSA 198:15-hh and Ed 322.
(c) Form A24P shall include a statement to be signed by the superintendent of schools of the district making application which indicates that the school board has reviewed the requirements of RSA 198:15-a,b, and c and Ed 321, and that a copy of Ed 321 has been provided to the lead architect or engineer responsible for design of the project.
(d) Preliminary applications shall be received not later than December 31 of each year to begin receiving school building aid in the following fiscal year. This shall not eliminate or supersede the requirement for approval by the department prior to the start of construction.
(e) The department shall provide New Hampshire department of education Form A24PA Preliminary Approval of Project for Building Aid upon approval of the preliminary application and preliminary design.
(f) In accordance with RSA 198:15-c, construction shall not begin until receipt of a signed Form A24PA from the department. Commencement of construction without approval from the department shall be grounds for the denial of school building aid if the work is subsequently determined to not be in compliance with the requirements of Ed 321.
(g) Final drawings and technical specifications shall be provided to the department for review and approval as soon as they become available. The department shall approve final drawings and technical specifications upon receiving the following information:
(1) Drawings signed and stamped by individuals licensed in the appropriate disciplines to practice architecture or engineering in the state of New Hampshire;
(2) A signed and stamped letter of certification provided by the designers indicating that the design meets the state building code under RSA 155-A, the code for energy conservation in new building construction under RSA 155-D, the New Hampshire code for barrier-free design under Abfd 300, and the requirements of Ed 321; and
(3) Certification that reference any properly approved variances or waivers.
(h) Certification that the design meets the state energy code shall be provided to the public utilities commission as required by Puc 1803.04
(i) The department shall provide review comments in writing. Corrections shall be made if the review comments indicate that the design fails to meet one or more state requirements. Documentation of the corrections shall be provided to the department.
(j) Drawings and specifications shall be provided to the office of the state fire marshal. A letter of approval by the state fire marshal shall be issued and distributed upon the fire marshal's approval of drawings and specifications and upon the issuance of the certificate of substantial completion to the construction contractor by the fire marshal. A copy of the letter of approval shall be provided to the department.
(k) If the project involves construction or extensive renovations of food service facilities, drawings and specifications shall be reviewed and approved by the bureau of food protection in the department of health and human services as required by He-P 2302. A copy of the letter of approval shall be provided to the department.
(l) If the project includes a well or septic system, approval shall be granted by the water supply engineering bureau and the subsurface systems bureau or the subsurface systems bureau of the department of environmental services as required by Env-Ws 372 and Env-Ws 1003.02. A copy of the letter of approval shall be provided to the department.
(m) If the project includes an addition to a building using an existing well or septic system, but does not expand the capacity of the system, certification that the existing system is adequate shall be provided by an individual properly licensed in New Hampshire to give such certification.
(n) Final application for school building aid shall consist of:
(1) New Hampshire department of education Form A24F School Building Aid Final Application May 2004, submitted after all work is complete and final actual costs have been determined, which shall include the following information from the school district:
a. Project information on the name of the project, project delivery approach, the architectural and construction firms, and the contracted date for project completion;
b. Final space information;
c. Actual project funding sources;
d. Actual project costs;
e. final unit costs; and
f. Other information on code compliance, income sources, and required approval from other state agencies; and
(2) A certificate signed by the lead architect or engineer indicating that the project design meets the requirements of the state building codes, per RSA 155-A; the state energy code, per RSA 155-D; the state barrier free access code per RSA 275-C; the acoustics standards per Ed 321.21; and that no asbestos containing material was specified for use in construction.
(3) A copy of the district’s facility maintenance plan; and
(4) New Hampshire department of education Form A24M, School Building Aid Maintenance Impact analysis, October 2005, which shall include a statement of assurance, signed by the chair person of the district board of education, that new equipment installed through the project shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and other information required by RSA 198:15-b, I-c, (i)-(k); and
(5) A copy of the school district’s application for energy efficiency reimbursement from their regulated utility under RSA 374-F, as required by RSA 198:15-c.
(o) The department of education shall issue Form A24C Project Application Completion April 1998 upon approval of the final application. Receipt of Form A24C indicates that all necessary requirements have been met and that the school district will receive school building aid in accordance with RSA 198:15-a.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05; amd by #8631, eff 5-19-06
Ed 321.24 School Building Aid Annual Payments.
(a) School building aid shall be provided by the department from funds appropriated by the legislature to eligible local school districts annually in accordance with RSA 198:15-a and Ed 321. School building aid shall be paid for construction as authorized by RSA 198:15-b, IV on property owned by a school district or city in cities with school departments. School building aid shall also be paid to meet the costs of leasing permanent space in buildings for regional vocational centers that are used for the operation of high school vocational technical education programs, as authorized by RSA 198:15-hh and Ed 322.
(b) By April 30 of each year, the department shall verify with each district the amount of school building aid to be provided in the following fiscal year.
(c) School building aid payments shall be made semi-annually in October and April of each fiscal year beginning after the school district has made its first payment on the bonded debt. If the project funding does not include a bond, payment shall begin in the fiscal year following receipt of the preliminary application. Semi-annual payments shall be in approximately equal amounts. In the event that payments are prorated in accordance with RSA 198:15-e, the October payment shall be 50 percent of the annual total with the full prorated reduction occurring in the April payment.
(d) School building aid payments shall be calculated based on the actual total cost of construction as defined in RSA 198: 15-b, IV. If a payment is due prior to completion of construction, the payment shall be calculated based on the estimated costs from Form A24P as long as a bond payment schedule has been received. Future payments shall be adjusted based on the actual costs following receipt of Form A24F.
(e) No more than 2 annual payments on any given project shall be provided based on estimated costs unless the construction work has not yet been completed at the time additional payments are due. Failure to submit the final application upon completion of construction shall result in suspension of school building aid payments until the necessary documentation has been received by the department. The final payment of school building aid on any project shall not be made prior to receipt and approval of all required information and documentation by the bureau of school approval and facility management.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05; amd by 8631, eff 5-19-06
Ed 321.25 Building Aid for Planning and Design of School Facilities. Building aid for architectural, engineering, and other services associated with the planning and design of new school facilities or modifications to existing facilities as authorized by RSA 198:15-b, IV(b) and (d) shall not be paid until construction has been approved by the legislative body of the school district.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.26 Maximum Allowable Construction Cost.
(a) School building aid for projects that either begin construction or for which bonds are sold after July 1,2005 shall be subject to the maximum allowable construction cost under RSA 198:15-b,VII(a).
(b) School building aid shall be calculated based upon the actual construction cost or the maximum allowable construction cost, whichever is lower. The department shall publish the maximum allowable construction cost no later than November 1 of each year. The annually published maximum allowable construction cost shall apply to construction which begins after March 31 of the following year.
(c) The department shall use construction cost and inflation indices developed by the R.S. Means Company of Kingston, Massachusetts as the basis for setting the annual maximum allowable construction cost. The department shall compare the R.S. Means data to actual construction costs for the previous 3 years, and shall adjust the maximum allowable cost upward if the R.S. Means data is lower than the average cost for the previous 3 years after adjusting the actual costs for inflation.
(d) The school district may request a waiver under Ed 321.30 for the maximum construction cost allowed under Ed 321.26.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.27 Substantial Renovation. Eligibility for school building aid for substantial renovations as authorized by RSA 198:15-b, IV (t) shall be determined as follows:
(a) The construction cost of the renovation project shall be compared to the construction cost of a complete new building equal in size to the building to be renovated using the maximum allowable construction cost as set by Ed 321.26.
(b) The construction cost of the renovation project shall exceed 25 percent of the construction cost of a new building or $5 million, whichever is lower. The total cost of all phases shall be used to determine the eligibility of projects which are scheduled to be phased over 2 or more consecutive years, subject to the approval of funding for subsequent phases by the legislative body of the school district. In the event the district fails to fund subsequent phases of the project, school building aid payments shall cease. A lapse of one year shall be approved upon request of the district.
(c) If the construction cost of the renovation project exceeds 60 percent of the cost of new construction, the following additional criteria shall be met:
(1) The school district shall provide documentation that new construction was considered in lieu of renovation and explain why the renovation alternative was chosen; and
(2) The scope of the renovation project shall provide that all building systems shall be upgraded to the most current codes and standards and that the building shall be fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.
(d) Renovation work done in conjunction with additions to existing buildings shall not be subject to paragraphs (a) through (c) above, but shall be subject to paragraphs (e) through (h).
(e) School districts shall maintain adequate property insurance to pay for damages resulting from weather and other natural events. School building aid shall not be provided for work that is covered by insurance or that should reasonably be expected to be covered by insurance.
(f) School building aid shall not be paid for repairs to equipment or structures that are covered by a valid warranty or guarantee. If a warranty has been invalidated by the actions of a school district or its staff, school building aid shall not be paid for damages incurred during the warranty period.
(g) Effective for school facilities that are constructed or undergo substantial renovation after January 1,2005, school building aid shall not be paid for repairs to buildings, systems, or components that result from failure to perform proper maintenance. In making this determination, the department shall compare the age of the damaged materials or equipment to the expected useful life of the materials or equipment based on commonly accepted industry standards. School districts shall be required by the department to provide maintenance records and other documentation concerning their maintenance program if necessary for the department to clearly understand the cause of equipment or system damage.
(h) School building aid shall not be paid for work that results from failure to follow building codes or previous guidance from the department.
(i) School building aid shall not be paid for repairs for which the school district makes a legal claim for damages until the legal proceeding has been resolved. In such cases, any portion of the claim that is not satisfied by the legal proceeding shall be eligible for school building aid subject to the limitations in Ed 321.27(a) to (h).
(j) A school district may request a waiver under Ed 321.30 for how eligibility for school building aid for substantial renovations is determined under Ed 321.27.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.28 Community Use.
(a) Selected areas within a school facility may be constructed in a size large enough to accommodate use of the facility for community purposes other than education. School building aid, however, shall be limited to the maximum allowable size and maximum allowable construction cost limits as described in Ed 321.04, Ed 321.06 and Ed 321.26.
(b) Required educational space shall not be eliminated or reduced in order to provide community use space within the maximum size and cost limits.
(c) A school district may request a waiver under Ed 321.30 for the limitation on school building aid and required educational space under Ed 321.28(a) and (b).
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.29 Ineligibility for School Building Aid.
(a) The following shall be considered ineligible for school building aid under RSA 198:15-c unless a waiver is granted under Ed 321.30:
(1) Swimming pools or natatoriums;
(2) Field houses;
(3) Indoor tennis courts;
(4) Indoor tracks;
(5) Ice rinks;
(6) Artificial turf on athletic fields;
(7) Auditoriums with a seating capacity including seating capacity for staff greater than 50 percent of the building core design capacity;
(8) All auditoriums in elementary schools;
(9) Resurfacing of tracks, courts, and playing fields;
(10) Motor vehicles; and
(11) Text books.
(b) The following one-time expenses for completely new schools only shall be eligible for school building aid under RSA 198:15-c:
(1) Library books;
(2) Computer software; and
(3) Outdoor athletic facilities.
(c) School districts may submit a written request to the commissioner for inclusion of such facilities in their school building aid. The request shall include an explanation of how approval of the request will support the educational needs of the school district. The written request shall be submitted according to the waiver provisions in Ed 321.30.
(d) Appeals of decisions concerning space eligibility may be made to the state board of education under Ed 200. Nothing in this section shall preclude a school district from constructing such facilities with local funds.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.30 Waiver Provisions.
(a) The commissioner of the department or the commissioner’s designee may grant waivers for the standards required in Ed 321.03,321.04,321.06,321.10,321.12,321.21,321.26, 321.27,321.28, and 321.29.
(b) Waiver requests shall:
(1) Be submitted in writing;
(2) Be signed by the superintendent of schools of the district requesting the waiver; and
(3) Include:
a. Reference to the specific section of Ed 321 for which a waiver is requested;
b. A detailed explanation of the standard to be waived and the degree to which the standard will be met if the request for waiver is approved;
c. A detailed explanation of the conditions that prevent compliance with the standards of Ed 321, or an explanation of how the waiver is in the best interest of education or is the most effective use of resources;
d. An explanation of the district's attempts to achieve compliance with the standard;
e. Maps, drawings, or diagrams as appropriate to illustrate and clarify the waiver request;
f. An explanation of the impact of a denial of the request for a waiver; and
g. Other information to support the request that the district would like to have considered.
(c) The commissioner of the department or the commissioner’s designee may request additional information prior to a ruling on the request for a waiver.
(d) A written ruling shall be provided to the district by the department within 60 days of receipt of the request for a waiver or following receipt of any additional information requested by the department. A waiver shall be approved if in the determination of the commissioner of the department or the commissioner’s designee, approval of the request for a waiver will not compromise the quality of education required in Ed 306 or is the best use of available resources.
(d) Any part of construction work that is dependent upon or otherwise affected by the results of the request for waiver shall not proceed until a ruling on the request has been received from the department.
(e) School districts may appeal the decision of the commissioner or the commissioner's designee to the state board of education as provided in Ed 200.
Source. #8265, eff 1-22-05
Ed 321.31 Air Quality and Energy Efficiency Projects. Projects intended to improve air quality or energy efficiency shall be eligible to receive school building aid in accordance with RSA 198:15-b,IV,(g) and shall not be subject to the requirements of Ed 321.27. Air quality or energy efficiency projects may be financed through a lease-purchase agreement with a vendor. A copy of the lease-purchase agreement shall be submitted to the bureau of school approval and facility management, with the final application for school building aid. The agreement shall clearly indicate the costs of labor and equipment separate from rental costs, utility costs, maintenance service costs, interest, or any other charges that are not eligible for school building aid under RSA 198:15-b,IV.
Source. #8631, eff 5-19-06
Ed 321.32 Application for High Performance School Incentive.
(a) Any district wishing to apply for the additional 3 percent incentive under RSA 198:15-b,I-a shall indicate such intent on the New Hampshire Department of Education Form A24P, School Building Aid Preliminary Application at the time the form is submitted to the department in accordance with the procedure for building approval under Ed 321.23(b). The district shall also submit a high performance school score sheet indicating the points that the project is expected to score.
(b) Upon completion of the project the district shall submit a completed final high performance school score sheet indicating the earned and the necessary supporting documentation for all points claimed. This documentation shall be submitted along with the New Hampshire Department of Education Form A24F,School Building Aid Final Application, at the time the form is submitted to the department in accordance with the procedure for building approval under Ed 321.23(n).
(c) The bureau of school approval and facility management shall conduct an onsite evaluation to verify the points claimed by the district.
(d) If the number of qualifying projects results in a total of incentive awards in excess of $100,000, the incentives shall be awarded to the projects scoring the highest number of points until the available incentive funds are exhausted in accordance with RSA 198:15-b,I-a(b). Completed projects which do not receive the incentive grant shall not be eligible for the incentive in the following or future years.
Source. #8631, eff 5-19-06
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