Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the District Educational Facilities Plan?
The District Educational Facilities Plan (DEFP) is a list of projects for capacity additions, remodeling and renovations, indoor air quality, technology, health safety and sanitation, ADA and other categories. When the plan is submitted to the Board and the public for adoption the plan is balanced and sources of revenue have been identified for projects listed in the plan.
2. How does the Public participate in the District Educational Facilities Plan planning process?
The State requires that the plan undergo public review. Each year a minimum of two public hearings are held, one to accept the Tentative District Educational Facilities Plan and another to adopt the plan. At those hearings the public is provided an opportunity to provide input into the plan. In past years it has been necessary to hold additional Public Hearings to resolve outstanding issues before the final adoption of the plan occurred. The public is also kept informed during meetings with public organizations such as the Facilities Task Force.
3. How does the District Educational Facilities Plan affect the District's Budget?
The adoption of the District Educational Facilities Plan (DEFP) occurs before the final adoption of the annual budget. The first year of the adopted DEFP is incorporated into the annual budget prior to that budget being adopted.
4. What happens if there is an emergency project that is not in the adopted District Educational Facilities Plan?
Business Practice Bulletin A-468 outlines procedures for providing funding under a Capital Funding Request. Funding of new projects or expanding the scope of current projects must meet one of the following criteria:
- If not approved, it will pose health and safety problems to students.
- If not approved, it will impede the teaching and learning process.
- The Superintendent determines that the project is an emergency.
5. Where does money for capital projects come from?
Most of the money for capital projects comes from millage levied under the county's property taxes. The School District leverages some of that millage to issue debt instruments that make up a large portion of the revenues. State initiatives provide modest funding. For details see revenue projections in the Adopted District Educational Facilities Plan.
6. Why is the adopted District Educational Facilities Plan so important to the District?
The adopted District Educational Facilities Plan (DEFP) is a document that has been reviewed by the Board and the public in an extensive process to ensure that projects in the plan are considered viable needs. The information in the adopted DEFP is also submitted to the State for review and is subject to audits.
7. What are the State requirements for the District Educational Facilities Plan?
The adopted District Educational Facilities Plan (DEFP) is summarized onto State required forms. The District provides the Board and the public a version that is formatted differently so that it is more easily understood.
8. Where can I get a copy of the adopted District Educational Facilities Plan?
Click the Published Documents link.