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Introduced by Representatives Heath of Westford, Evans of Essex, Hunt of Essex, Jerman of Essex and Myers of Essex

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Education; technical center cost; 100 percent funding; the Center for Technology, Essex

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the state to pay 100 percent of the approved costs of construction at the Center for Technology, Essex.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  Sec. 63 of No. 149 of the Acts of the 2001 Adj. Sess. (2002), as amended by Sec. 53 of No. 121 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004), is amended to read:


               TECHNICAL CENTERS

(a)  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the amount of an award for the construction or purchase of a new technical center building or additions or alterations to an existing technical center building for the following projects shall be 100 percent of the approved cost of the project:

(1)  The North Country Career and Technical Center, now located in Newport, and to be located in Derby.

(2)  Any portion of the combined technical center project dedicated specifically to the provision of state-approved technical education programming in Chittenden County, provided nothing in this section shall apply to any noncombined project providing technical education in Chittenden County The Center for Technology, Essex

(3)  The Southeastern Vermont Career Education Center in Brattleboro.

(b)  For purposes of determining when it shall receive its award, each of the technical centers identified in subsection (a) of this section shall be eligible to receive payment pursuant to the provisions of 16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(9).  The order in which the projects are set forth in subsection (a) of this section shall have no effect on determining the priority of payments to the three projects.  Notwithstanding any provisions of chapter 123 of Title 16 to the contrary, this section sets forth the process required for these three technical centers, provided these technical centers shall conform to the standards for technical education center construction developed jointly by the commissioners of education and of buildings and general services pursuant to Sec. 44 of No. 148 of the Acts of 2000.  Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the districts responsible for these three technical centers from seeking voter approval to borrow 100 percent of the project costs in anticipation of state aid and commencing construction, provided the district shall not be reimbursed by the state for debt incurred due to such borrowing.  The capital construction funding request for these three projects shall be a separate line item in the annual request submitted by the state board of education pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 3448(a)(4).

(c)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the department of buildings and general services shall be responsible for all design, construction, or purchase of any new buildings or alterations of existing buildings.  All state construction aid for these projects shall be appropriated to the department of buildings and general services for this purpose.  Such funds may be used to hire temporary or contract staff to assist with these responsibilities. 

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont