2017 Arkansas Code
Title 6 - Education
Subtitle 2 - Elementary and Secondary Education Generally
Chapter 21 - School Property and Supplies
Subchapter 1 - General Provisions
§ 6-21-114. Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation -- Created

Universal Citation: AR Code § 6-21-114 (2017)
  • (a) There is created the Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation, which shall consist of the following:
    • (1) The Director of the Department of Finance and Administration;
    • (2) The Commissioner of Education; and
    • (3) The President of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.
  • (b)
    • (1) The members of the commission shall meet and organize immediately after March 29, 2005. The Commissioner of Education shall be the chair of the commission.
    • (2)
      • (A) The commission shall meet upon the call of the chair.
      • (B)
        • (i) The secretary of the commission shall be an employee of the Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation assigned to the commission by the chair of the commission.
        • (ii) The secretary shall give members advance notice of the agenda of each meeting.
    • (3)
      • (A) Two (2) members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting business.
      • (B) A quorum is required for any action of the commission.
    • (4) Members of the commission shall serve without compensation but may receive expense reimbursement in accordance with § 25-16-902.
  • (c) Staff support shall be provided by appropriate personnel of the Department of Finance and Administration, the Department of Education, the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, and the division.
  • (d) The commission shall:
    • (1) Oversee the operations of the division;
    • (2)
      • (A) Promulgate rules in consultation with the Insurance Commissioner to establish property, boiler and machinery, and extended coverage insurance requirements and guidelines for all buildings, structures, facilities, and business personal property owned by a school district.
      • (B) The rules promulgated by the commission under subdivision (d)(2)(A) of this section shall:
        • (i) Attempt to provide the most cost-efficient manner for protecting each school district from loss of or damage to the school district's buildings, structures, facilities, and business personal property;
        • (ii) Require property, boiler and machinery, and extended coverage insurers to have a minimum A.M. Best rating;
        • (iii) Establish bidding requirements and procedures, if applicable to any insurance coverage; and
        • (iv)
          • (a) Be binding upon each school district for any placement or renewal of insurance coverage after June 1, 2007.
          • (b) The state's financial participation under the Academic Facilities Partnership Program provided by § 6-20-2507 or the Academic Facilities Catastrophic Program provided by § 6-20-2508 may be withheld or reduced by the commission if a school district does not comply with the rules promulgated under subdivision (d)(2)(A) of this section; and
    • (3) Appoint all members of the Advisory Committee on Public School Academic Facilities.
  • (e) The commission may:
    • (1) Perform any act and provide for the performance of any function necessary or desirable to carry out the purposes of the Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities Program and any other related program;
    • (2)
      • (A) Adopt, amend, and rescind rules as necessary or desirable for the administration of the Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities Program and any other related program.
      • (B) The commission shall report to the Administrative Rules and Regulations Review Subcommittee of the Legislative Council in a manner consistent with § 10-3-309 on the adoption, amendment, rescission, or repeal of any proposed rule related to the administration of the Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities Funding Act, § 6-20-2501 et seq., the Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities Program Act, § 6-21-801 et seq., or any other related program;
    • (3) Contract with, retain the services of, or designate and fix the compensation of consultants, advisors, architects, engineers, and other independent contractors as may be necessary or desirable to carry out the Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities Program or any related program; and
    • (4) Study and promulgate rules concerning:
      • (A) The propriety and feasibility of requiring that each school district maintain insurance coverage against loss due to:
        • (i) Earth movement; or
        • (ii) The operation of a school district's motor vehicles and buses; and
      • (B) The appropriate amount of insurance coverage under this subdivision (e)(4).
    • (5) [Repealed.]
  • (f) The commission shall report annually on its activities to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Governor, the House Committee on Education, the Senate Committee on Education, the State Board of Education, and the Academic Facilities Oversight Committee.
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