2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 115. State superintendent; general classifications and definitions; children with disabilities.
115.33 Inspection of school buildings.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 115.33 (2017)

115.33 Inspection of school buildings.

(1) In this section:

(a) “In compliance" means in compliance with subchs. I and IV of ch. 101, ch. 145 and ss. 254.11 to 254.178 and the rules promulgated under subchs. I and IV of ch. 101, ch. 145 and ss. 254.11 to 254.178.

(b) “Proposed use" means a function that the school board has indicated by resolution that it intends to pursue within the current school year or the next 2 succeeding school years.

(2)

(a) The state superintendent may request the department of safety and professional services to inspect a public school if any of the following occurs:

1. Any elector in the school district complains in writing to the state superintendent that the school is inadequate or is otherwise unfit for school purposes.

2. The school board of the school district in which the school is located requests the state superintendent to do so. The school board may also request an opinion as to whether the school is adequate for a proposed use.

3. The state superintendent determines there is significant evidence that the school is not in compliance.

(b) The department of safety and professional services shall inspect the school within 30 days after receiving a request from the state superintendent under par. (a).

(3)

(a) If the state superintendent determines that a school is not in compliance, and the department of safety and professional services, based on its inspection of the school, concurs in the determination, the state superintendent may order the school board to repair, improve, remodel or close the school by a stated date. An order issued under this paragraph constitutes a preliminary finding of noncompliance with the standard under s. 121.02 (1) (i).

(b)

1. If the state superintendent determines that a school is not in compliance and is not worth repairing, and the department of safety and professional services, based on its inspection of the school, concurs in the determination, the state superintendent may order the school board to develop a plan that describes how the school board will achieve compliance with the standard under s. 121.02 (1) (i). The plan shall specify the time within which compliance with the standard under s. 121.02 (1) (i) shall be achieved. The state superintendent shall hold a public hearing on the plan in the school district and may, as a result of the hearing, recommend changes to the plan. The state superintendent may withhold up to 25 percent of the school district's state aid if the school district fails to achieve compliance with the standard under s. 121.02 (1) (i) within the period specified in the plan.

2. Section 121.02 (3) does not apply to determinations under subd. 1. or to orders issued under subd. 1.

(4) The state superintendent shall conduct a study of the physical condition and capacity of the public schools and their suitability for use as public schools. The state superintendent shall submit a report summarizing the results of the study to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3).

History: 1989 a. 31; 1993 a. 450; 1995 a. 27 ss. 3867 to 3870, 9116 (5) and 9145 (1); 1997 a. 27, 310; 2011 a. 32.

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