• Board Asks Legislators to Resume Funding for School Construction/Renovation
     
    The Board of School Directors approved and submitted the resolution below asking the state to resume the former Planning and Construction Workbook, known as PlanCon, through which the Commonwealth reimburses school districts, based on need, for a portion of the costs of school construction and renovation. Since 2011-12 the annual PlanCon reimbursements to school districts has been flat-funded at $296 million and has decreased by over $30 million since 2009-10, resulting in a significant backlog of projects in the PlanCon pipeline and a significant delay in reimbursement

    This delay has prevented school districts across the Commonwealth from taking advantage of favorable interest rates, as well as a favorable construction bid climate, resulting in unnecessary additional costs to taxpayers. The PlanCon moratorium has also significantly and negatively impacted Pennsylvania’s construction industry, at a time when the state economy continues to struggle.

    This delay in state PlanCon reimbursement has created financial hardship for many school districts, particularly those of lesser means, and the imposition of the state moratorium has created uncertainty for every school district in need of critical facility renovations or repairs.
     
    Please contact your local state legislators: (see the complete resolution below)
     
    Sen. Jake Corman, R-Benner Township
    (34th District: all of Centre County except Philipsburg and Rush Township)
    281 Main Capitol Building
    Senate Box 203034
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-3034
    717-787-1377

    236 Match Factory Place
    Bellefonte, PA 16823
    355-0477
    www.jakecorman.com
    jcorman@pasen.gov
    Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont
    (35th District: Philipsburg and Rush Township)
    10 East Wing
    Senate Box 203035
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-3035
    717-787-5400

    22 N. Front St.
    Philipsburg, PA 16866
    342-5920
    www.senator-wozniak.com
    wozniak@pasenate.com
     
    Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Bellefonte
    (171st District: Bellefonte, Centre Hall, Millheim and part of State College, and College, Gregg, Harris, Penn, Potter, Spring and Walker townships)
    41B East Wing
    P.O. Box 202171
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2171
    717-783-1918

    140 W. High St.
    Bellefonte, PA 16823
    355-1300
    Fax: 355-3523
    kerrybenninghoff.com
    kbenning@pahousegop.com
     
     
     
    Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Rush Township
    (77th District: Philipsburg, Port Matilda and part of State College and Ferguson, Halfmoon, Huston, Patton, Rush, Taylor and Worth townships)
    325 Irvis Office Building
    P.O. Box 202077
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2077
    717-787-9473

    301 S. Allen St., Suite 102
    State College, PA 16801
    238-5477
    Fax: 863-3898

    209 E. Presqueisle St.
    Philipsburg, PA 16866
    342-4872
    Fax: 342-4874
    www.pahouse.com/conklin
    sconklin@pahouse.net
    Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven
    (76th District: Howard, Milesburg, Snow Shoe and Unionville, and Benner, Boggs, Burnside, Curtin, Haines, Howard, Liberty, Marion, Miles, Snow Shoe and Union townships)
    428 Main Capitol Building
    P.O. Box 202076
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2076
    717-772-2283

    102 Turnpike Street, P.O. Box 1134
    Milesburg, PA 16853-1134
    353-8780
    Fax: 355-6056
    www.pahouse.com/hanna
    rephanna@pahouse.net

     
     
    Resolution Urging the Resumption of Adequate State Funding for V-F School Construction and Renovation Projects
    By the Board of Directors of the State College Area School District, June 24, 2013

    WHEREAS, the Public School Code assigns local school board directors the responsibility of providing students with suitable school buildings that are constructed, furnished, equipped, and maintained in a proper manner;

    WHEREAS, the construction, renovation, and repair of school facilities that meet the educational and safety needs students and staff is a significant expense for school districts;

    WHEREAS, in recognition of the importance of providing appropriate school facilities, the Department of Education developed the Planning and Construction Workbook, known as PlanCon, through which the Commonwealth reimburses school districts, based on need, for a portion of the costs of school construction and renovation;

    WHEREAS, the line item for the annual PlanCon reimbursements to school districts has been flat-funded at $296 million since 2011-12 and has decreased by over $30 million since 2009-10, resulting in a significant backlog of projects in the PlanCon pipeline and a significant delay in reimbursement;

    WHEREAS, this delay has prevented school districts across the Commonwealth from taking advantage of favorable interest rates, as well as a favorable construction bid climate, resulting in unnecessary additional costs to taxpayers;

    WHEREAS the PlanCon moratorium has significantly and negatively impacted Pennsylvania’s construction industry, at a time when the state economy continues to struggle;

    WHEREAS, this delay in state PlanCon reimbursement has created financial hardship for many school districts, particularly those of lesser means, and the imposition of the state moratorium has created uncertainty for every school district in need of critical facility renovations or repairs;

    WHEREAS, the State College Area School District has embarked on a project to build a new or substantially renovated high school in order to address the substantial inadequacies of our current facility;

    WHEREAS, a lack of the state reimbursement would result in significant additional costs to local taxpayers, amounting to potentially over ten million dollars;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the State College Area School District Board of School Directors encourages the General Assembly to examine and revise the current PlanCon process, to make it less burdensome, and to save resources for both school districts and the Department of Education while still maintaining a state reimbursement program that ensures the structural and educational integrity of school facilities.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED
     that the State College Area School District Board of School Directors encourages the legislature to provide school districts the ability to opt out of prevailing wage requirements, on a project-by-project basis, as an incentive to forgo PlanCon reimbursement.
     
    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be posted on the district’s website and submitted to the Governor of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, as well as to the elected state senators and representatives of the State College Area School District in the General Assembly.
    Adopted this 24th day of June, 2013
    Signed,
    Mary Jenn Dorman, School Board President Board Secretary (seal)

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the State College Area School District Board of School Directors urges the General Assembly to uphold its
    responsibility to provide reimbursement to school districts engaging in needed school construction and renovation projects and to appropriately fund the program to ensure that school districts are reimbursed in a manner that is timely and predictable.
Last Modified on August 29, 2017