Florida - Building Construction and Maintenance: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law establishes comprehensive guidelines and accountability measures for school construction and building maintenance that include detailed provisions for addressing student health and safety.

Florida Statutes 1013.04 School district educational facilities plan performance and productivity standards; development; measurement; application.

(1)  The Office of Educational Facilities shall develop and adopt measures for evaluating the performance and productivity of school district educational facilities plans. The measures may be both quantitative and qualitative and must, to the maximum extent practical, assess those factors that are within the districts’ control. The measures must, at a minimum, assess performance in the following areas:

  • (a)  Frugal production of high-quality projects.
  • (b)  Efficient finance and administration.
  • (c)  Optimal school and classroom size and utilization rate.
  • (d)  Safety.
  • (e)  Core facility space needs and cost-effective capacity improvements that consider demographic projections.
  • (f)  Level of district local effort.
    (2)  The office shall establish annual performance objectives and standards that can be used to evaluate district performance and productivity.
    (3)  The office shall conduct ongoing evaluations of district educational facilities program performance and productivity, using the measures adopted under this section. If, using these measures, the office finds that a district failed to perform satisfactorily, the office must recommend to the district school board actions to be taken to improve the district’s performance.

Florida Statutes 381.006 Environmental health.

(16) ...Rules related to public and private schools shall be developed by the Department of Education in consultation with the department. Rules adopted under this subsection may include definitions of terms; provisions relating to operation and maintenance of facilities, buildings, grounds, equipment, furnishings, and occupant-space requirements; lighting; heating, cooling, and ventilation; food service; water supply and plumbing; sewage; sanitary facilities; insect and rodent control; garbage; safety; personnel health, hygiene, and work practices; and other matters the department finds are appropriate or necessary to protect the safety and health of the residents, staff, students, faculty, or patrons. The department may not adopt rules that conflict with rules adopted by the licensing or certifying agency. The department may enter and inspect at reasonable hours to determine compliance with applicable statutes or rules. In addition to any sanctions that the department may impose for violations of rules adopted under this section, the department shall also report such violations to any agency responsible for licensing or certifying the group care facility. The licensing or certifying agency may also impose any sanction based solely on the findings of the department.

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