Code No. 801.3 Educational Specifications for Buildings and Sites
Buildings and Sites
Code No. 801.3
Policy Title: Educational Specifications for Buildings and Sites
Buildings and sites considered for purchase or construction by the board or currently owned by the school district and used for the education program must meet, or upon improvement be able to meet, the specifications set by the board. The board shall make this determination.
Prior to construction or renovation of buildings and sites the specifications must be endorsed, when the cost is $40,000 or more, by the Iowa Department of Education. The board may set standards in addition to the requirements of the Iowa Department of Education for school district buildings and sites.
Prior to remodeling or other construction of buildings and sites, the board may appoint a committee of consultants, employees, citizens, or others to assist the board in developing the specifications for the new or improved buildings and sites. These specifications shall be consistent with the education program, and they shall provide the architect with the information necessary to determine what is expected from the facility. It shall be within the discretion of the board to determine whether a committee shall be appointed.
The education specifications shall include, but not be limited to, the financial resources available for the project, the definition and character of classrooms, the functional use to be made of the rooms, description of specialized needs, and other pertinent information as the board deems necessary.
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation to the board regarding the specifications of buildings and sites.
Cedar Rapids Community School District, Linn County v. City of Cedar Rapids, 252 Iowa 205, 106 N.W.2d 655 (1960). Iowa Code §§ 73A.2, .18; 280.3, .14; 297; 544A (1995). 1974 Op. Att’y Gen. 529.
Iowa Code §§ 297.7
Cross Reference: 801.4 Site Acquisition
Approved: 7-9-01 Reviewed: 5/13/13 Revised: 12/10/07