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Statutes, Regulations, and Guidance

Here you will find detailed information on the statutes, regulations, and guidelines governing working with the School Building Authority at RIDE.



Legislative Changes to School Construction (effective 7/1/18)

The Governor and the General Assembly recently passed a State budget that includes substantial changes to the oversight, management, and funding of public school construction.  With the passage of Article 9 from the State Budget, the School Building Authority plans to collaborate closely with LEAs and municipalities to ensure that every school district sees meaningful improvements to the condition of its public school buildings over the next five years. The changes include annual maintenance expenditure requirements, housing aid bonus incentives, and additional housing aid eligibility requirements.  For detailed information about the enacted changes, please see RIDE's Legislative Changes to School Construction Document. 

The following changes are effective July 1, 2018 unless otherwise noted:

  1. Annual Maintenance Expenditure Requirements
  2. New and Temporary Housing Aid Bonuses. Temporary bonuses are contingent on the passage of a $250M bond in November 2018.
  3. Computation of Housing Aid
  4. Eligibility of Reimbursement Requirements
  5. Prequalification and Review Process for Prime Contractors, Architects and Engineers. Effective July 1, 2019.
  6. Public School Construction Progress Reports
  7. $250M School Construction Bond. Contingent on voter approval in November 2018. Funding shall be offered proportionally to LEAs based on the total state share of foundation housing aid awarded to projects in that year. 


School Construction Regulations

The School Construction Program is governed by the School Construction Regulations (SCR), adopted by the Board of Regents in 2007. The SCR sets standards for design and construction of school facilities, in order to assist schools and districts in providing the quality learning environment necessary for children to perform at higher levels.

Guidelines and Related Documents