ERIC Number: ED414720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
School Construction. Background Paper 97-4.
Sturm, H. Pepper
Public schools in the United States will face significant infrastructure needs within the next few years. Some of the numerous issues surrounding these needs, as they affect Nevada's schools, are detailed in this report. Current practices in Nevada have followed those of other quickly growing school systems in which funds are being diverted from routine maintenance and capital improvement so as to support programs. Some remedies to this practice, such as general obligation bonds or "pay-as-you-go" funding, are explored. For the benefit of comparison, capital construction in other states and varying levels of participation are presented. Some possible alternatives for state assistance in Nevada are covered, such as structural alternatives and financing alternatives, including state general obligation bonds, state revenue bonds, and state appropriations. Options currently under consideration in other states are likewise discussed. It is argued that the recent spate of equity lawsuits involving facilities construction in other states should guide any participation by Nevada in school construction; mechanisms to define state involvement should promote equity in capital expenditures. Four appendixes, which compose one-half of the paper, offer profiles of Nevada school demographics, the state's role in financing, needs assessment, and historical practices in state assistance. (RJM)
Descriptors: Bids, Capital, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Money Management, School Buildings, School Construction, School Funds, School Taxes, State Action, State Aid, State Legislation
Legislative Counsel Bureau, 401 South Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701-4747.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, Carson City.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada