AR 7111


    Evaluating Existing Buildings

    The Superintendent or designee shall periodically evaluate the adequacy, design, and conditions of existing district facilities to determine whether they meet the needs of the instructional program and provide a healthful and pleasing environment for students and staff. He/she also shall determine whether district facilities fulfill legal requirements for safety and structural soundness, access for the disabled, and energy conservation. 

    (cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)
    (cf. 3511 - Energy and Water Management)
    (cf. 3514 - Environmental Safety)
    (cf. 3515 - Campus Security)
    (cf. 3516 - Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan)
    (cf. 3517 - Facilities Inspection) 

    In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall regularly calculate the capacity of existing school buildings to adequately house the district's current students and projected enrollments. 

    Any identified needs for repair, modernization, or construction shall be incorporated into the district's facilities planning process. 

    (cf. 7110 - Facilities Master Plan) 

    Structural Safety 

    In the event that the Department of General Services or any licensed structural engineer or licensed architect finds and reports to the Governing Board that a district building is unsafe for use, the Superintendent or designee shall immediately obtain an estimate of the cost of repairs or reconstruction necessary to bring the building up to legal standards for structural safety. The Board shall establish a system of priorities for the repair, reconstruction, or replacement of unsafe school buildings.  (Education Code 17367) 

    A relocatable school building or structure shall meet the requirements of Education Code 17280-17317 and 17365-17374 pertaining to structural safety. 

    Energy Efficiency 

    To the extent that services are available, the Superintendent or designee shall arrange for the energy audit of school buildings to identify the type and amount of work necessary to retrofit buildings and obtain an estimate of projected energy savings. The district may contract with qualified businesses capable of retrofitting these buildings and may borrow funds which do not exceed the amount of energy savings to be accumulated from the improvement of the buildings.  (Education Code 17651-17653)

    Legal Reference:
    17070.10-17077.10  Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998, especially:
    17071.10-17071.40  Existing school building capacity
    17280-17316  Building approvals
    17365-17374  Fitness for occupancy
    17650-17653  Retrofitting school facilities for energy conservation
    53097  Compliance with city or county ordinances
    53097.5  Inspection of schools by city or county
    1859-1859.106  Regulations relating to the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 

    Management Resources:
    Maximizing School Board Governance: School Facilities Management
    CSBA:  http://www.csba.org
    California Department of Education, School Facilities Division: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa
    California Energy Commission, Bright Schools Program:
    Coalition for Adequate School Housing: http://www.cashnet.org
    Department of General Services, Office of Public School Construction: 


    Regulation approved:  08/15/1996
    Amended:  08/19/1999; 10/18/2007; 03/01/2016