Florida Senate - 2017 PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE Bill No. CS for SB 984 Ì265974QÎ265974 576-04050-17 Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations (Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K - 12 Education) 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the shared use of public school 3 playground facilities; creating s. 1013.101, F.S.; 4 providing legislative findings and intent; defining 5 terms; requiring the Department of Education to 6 provide specified assistance to school districts; 7 providing department responsibilities; specifying 8 funding allocation guidelines; requiring the 9 department to annually post information regarding 10 specified allocations on its website and report to the 11 Legislature; requiring the department to develop an 12 application process for school districts; requiring 13 funding priority to be given to high-need communities; 14 requiring reports to the Legislature by specified 15 dates; creating the Shared Use Task Force within the 16 department; specifying the purpose and membership of 17 the task force; providing requirements for electing a 18 task force chair and vice chair and conducting its 19 meetings; requiring the department to provide the task 20 force with necessary staff; requiring the task force 21 to submit a report to the Legislature by a specified 22 date; providing for expiration of the task force; 23 providing for rulemaking; providing an effective date. 24 25 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 26 27 Section 1. Section 1013.101, Florida Statutes, is created 28 to read: 29 1013.101 Shared use agreements.— 30 (1) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT.—The Legislature finds 31 that greater public access to recreation and sports facilities 32 is needed to reduce the impact of obesity, diabetes, and other 33 chronic diseases on personal health and health care 34 expenditures. Public schools are equipped with taxpayer-funded 35 indoor and outdoor recreation facilities that offer easily 36 accessible opportunities for physical activity for residents of 37 the community. The Legislature also finds that it is the policy 38 of the state for district school boards to allow the shared use 39 of school buildings and property by adopting policies allowing 40 for shared use and implementing shared use agreements with local 41 governmental entities and nonprofit organizations. The 42 Legislature intends to increase the number of school districts 43 that open their playground facilities to community use outside 44 of school hours. 45 (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 46 (a) “High-need communities” means communities in which at 47 least 50 percent of children are eligible to receive free or 48 reduced-price meals at the school that will be the subject of 49 the shared use agreement. 50 (b) “Shared use” means allowing access to school playground 51 facilities by community members for recreation or another 52 purpose of importance to the community through a shared use 53 agreement or a school district or school policy that opens 54 school facilities for use by government or nongovernmental 55 entities or the public. 56 (c) “Shared use agreement” means a written agreement 57 between a school district and a government or nongovernmental 58 entity which defines the roles, responsibilities, terms, and 59 conditions for community use of a school-owned facility for 60 recreation or other purposes. 61 (3) PROMOTION OF COMMUNITY USE OF SHARED FACILITIES.—The 62 department shall provide technical assistance to school 63 districts, including, but not limited to, individualized 64 assistance, the creation of a shared use technical assistance 65 toolkit containing useful information for school districts, and 66 the development of a publicly accessible online database of 67 shared use resources and existing shared use agreements. 68 (4) DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBILITIES.—The department shall: 69 (a) Establish guidelines for funding eligibility consistent 70 with this section, promote the availability of the funding 71 statewide, provide technical assistance to applicants, evaluate 72 applicants, determine allowable expenses, and disburse funding. 73 (b) Annually post on its website and report to the 74 President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of 75 Representatives the expenditure of the funds used to administer 76 this section, including the total amount of funding distributed, 77 the school districts that received funding, the amount of 78 funding each school district received, and the department’s 79 evaluation results. 80 (c) Develop an application process for school districts to 81 receive funding. The application must require that a school 82 district: 83 1. Demonstrate that it has an active partnership with a 84 local governmental agency or nonprofit organization; 85 2. Agree to fully implement its shared use project within 86 the grant period; 87 3. Abide by the conditions for receiving assistance; 88 4. Provide the department with a copy of the school 89 district’s shared use agreement or shared use policy; and 90 5. Collect and provide data and other information required 91 by the department for monitoring, accountability, and evaluation 92 purposes. 93 (d) Give funding priority to high-need communities. In 94 consultation with the Shared Use Task Force, the department may 95 establish additional criteria for funding priorities consistent 96 with this section. 97 (5) REPORT.—By December 31, 2017, the department shall 98 submit an electronic report to the President of the Senate and 99 the Speaker of the House of Representatives on the grants that 100 have been disbursed or are in the process of being disbursed. 101 The department shall submit a final report on the grant 102 disbursements by June 30, 2018. 103 Section 2. Shared Use Task Force.—The Shared Use Task 104 Force, a task force as defined in s. 20.03, Florida Statutes, is 105 created within the Department of Education. The task force is 106 created to identify barriers in creating shared use agreements 107 and to make recommendations to facilitate the shared use of 108 school facilities generally and in high-need communities. 109 (1) The task force is composed of 7 members appointed by 110 the department, as follows: 111 (a) Two representatives from school districts, including 1 112 representative from school districts 1 through 33 and 1 113 representative from school districts 34 through 67; 114 (b) One representative from a public health department; 115 (c) Two representatives from community-based programs in 116 high-need communities; and 117 (d) Two representatives from recreational organizations. 118 (2) The task force shall elect a chair and vice chair. The 119 chair and vice chair may not be representatives from the same 120 member category. Members of the task force shall serve without 121 compensation, but are entitled to reimbursement for per diem and 122 travel expenses pursuant to s. 112.061, Florida Statutes. 123 (3) The task force shall meet by teleconference or other 124 electronic means, if possible, to reduce costs. 125 (4) The department shall provide the task force with staff 126 necessary to assist the task force in the performance of its 127 duties. 128 (5) The task force shall submit a report of its findings 129 and recommendations to the President of the Senate and the 130 Speaker of the House of Representatives by October 1, 2017. Upon 131 submission of the report, the task force shall expire. 132 (6) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to 133 implement and administer this section. 134 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.