Florida Senate - 2017 CS for SB 984 By the Committee on Education; and Senators Bean, Broxson, Mayfield, Brandes, Baxley, and Garcia 581-03345-17 2017984c1 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 for funding as established in the General 8 Appropriations Act; specifying funding allocation 9 guidelines; requiring the department to annually post 10 information regarding specified allocations on its 11 website and report to the Legislature; requiring the 12 department to develop an application process for 13 school districts; requiring funding priority to be 14 given to high-need communities; requiring reports to 15 the Legislature by specified dates; creating the 16 Shared Use Task Force within the department; 17 specifying the purpose and membership of the task 18 force; providing requirements for electing a task 19 force chair and vice chair and conducting its 20 meetings; requiring the department to provide the task 21 force with necessary staff; requiring the task force 22 to submit a report to the Legislature by a specified 23 date; providing for expiration of the task force; 24 providing for rulemaking; providing an effective date. 25 26 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 27 28 Section 1. Section 1013.101, Florida Statutes, is created 29 to read: 30 1013.101 Shared use agreements.— 31 (1) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT.—The Legislature finds 32 that greater public access to recreation and sports facilities 33 is needed to reduce the impact of obesity, diabetes, and other 34 chronic diseases on personal health and health care 35 expenditures. Public schools are equipped with taxpayer-funded 36 indoor and outdoor recreation facilities that offer easily 37 accessible opportunities for physical activity for residents of 38 the community. The Legislature also finds that it is the policy 39 of the state for district school boards to allow the shared use 40 of school buildings and property by adopting policies allowing 41 for shared use and implementing shared use agreements with local 42 governmental entities and nonprofit organizations. The 43 Legislature intends to increase the number of school districts 44 that open their playground facilities to community use outside 45 of school hours. 46 (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 47 (a) “High-need communities” means communities in which at 48 least 50 percent of children are eligible to receive free or 49 reduced-price meals at the school that will be the subject of 50 the shared use agreement. 51 (b) “Shared use” means allowing access to school playground 52 facilities by community members for recreation or another 53 purpose of importance to the community through a shared use 54 agreement or a school district or school policy that opens 55 school facilities for use by government or nongovernmental 56 entities or the public. 57 (c) “Shared use agreement” means a written agreement 58 between a school district and a government or nongovernmental 59 entity which defines the roles, responsibilities, terms, and 60 conditions for community use of a school-owned facility for 61 recreation or other purposes. 62 (3) PROMOTION OF COMMUNITY USE OF SHARED FACILITIES.—The 63 department shall provide technical assistance to school 64 districts, including, but not limited to, individualized 65 assistance, the creation of a shared use technical assistance 66 toolkit containing useful information for school districts, and 67 the development of a publicly accessible online database of 68 shared use resources and existing shared use agreements. 69 (4) FUNDING.—The department shall do all of the following 70 with funds as established in the General Appropriations Act: 71 (a) Provide short-term grants to help school districts open 72 their facilities for shared use before or after school hours, 73 including evenings, weekends, and school vacations. 74 (b) Establish guidelines for funding eligibility consistent 75 with this section, promote the availability of the funding 76 statewide, provide technical assistance to applicants, evaluate 77 applicants, determine allowable expenses, and disburse funding. 78 (c) Annually post on its website and report to the 79 President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of 80 Representatives the expenditure of the funds used to administer 81 this section, including the total amount of funding distributed, 82 the school districts that received funding, the amount of 83 funding each school district received, and the department’s 84 evaluation results. 85 (d) Develop an application process for school districts to 86 receive funding. The application must require that a school 87 district: 88 1. Demonstrate that it has an active partnership with a 89 local governmental agency or nonprofit organization or that the 90 funds will be used to open school facilities for use by the 91 public; 92 2. Agree to fully implement its shared use project within 93 the grant period; 94 3. Abide by the conditions for receiving assistance; 95 4. Provide the department with a copy of the school 96 district’s shared use agreement or shared use policy; and 97 5. Collect and provide data and other information required 98 by the department for monitoring, accountability, and evaluation 99 purposes. 100 (e) Give funding priority to high-need communities. In 101 consultation with the Shared Use Task Force, the department may 102 establish additional criteria for funding priorities consistent 103 with this section. 104 (5) REPORT.—By December 31, 2017, the department shall 105 submit an electronic report to the President of the Senate and 106 the Speaker of the House of Representatives on the grants that 107 have been disbursed or are in the process of being disbursed. 108 The department shall submit a final report on the grant 109 disbursements by June 30, 2018. 110 Section 2. Shared Use Task Force.—The Shared Use Task 111 Force, a task force as defined in s. 20.03, Florida Statutes, is 112 created within the Department of Education. The task force is 113 created to identify barriers in creating shared use agreements 114 and to make recommendations to facilitate the shared use of 115 school facilities generally and in high-need communities. 116 (1) The task force is composed of 7 members appointed by 117 the department, as follows: 118 (a) Two representatives from school districts, including 1 119 representative from school districts 1 through 33 and 1 120 representative from school districts 34 through 67; 121 (b) One representative from a public health department; 122 (c) Two representatives from community-based programs in 123 high-need communities; and 124 (d) Two representatives from recreational organizations. 125 (2) The task force shall elect a chair and vice chair. The 126 chair and vice chair may not be representatives from the same 127 member category. Members of the task force shall serve without 128 compensation, but are entitled to reimbursement for per diem and 129 travel expenses pursuant to s. 112.061, Florida Statutes. 130 (3) The task force shall meet by teleconference or other 131 electronic means, if possible, to reduce costs. 132 (4) The department shall provide the task force with staff 133 necessary to assist the task force in the performance of its 134 duties. 135 (5) The task force shall submit a report of its findings 136 and recommendations to the President of the Senate and the 137 Speaker of the House of Representatives by October 1, 2017. Upon 138 submission of the report, the task force shall expire. 139 (6) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to 140 implement and administer this section. 141 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.