For purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:
(a) "Capacity-related busing" means transporting a pupil to a school other than the school of residence in order to reduce the number of pupils attending the school of residence.
(b) "Circumstances beyond the control of the district" means any of the following:
(1) An increase in pupil population beyond the demographic projections set forth in the district's comprehensive action plan, or an amendment thereto, if the increase was not reasonably foreseeable through the use of annual, informed reestimates of demographic projections.
(2) A cost escalation, shortage in construction material or capacity, delay in completion of an environmental review, or natural or human-made disaster materially affecting the district's facilities program, if the circumstance was not reasonably foreseeable and the district exercised due diligence in planning for that circumstance.
(3) A lack of sufficient state or local funds to complete necessary school construction. "Lack of sufficient state or local funds" may not be substantiated if a district expends state or local funds designated for new construction for any purpose other than the construction of additional school facilities to reduce reliance on the Concept 6 program, except for funds for projects eligible to receive facility hardship funds pursuant to Article 8 (commencing with Section 17075.10) of Chapter 12.5 of Part 10.
(c) "Comprehensive action plan" means the plan developed pursuant to Section 37682.
(d) "Concept 6" means a program whereby a school operates on a three-track year-round calendar in which each track provides fewer than 180 days, but no fewer than 163 days, of instruction per school year.
(e) "Specific school building plan" means both of the following:
(1) The district has identified preferred sites and has approved projects, as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code), needed to satisfy the pupil capacity projected in the district' s comprehensive action plan.
(2) The district has identified and obtained the funding necessary to complete the particular projects identified. If state funding is part of the funding identified, a district is deemed to have obtained state funding if it has received either of the following:
(A) An apportionment from the state for the project.
(B) A preliminary apportionment for the project under the Critically Overcrowded School Facilities Program, as set forth in Article 11 (commencing with Section 17078.10) of Chapter 12.5 of Part 10.
(f) "State board" means the State Board of Education.
(g) "Substantial progress" means achieving a total enrollment on Concept 6 calendars of no more than 110 percent of the annual numerical goals set forth in the district's comprehensive action plan.
(h) "Technical assistance" includes, but is not limited to, assistance in identifying and acquiring a schoolsite, guidance in maximizing access to funding, and facilitating the process of obtaining state approval for new construction projects.
(Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 901, Sec. 3.)
Education Code 17075.10
Education Code 17078.10
Education Code 37682
Public Resources Code 21000