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Souse Bill No. 5510

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-178

AN ACT CONCERNING EDUCATION GRANTS, LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION GRANTS, CERTAIN SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS AND FUNDS FOR VARIOUS HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 11-24c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The State Library Board shall make construction grants to public libraries established pursuant to this chapter. The board shall: (1) Establish criteria for the purpose of developing a priority listing of all construction projects and (2) grant an amount equal to one-third of the total construction cost, not to exceed [three hundred fifty] FIVE HUNDRED thousand dollars for each approved project within the limits of the available appropriation for such projects. In the event that the appropriation is insufficient to fund projects as provided above, projects remaining on the priority list shall be included in the priority listing for the next fiscal year. Each application for such grant shall be filed on or before September first, annually, on forms to be prescribed by said board.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 10-262h of the general statutes, as amended by section 2 of public act 95-226, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each town maintaining public schools according to law shall be entitled to an equalization aid grant as follows:

(1) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1990, a grant in an amount equal to the sum of (A) the town's base aid and (B) twenty-one and one-half per cent of the difference between the town's target grant and its base aid; (2) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1991, a grant in an amount equal to the sum of (A) the town's base aid and (B) forty-five per cent of the difference between the town's target grant and its base aid; (3) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, a grant in an amount equal to the sum of (A) the town's base aid plus seventy-one per cent of the difference between the town's target grant aid and its base aid and (B) for towns whose minimum aid or enhancement aid, whichever is applicable, is more than the amount determined pursuant to subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, a percentage, determined pursuant to subparagraph (C) of this subdivision, of the difference between such minimum aid or enhancement aid, whichever is applicable, and the amount determined pursuant to said subparagraph (A). (C) Such percentage shall be determined as follows: (i) Towns whose minimum aid or enhancement aid, whichever is applicable, is more than the amount determined pursuant to said subparagraph (A) shall be ranked in descending order based on the average of the grant mastery percentage of such town, as defined in subdivision (8) of section 10-262f, AS AMENDED for the school year prior to the school year in which the grant is to be paid and the ratio of the number of children in such town under the aid to families with dependent children program, as defined in subdivision (14) of said section, to the resident students of such town, as defined in subdivision (19) of said section, for the school year two years prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid, (ii) based upon such ranking, a percentage of not more than eighty and not less than thirty-eight and two-tenths shall be determined for each town on a continuous scale, except that the percentage for minimum aid towns shall be twenty-five per cent; (4) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1993, a grant in the amount equal to the sum of (A) the product of the town's aid ratio, the foundation level and the town's total need students for the prior school year, and (B) the town's regional bonus, and (C) for any town whose grant is less than the grant it received in the previous fiscal year, the product of such difference and the sum of such town's grant mastery percentage, as defined in subdivision (8) of section 10-262f, AS AMENDED for the school year prior to the school year in which the grant is to be paid and the ratio of the number of children in such town under the aid to families with dependent children program, as defined in subdivision (14) of said section 10-262f, AS AMENDED to the resident students of such town, as defined in subdivision (19) of said section 10-262f, AS AMENDED for the school year two years prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid, except such sum shall be adjusted to the greater amount as follows: (i) If such sum is forty or more it shall be multiplied by two, (ii) for towns whose rank when all towns are ranked in ascending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on equalized mill rate is greater than eighty-five, such sum shall be fifty and (iii) for towns which received payments pursuant to section 32-9s, AS AMENDED during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, such sum shall be fifty, and (D) provided no town shall receive a grant greater than one hundred four and thirty-five hundredths per cent of its previous year's grant; (5) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995, a grant in an amount equal to the sum of (A) the product of the town's aid ratio, the foundation level and the town's total need students for the prior fiscal year, and (B) the town's regional bonus, except that no town shall receive a grant smaller than the grant it received in the previous fiscal year; (6) For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, and June 30, 1997, a grant in an amount equal to the sum of (A) the product of a town's base aid ratio, the foundation level and the town's total need students for the fiscal year prior to the year in which the grant is to be paid, (B) the product of a town's supplemental aid ratio, the foundation level and the sum of the portion of its total need students count described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of subdivision (26) of section 10-262f AS AMENDED for the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year in which the grant is to be paid, and the adjustments to its resident student count described in subdivision (22) of section 10-262f, AS AMENDED relative to length of school year and summer school sessions and (C) the town's regional bonus, except that the amount so determined shall be adjusted in accordance with the following: For the fiscal years ending June 30, 1996, and June 30, 1997, for each town, the maximum percentage increase over its previous year's base revenue shall be the product of two per cent and the ratio of the wealth of the town ranked one hundred fifty-third when all towns are ranked in descending order to each town's wealth, provided no town shall receive an increase greater than two per cent. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, for each town, the maximum percentage reduction from its previous year's base revenue shall be equal to the product of three per cent and the ratio of each town's wealth to the wealth of the town ranked seventeenth when all towns are ranked in descending order, provided no town's grant shall be reduced by more than three per cent. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, for each town, the maximum percentage reduction from its previous year's base revenue shall be equal to the product of nine per cent and the ratio of each town's wealth to the wealth of the town ranked seventeenth when all [town's] TOWNS are ranked in descending order, provided no town's grant shall be reduced by more than nine per cent. In addition to the amount determined pursuant to this subdivision, a town shall be eligible for a density supplement if the density of the town is greater than the average density of all towns in the state. The density supplement shall be determined by multiplying the density aid ratio of the town by the foundation level and the town's total needs students for the prior fiscal year FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1997, THE GRANT DETERMINED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SUBDIVISION FOR A TOWN RANKED ONE TO FORTY-TWO WHEN ALL TOWNS ARE RANKED IN DESCENDING ORDER ACCORDING TO TOWN WEALTH SHALL BE FURTHER REDUCED BY ONE AND TWO-HUNDREDTHS OF A PER CENT AND SUCH GRANT FOR ALL OTHER TOWNS SHALL BE FURTHER REDUCED BY FIFTY-SIX-HUNDREDTHS OF A PER CENT; (7) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, for towns that used an accrual method of accounting for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, the portion of the grant received pursuant to subdivision (6) of this subsection which is considered to be a reimbursement for special education expenses incurred in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, shall be equal to the ratio of the amount received for special education pursuant to subsection (a) of section 10-76g, in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, to the sum of such special education amount and the education equalization aid pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, and each fiscal year thereafter, such ratio shall be used to identify the amount of the grant pursuant to this section which is considered to be a reimbursement for special education expenses for the prior fiscal year.

Sec. 3. Section 10-266j of the general statutes, as amended by section 25 of public act 95-226, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) For the purposes of this section: "Intercommunity programs for disadvantaged children" means educational programs or services designed to improve or accelerate the education of children whose educational achievement has been or is being restricted by economic, social or environmental disadvantages. "Receiving district" means the school district which accepts pupils from another school district in accordance with an agreement between it and one or more boards of education to provide an educational program for participating children which has been approved by the State Board of Education. "Sending district" means the school district responsible by law for the education of the children participating in such a program.

(b) Any local or regional board of education may make a binding written agreement with any other such board or group of such boards to implement intercommunity programs for children under this section. Such written agreement shall include mutually acceptable terms concerning, but not limited to, the tuition per child which shall be paid by the sending district to the receiving district.

(c) (1) Each sending district shall receive, from the amount appropriated for interdistrict cooperative program grants pursuant to section 10-74d, for each child participating in an intercommunity program under this section which has been approved by the State Board of Education, an amount equal to seven hundred dollars for each such pupil. (2) Each school district which transports such children under an agreement made pursuant to this section shall be eligible to receive for each such pupil transported from one school district to another school district, from the amount SO appropriated for interdistrict cooperative program grants pursuant to section 10-74d, an amount equal to the reasonable cost of transporting each such child. (3) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter to the contrary, each sending district shall divide the number of children participating in the program by two for purposes of the counts for subdivision [(19)] (22) of section 10-262f AS AMENDED and subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 10-261. Each receiving district shall divide the number of children participating in the program by two for purposes of the counts pursuant to said subdivisions. (4) The total amount of the grants pursuant to subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection shall not exceed nine hundred thousand dollars.

(d) EACH RECEIVING DISTRICT SHALL RECEIVE FROM THE AMOUNT APPROPRIATED FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBSECTION, A GRANT IN AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHT DOLLARS FOR EACH PARTICIPATING CHILD WHO ATTENDED SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT IN THE FISCAL YEAR PRIOR TO THE YEAR IN WHICH THE GRANT IS TO BE PAID.

Sec. 4. Section 10-266m of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

A local or regional board of education providing transportation in accordance with the provisions of sections 10-54, 10-97, 10-273a, 10-277, 10-280a and 10-281 shall be reimbursed for a percentage of such transportation costs as follows: (1) The percentage of pupil transportation costs reimbursed to a local board of education shall be determined by (A) ranking each town in the state in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine according to such town's adjusted equalized net grand list per capita, as defined in section 10-261; (B) based upon such ranking, and notwithstanding the provisions of section 2-32a, (i) EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN THIS SUBPARAGRAPH a percentage of zero shall be assigned to towns ranked from one to thirteen and a percentage of not less than zero nor more than sixty shall be determined for the towns ranked from fourteen to one hundred sixty-nine on a continuous scale, except that any such percentage shall be increased by twenty percentage points in accordance with section 10-97, where applicable AND (ii) FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1997, AND FOR EACH FISCAL YEAR THEREAFTER, A PERCENTAGE OF ZERO SHALL BE ASSIGNED TO TOWNS RANKED FROM ONE TO SEVENTEEN AND A PERCENTAGE OF NOT LESS THAN ZERO NOR MORE THAN SIXTY SHALL BE DETERMINED FOR THE TOWNS RANKED FROM EIGHTEEN TO ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE ON A CONTINUOUS SCALE. (2) The percentage of pupil transportation costs reimbursed to a regional board of education shall be determined by its ranking. Such ranking shall be determined by (A) multiplying the total population, as defined in section 10-261, of each town in the district by such town's ranking, as determined in subdivision (1) of this section, (B) adding together the figures determined under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision, and (C) dividing the total computed under subparagraph (B) of this subdivision by the total population of all towns in the district. The ranking of each regional board of education shall be rounded to the next higher whole number and each such board shall receive the same reimbursement percentage as would a town with the same rank, provided such percentage shall be increased in the case of a secondary regional school district by an additional five percentage points and, in the case of any other regional school district by an additional ten percentage points. (3) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISIONS (1) AND (2) OF THIS SECTION, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1997, AND FOR EACH FISCAL YEAR THEREAFTER, NO LOCAL OR REGIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION SHALL RECEIVE A GRANT OF LESS THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

Sec. 5. Section 10-266p of the general statutes, as amended by section 24 of public act 95-226, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The State Board of Education shall administer a priority school district grant program to assist certain school districts to improve student achievement and enhance educational opportunities. The grant program shall be for school districts in (1) the eight towns in the state with the largest population, based on the most recent federal decennial census, (2) towns which rank for the first fiscal year of each biennium from one to eleven when all towns are ranked in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on the number of children under the aid to families with dependent children program as defined in subdivision (14) of section 10-262f, AS AMENDED plus the mastery count of the town as defined in subdivision (9) of said section and (3) towns which rank for the first fiscal year of each biennium one to eleven when all towns are ranked in descending order from one to one hundred sixty-nine based on the ratio of the number of children under the aid to families with dependent children program as so defined to the resident students of such town as defined in subdivision (19) of said section plus the grant mastery percentage of the town as defined in subdivision (8) of said section. The State Board of Education shall utilize the categorical grant program established under this section and sections 10-266q AS AMENDED and 10-266r AS AMENDED and other educational resources of the state to work cooperatively with such school districts during any school year to improve their educational programs OR TO PROVIDE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION OR EARLY READING INTERVENTION PROGRAMS. The State Board of Education shall allocate one million dollars to each of the eight towns described in subdivision (1) of this [section] SUBSECTION and five hundred thousand dollars to each of the towns described in subdivisions (2) and (3) of this [section] SUBSECTION, except the towns described in subdivision (1) shall not receive any additional allocation if they are also described in subdivision (2) or (3).

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, any town which received a grant pursuant to this section (1) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1994, shall receive a grant in the same amount for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, and (2) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, which does not qualify for a grant pursuant to subsection (a) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, shall receive a grant (A) for fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, in an amount equal to one-half the amount of the grant such town received for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, and (B) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, in an amount equal to one-quarter of the amount of the grant such town received for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995.

(c) IN ADDITION TO THE AMOUNT ALLOCATED PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1997, AND EACH FISCAL YEAR THEREAFTER, THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SHALL ALLOCATE (1) SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS TO EACH TOWN WHICH RANKS FROM ONE TO THREE, INCLUSIVE, IN POPULATION PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (1) OF SAID SUBSECTION (a) AND THREE HUNDRED THIRTY-FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS TO EACH TOWN WHICH RANKS FROM FOUR TO EIGHT, INCLUSIVE, IN POPULATION PURSUANT TO SAID SUBDIVISION AND (2) ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLARS TO EACH OF THE TOWNS DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISIONS (2) AND (3) OF SAID SUBSECTION (a), EXCEPT THAT THE TOWNS DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION (1) OF SAID SUBSECTION (a) SHALL NOT RECEIVE ANY ADDITIONAL ALLOCATION PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (2) OF THIS SUBSECTION IF THEY ARE ALSO DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION (2) OR (3) OF SAID SUBSECTION (a). TOWNS WHICH RECEIVE FUNDS PURSUANT TO THIS SUBSECTION SHALL USE AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO AT LEAST TWENTY-FIVE PER CENT OF SUCH FUNDS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION OR READING INTERVENTION PROGRAMS AND SUCH TOWNS SHALL NOT USE SUCH AMOUNT TO SUPPLANT THE LOCAL SHARE OF SUPPORT FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND READING INTERVENTION PROGRAMS.

Sec. 6. Subsection (b) of section 10-266q of the general statutes, as amended by sections 29 and 30 of public act 95-226 and section 19 of public act 95-259, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) A priority school district grant shall be payable to the local board of education for the school districts described in section 10-266p, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 5 OF THIS ACT which shall use the funds for any of the following: (1) The creation or expansion of training, evaluation, research, development, innovative programs or activities related to dropout prevention developed pursuant to the policy adopted by the State Board of Education in accordance with section 10-202e, (2) academic enrichment, tutorial and recreation programs or activities in school buildings during nonschool hours, (3) development or expansion of extended-day kindergarten programs, (4) DEVELOPMENT OR EXPANSION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION OR EARLY READING INTERVENTION PROGRAMS OR (5) initiatives to strengthen parent involvement in the education of children, and parent and other community involvement in school and school district programs, activities and educational policies, which may be in accordance with the provisions of section 10-4g. Each such board of education shall use its grant to supplement existing programs or create new programs. If the State Board of Education finds that any such grant is being used for other purposes or is being used to decrease the local share of support for schools, it may require repayment of such grant to the state.

Sec. 7. Subsection (a) of section 10-266t of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Commissioner of Education shall award grants annually, in accordance with this section and section 10-266u, to local and regional boards of education identified as priority school districts pursuant to section 10-266p AS AMENDED. IN ADDITION, FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1996, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROVIDE A GRANT TO ANY LOCAL OR REGIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION IN A TOWN WHICH DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR A GRANT PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (a) OF SECTION 10-266p, AS AMENDED, FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR BUT DOES QUALIFY FOR A GRANT PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (b) OF SAID SECTION FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR. The grants shall provide funds for extended school building hours for public schools in such districts for academic enrichment and support, and recreation programs for students in the districts.

Sec. 8. Section 10-65 of the general statutes, as amended by section 14 of public act 95-226, is amended by adding subsection (d) as follows:

(NEW) (d) (1) If there are any remaining funds after the amount of the grants described in subsections (a) and (c) of this section are calculated, within available appropriations, each local or regional board of education operating a vocational agricultural center shall be eligible to receive a grant in an amount equal to one hundred dollars for each student enrolled in such center on October first of the previous school year. (2) If there are any remaining funds after the amount of the grants described in subdivision (1) of this subsection are calculated, within available appropriations, each local or regional board of education operating a vocational agricultural center that had more than one hundred and fifty out-of-district students enrolled in such center on October first of the previous school year shall be eligible to receive a grant based on the ratio of the number of out-of-district students in excess of one hundred and fifty out-of-district students enrolled in such center on said date to the total number of out-of-district students in excess of one hundred and fifty out-of-district students enrolled in all vocational agricultural centers that had in excess of one hundred and fifty out-of-district students enrolled on said date.

Sec. 9. Section 17a-40 of the general statutes, as amended by section 2 of public act 95-339, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

To assist municipalities and private youth-serving organizations designated to act as agents for such municipalities in establishing, maintaining or expanding such youth service bureaus, the state, acting through the Commissioner of Education, shall provide cost-sharing grants, subject to the provisions of this section for (1) the cost of an administrative core unit and (2) the cost of the direct services unit provided by such youth service bureau. [Priority shall be given to applications for grants for administrative core units which provide administration, research, resource development, community involvement and youth advocacy for the youth service bureaus.] No state grant shall be made for capital expenditures of such bureaus. [Any municipal youth service bureau which is established on or after July 1, 1993, shall submit a request for a grant, pursuant to section 17a-40a, on or before January thirty-first of the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year for which such grant is requested.] All [existing] youth service bureaus shall submit a request for a grant, pursuant to this section and sections 17a-39 AS AMENDED and 17a-40a, AS AMENDED on or before May fifteenth of the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year for which such grant is requested.

Sec. 10. Subsections (a) and (b) of section 17a-40a of the general statutes, as amended by section 3 of public act 95-339, are repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Commissioner of Education shall establish a program to provide grants to youth service bureaus in accordance with this section. Only youth service bureaus which [received] WERE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE grants pursuant to this section for the fiscal year ending June 30, [1995, or which applied for a grant to the Commissioner of Children and Families by June 11, 1995] 1996, shall be eligible for a grant pursuant to this section for any fiscal year commencing on or after July 1, [1995] 1996. Each such youth service bureau shall receive a grant of twelve thousand dollars. The Department of Education may expend an amount not to exceed two per cent of the amount appropriated for purposes of this section for administrative expenses. If there are any remaining funds, each such youth service bureau THAT WAS AWARDED A GRANT IN EXCESS OF FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1995, shall receive a percentage of such funds. The percentage shall be determined as follows: [The] FOR EACH SUCH GRANT IN EXCESS OF FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS, THE difference between the amount of the grant [received by] AWARDED TO the youth service bureau for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995, and fifteen thousand dollars shall be divided by the difference between the total amount of the grants [received by] AWARDED TO all youth service bureaus THAT WERE AWARDED GRANTS IN EXCESS OF FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS for said fiscal year and the product of fifteen thousand dollars and the number of SUCH grants for said fiscal year.

(b) In order for a youth service bureau to receive the full amount of the state grant determined pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, a town shall contribute an amount equal to the amount of the state grant. A town shall provide not less than fifty per cent of its contribution from funds appropriated by the town for that purpose, and the remaining amount in other funds or in-kind contributions in accordance with regulations adopted by the [Commissioner] STATE BOARD of Education in accordance with chapter 54.

Sec. 11. Subsection (a) of section 46b-149 of the general statutes, as amended by section 6 of public act 95-339, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any selectman, town manager, police officer or welfare department of any town, city or borough, probation officer, superintendent of schools, the Commissioner of Children and Families, any child-caring institution [,] OR agency [or] APPROVED OR LICENSED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, ANY youth service bureau [approved or licensed by the Commissioner of Education,] a parent or foster parent of a child, or a child or his representative or attorney, who believes that the acts or omissions of a child are such that his family is a family with service needs, may file a written complaint setting forth those facts with the Superior Court which has venue over that matter.

Sec. 12. Subsections (b) to (f), inclusive, of section 33 of special act 96-8 are amended to read as follows:

(b) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, Regional Community-Technical Colleges expenditures for central office, exclusive of funds reserved for distribution to the community and the technical colleges [and] expenditures supported by federal or private funds AND FUNDS FOR SYSTEM-WIDE DATA PROCESSING INITIATIVES, shall not exceed 2.4 per cent of the total of (1) general fund appropriations and (2) operating fund expenditures, exclusive of federal and private funds.

(c) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, Regional Community-Technical Colleges expenditures for central office, executive management, fiscal operations and general administration, exclusive of expenditures supported by federal or private funds, shall not exceed [11.7] 11.9 per cent of the total of (1) general fund appropriations and (2) operating fund expenditures, exclusive of federal and private funds.

(d) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, Connecticut State University expenditures for central office, exclusive of funds reserved for distribution to the state universities and expenditures supported by federal or private funds, shall not exceed [1.1] 1.5 per cent of the total of (1) general fund appropriations and (2) operating fund expenditures, exclusive of federal and private funds.

(e) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, Connecticut State University expenditures for central office, executive management, fiscal operations and general administration, exclusive of expenditures supported by federal or private funds, shall not exceed [7.9] 8.9 per cent of the total of (1) general fund appropriations and (2) operating fund expenditures, exclusive of federal and private funds.

(f) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, The University of Connecticut expenditures for executive management, fiscal operations and general administration, exclusive of expenditures supported by federal or private funds, shall not exceed [3.9] 4.05 per cent of the total of (1) general fund appropriations and (2) other operating fund expenditures, exclusive of federal and private funds.

Sec. 13. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted pursuant to said section, the project for alteration at Langford School in East Hartford is included in section 1 of substitute house bill 5359* of the current session and shall be eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided the school district files an application for such school building project prior to June 30, 1996, and meets all other provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes and any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to said chapter.

*(Revisors' note: See S.A. 96-15, in Part 2.)

Sec. 14. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-283 of the general statutes, or any regulation adopted pursuant to said section, the project for alteration at Langford School in East Hartford is included in section 1 of substitute house bill 5359* of the current session and shall be eligible to be subsequently considered for a grant commitment from the state, provided the school district files an application for such school building project prior to June 30, 1996, and meets all other provisions of chapter 173 of the general statutes and any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to said chapter.

*(Revisors' note: See S.A. 96-15, in Part 2.)

Sec. 15. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-291 of the general statutes or any regulation adopted by the State Board of Education requiring the General Assembly to approve grant commitments before commencement of any project or causing any project to be let out for bid, the Town of New London may let out for bid and commence a project for roof replacement at Little Red Schoolhouse (Project Number 095-064), and a project for asbestos abatement at New London High School (Project Number 095-063), without prior grant commitment from the General Assembly, and shall be eligible to be subsequently considered for grant commitments by the General Assembly.

Sec. 16. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 10-292 of the general statutes or any regulations adopted by the State Board of Education requiring that a bid not be let out until plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit, the Town of New London may let out for bid and commence projects for roof replacement at Nathan Hale School, Harbor School, and Little Red Schoolhouse (Project Numbers 095-059, 095-062, and 095-064, respectively), and a project for asbestos abatement at New London High School (Project Number 095-063), and shall be eligible to be subsequently considered for grant commitments from the state, provided plans and specifications have been approved by the Department of Education's school facilities unit.

Sec. 17. The sum of $150,000 appropriated to the Department of Economic Development in section 11 of special act 95-12, as amended by section 1 of special act 96-8, for other expenses, for International Business with Germany, Italy and the Caribbean, shall be transferred to the Department of Higher Education, for other expenses, for the Cultural and Student Exchange Program.

Sec. 18. This act shall take effect from its passage except that sections 1 to 6, inclusive, and 8 to 11, inclusive, shall take effect July 1, 1996.

Approved May 31, 1996. Effective as provided in section 18.

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