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Charter Schools

CONSTRUCTION OR RENOVATION OF A FACILITY

A charter school may construct or renovate a school facility in accordance with School Code Sections 24 P.S. 17-1715-A and 24 P.S. 17-1722-A.

Construction or renovation of a charter school facility is not eligible for Commonwealth reimbursement pursuant to School Code Section 24 P.S. 25-2574.

A charter school may lease property from public or private entities. In the event that a facility is being constructed or renovated so that it can be leased to a charter school, please note that said construction or renovation work may be subject to certain School Code requirements.

Prior to undertaking a project, charter schools are advised to contact the Department of Education’s Division of Budget and School Facilities, other state agencies such as the Departments of Labor and Industry, Transportation, and Environmental Protection, as well as county and municipal agencies having jurisdiction over school construction, to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Additional information can be obtained via the following link (See Section 12 – Facilities):

Basic Education Circular 24 P.S. §17-1701-A, Charter Schools

Lease of a Facility

School Code Section 24 P.S. 25-2574.3 provides Commonwealth reimbursement for leases of buildings or portions of buildings for charter school use, which have been approved by the Secretary of Education on or after July 1, 2001.

The Commonwealth’s annual reimbursable amount for leases of buildings or portions of buildings for charter school use is the lesser of (i) the annual rental payable under the provisions of the approved lease agreement, or (ii) the product of the charter school facility's enrollment times a legislated dollar amount based on the type of school. Commonwealth subsidy equals the approved annual reimbursable amount multiplied by the aid ratio for a charter school.

Further guidance on the charter school facility lease reimbursement program is available from the Department’s Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management, Division of Budget and School Facilities, which is responsible for administering the program.

Facility Lease Reimbursement Program

For fiscal years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, the forms and instructions via the following links are to be utilized for submitting requests for Commonwealth reimbursement on charter school facility leases:

Fiscal Year 2016-2017
Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Questions regarding this program can be directed to the Department’s Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management, Division of Budget and School Facilities, at 717-787-5993 or by email at RA-SchoolFacilities@pa.gov