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School Construction and Facilities (PlanCon)

When a school district undertakes a major school construction project and seeks reimbursement from the Commonwealth, a process known as PlanCon is initiated. PlanCon, an acronym for Planning and Construction Workbook, is a set of forms and procedures used to apply for Commonwealth reimbursement. The forms are designed to: (1) document a local school district's planning process; (2) provide justification for a project to the public; (3) ascertain compliance with state laws, regulations and standards; and (4) establish the level of state participation in the cost of the project.

The Division of School Facilities in the Department of Education reviews proposed school building projects including their plans and specifications, enrollments, building utilization and building condition. The Division also calculates state reimbursement for qualified school construction projects, and reviews and approves the financing for reimbursable projects.

At this time, the Department is not accepting new PlanCon Part A applications. On June 28, 2019, Governor Wolf signed into law House Bill 1615 (now known as Act 16 of 2019) which includes (in Section 732.1) a continuation of the moratorium on new Part A submittals being received by this office during Fiscal Year 2019 – 20 (ie: 7/1/19 – 6/30/20).

The Division is also responsible for approving reimbursement for charter school facility leases.

PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee

The PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee was established pursuant to Act 25 of 2016 to review and make recommendations related to the program for state reimbursement for construction and reconstruction and lease of public school buildings. The 16-member committee includes both the Majority and Minority Chairs of the Senate and House Appropriations and Education Committees, along with one member appointed by: the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Minority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. The committee also includes the Secretary of Education, a representative of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, a representative of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, and a member appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

View the PlanCon Advisory Committee’s Final Report, which was issued on May 23, 2018, following a public hearing to consider the final recommendations and report.