State funding to help school districts pay for construction projects, often referred to as SCAP.
Three factors determine how much funding is possible per project:
Any cost beyond SCAP funding is the district’s responsibility.
A district must pass a local bond or levy in order to access SCAP funding. Once approved by voters within the district, a district must follow the D-form process with OSPI to determine eligibility for a given project, a process that can take many months to a couple of years. Then, the project needs to be funded by OSPI, which gets its information from the Legislature. It is possible that a district can get preliminary approval from OSPI prior to the project being funded by the Legislature. Finally, the district must generally front-fund their portion of the project, and then apply for reimbursement from OSPI once their local share is met.
Share the connections you found between facility needs and teaching and learning. If possible, consider having positive examples to contrast with your negative anecdotes.
Ask your legislators to support revision of the SCAP formula to reflect actual need by enhancing the square footage and student ratios.
Updated January 2023