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master facility plan costs for these projects, as assessed by OFCC, amounted to
531.6 million. Of that total, the state share was $329.4 million (62%) and the local share
was $202.3 million (38%). The Lorain City School District was the largest school district
whose plan was completed in FY 2017, with master facility plan costs of $216.3 million
and 14 buildings constructed or renovated. The state contributed $175.2 million (81%) of
the district's plan cost, which was originally funded in 2001. On average, the state share
for the other ten districts was about 49%.
Through the end of FY 2017, 42% of districts statewide, including 261 school
districts and 15 JVSDs, have completed projects that fully addressed their facilities'
needs through the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program (CFAP) and another 17% of
districts, including 115 regular districts, have buildings in the design or construction
phase or had some work performed through another OFCC program. An additional
0% of districts, including 114 school districts and 17 JVSDs, have been offered funding,
but have either deferred the offer, allowed it to lapse because they were unable to
secure the required local share, or are in the process of seeking the required local share.
In contrast, 21% of school districts statewide, including 120 regular districts and
7 JVSDs, have not yet been offered CFAP funding.
Overall, OFCC disbursed $267.9 million on school facilities assistance projects in
FY 2017, over 88% of which was spent on CFAP projects. The remainder, $31.7 million,
primarily supported OFCC's Exceptional Needs Program ($13.0 million), which
addresses the facilities' needs of a specific building rather than the entire facilities' needs
of a district, as well as facilities assistance for science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM) schools ($7.8 million) and high-performing community schools
($6.4 million). S.B. 310 of the 131st General Assembly, the current capital appropriations
act, appropriates a total of $650 million for classroom facilities assistance projects for the
FY 2017-FY 2018 capital biennium, primarily supported through the sale of bonds.
DNR Awards Nearly $11.8 Million Under Outdoor
Recreation Facility Grant Programs
Tom Wert, Budget Analyst, 614-466-0520
On November 1, 2017, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced
the recipients of nearly $11.8 million in funding under three grant programs. Of this
total, nearly $7.3 million will go to 20 communities in 18 counties under Clean Ohio
Trails Fund grants for community projects that connect regional trail systems and
provide access to outdoor recreation areas from urban areas. Next, almost $2.8 million
10 For a list of these districts, please refer to page 18 of OFCC's annual report for FY 2017,
available online at: http://ofcc.ohio.gov/Resources/Publications.aspx.