Seeking Public Comment - New Policies
The SFB is seeking public comment on several newly proposed policies that were presented to the Board on September 5, 2018. Please put your written comments on company/district letterhead and attach them to your email. Also, please reference in your comments the specific policy, section(s), and subsection(s) for which you are providing feedback. Comments are due by close of business on September 28, 2018. Please send your written comments to [email protected].
Volkswagen (VW) Settlement - School Bus Replacement Program (Applications due by Sept. 28, 2018)
Effective August 8, 2018, the Environmental Mitigation School Bus Replacement Program is accepting applications online via eCivis. In June, Governor Doug Ducey released a $38 million plan to purchase more than 280 new school buses in low-income communities across the State utilizing settlement funds from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. Applications are due by September 28, 2018. Visit the Arizona Department of Administration's VW Settlement website for more information and to apply.
SFB Board Packet Schedule for School Districts
The following schedule has been established for school districts to submit their project paperwork to their SFB Liaison based upon the dates of the upcoming Board meetings. If a school district submits the project paperwork by the submittal deadline, the SFB Liaison will review the submission and determine if it is complete and may be included on the agenda for the next meeting. However, if any additional information is needed, the project may need to be put on a future agenda. If a school district misses a deadline, the project may be considered for a future meeting.
SFB Board Meeting School District Deadline
Lead in Drinking Water Program
The School Facilities Board, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the Department of Health Services (ADHS), is working with Arizona school districts to remediate potential sources of lead in drinking water. School districts may apply for Building Renewal Grant (BRG) funding to replace drinking fountains and sink faucets, install in-line filters and conduct post-corrective action testing to ensure the availability of safe drinking water in Arizona schools. The link provided above is to the SFB's Lead in Drinking Water (LIDW) website where you will find links to school district test results and the status of BRG remediation projects through to completion. Please contact Bill DeArmond at [email protected] or 602-542-6667 if you have any questions about the program.
In addition, we have provided the link below to the ADEQ website for the proactive screening program.
Arizona Rubber Flooring Project
The School Facilities Board (SFB) is working to identify schools with urethane rubberized flooring in gymnasiums, multi-purpose rooms, cafeterias and possibly classrooms. The presence of this flooring material does not automatically present a concern. However, out of an abundance of caution, the SFB has teamed up with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to address health and environmental concerns, develop testing protocols, evaluate the data, and implement any necessary remediation measures.
The SFB is moving swiftly to identify those schools with urethane rubberized flooring. We surveyed all Arizona school districts and will use information from the survey to identify those schools with urethane rubberized flooring, create a centralized inventory, proceed with a testing plan, and conduct any necessary corrective action. More information on the Arizona Rubber Flooring Project, please visit the website: https://schoolflooring.az.gov.