Excerpts from Treasurer Newsletter (2)

What is the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission?  How does the process work?

What is the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC)?

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) is the agency responsible for the state’s school rebuilding program. The OFCC provides building assessment, master plan development and significant financial support (over $11.5 billion to date) to Ohio school districts. Over half of Ohio’s 612 public school districts have already received funding for new or renovated school buildings as a result of this program.

What is the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program (CFAP)?

The Classroom Facilities Assistance Program (CFAP) is the OFCC program used to fund the renovation and replacement of public school buildings in Ohio. All school districts are eligible to participate. Offers are made to school districts according to each district’s posi- tion on the District Eligibility Ranking List, beginning with the lowest wealth districts.

CFAP requirements include a district-wide facilities assessment, master plan adoption, and an OFCC funding offer. Each district must also raise the required local share of the project and a ½ mill maintenance levy to care for the new facilities. Locally funded initiatives (LFIs) can be added to the project, but must be 100% paid by the district. The state share NEVER NEEDS TO BE PAID BACK. OFCC requires constructed school buildings to be LEED certified. LEED buildings offer superior sustainability and longevity performance.

What is the Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP)?

The Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP) is the OFCC program available to dis- tricts that have not reached eligibility under CFAP. It gives districts the option of moving forward on needed facilities work now, instead of waiting for state funding, according to their position on the list. In ELPP, the district chooses a specific portion of the OFCC ap- proved master plan to complete with local funding only. School districts transition from the ELPP to CFAP once OFCC program funding becomes available for that district. Any quali- fied expenditures made under ELPP are counted towards the local share needed for their CFAP project. ELPP has the same building assessment, master plan adoption, local share and maintenance levy requirements as CFAP. Finneytown is participating in the ELPP currently.