ORS 327.331¹
Allowed student transportation costs
  • calculation of grants
  • rules

(1) In addition to moneys distributed through the State School Fund, the Department of Education shall award grants to school districts as provided by subsections (5) and (6) of this section for up to 50 percent of student transportation costs described in subsection (2) of this section.

(2) A school district may receive a grant under this section only for student transportation costs:

(a) For which the school district does not receive any amount in distributions from the State School Fund under ORS 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts) or any amount related to transit activities.

(b) That are incurred by the school district for the provision of transportation to students in grades 9 through 12 on:

(A) A school bus, as defined in ORS 801.460 (“School bus”); or

(B) A school activity vehicle, as defined in ORS 801.455 (“School activity vehicle”).

(3)(a) Each school district may apply to the department for a grant under this section.

(b) The department shall review and approve applications based on criteria established by the State Board of Education and shall award grants as provided by subsections (5) and (6) of this section.

(c) The applications must include the total amount of the student transportation costs described in subsection (2) of this section and the purposes for which the student transportation costs were incurred.

(4)(a) Notwithstanding ORS 338.155 (Distributions of State School Fund amounts) (9), the department may not award a grant under this section directly to a public charter school.

(b) A school district that receives a grant under this section may transfer a portion of the grant to a public charter school based on the charter of the school or any other agreement between the school district and the public charter school.

(c) A public charter school that receives grant funds under this subsection shall use those funds for the student transportation costs described in subsection (2) of this section.

(5)(a) Subject to subsection (6) of this section, the amount of each grant for a school district = the school district’s ADMw ´ (the total amount available for distribution to school districts as grants in each fiscal year ¸ the total ADMw of all school districts that receive a grant).

(b) As used in this subsection, “ADMw” means the extended weighted average daily membership as calculated under ORS 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts), 338.155 (Distributions of State School Fund amounts) (1) and 338.165 (Special education students) (2).

(6) If the total amount of grants applied for under subsection (3) of this section exceeds the total amount available for distribution to school districts under this section, the department:

(a) Shall prioritize school districts that did not receive any public moneys in the previous school year for student transportation costs described in subsection (2) of this section; and

(b) May otherwise prioritize school districts or prorate distributions based on rules adopted by the board.

(7) Each school district shall deposit the grant funds it receives under this section in a separate account and shall apply amounts in that account to pay for student transportation costs described in the school district’s grant application.

(8) The board may adopt any rules necessary for the administration of the grant program.

(9) Nothing in this section affects a school district’s eligibility to receive a waiver as provided by ORS 327.043 (When district required to provide transportation). [2018 c.62 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 327—State Financing of Elementary and Secondary Education, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors327.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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