SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR
HOUSE BILL NO. 1704
94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Reported from the Special Committee on Rural Community Development March 3, 2008 with recommendation that House Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 1704 Do Pass. Referred to the Committee on Rules pursuant to Rule 25(21)(f).
D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 163.044, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to grants for small schools.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 163.044, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 163.044, to read as follows:
163.044. 1. Beginning with the 2007 fiscal year and each subsequent fiscal year, the general assembly shall appropriate [fifteen] twenty million dollars to be directed in the following manner to school districts with an average daily attendance of three hundred fifty students or less in the school year preceding the payment year:
(1) [Ten] Fifteen million dollars shall be distributed to the eligible districts in proportion to their average daily attendance; and
(2) Five million dollars shall be directed to the eligible districts that have an operating levy for school purposes in the current year equal to or greater than the performance levy and eligible districts that had an operating levy for school purposes equal to or greater than the performance levy prior to general reassessment which required reducing the operating levy for school purposes below the performance levy. A tax-rate-weighted average daily attendance shall be calculated for each eligible district in proportion to its operating levy for school purposes for the current year divided by the performance levy with that result multiplied by the district's average daily attendance in the school year preceding the payment year. The total appropriation pursuant to this subdivision shall then be divided by the sum of the tax-rate-weighted average daily attendance of the eligible districts, and the resulting amount per tax-rate-weighted average daily attendance shall be multiplied by each eligible district's tax-rate-weighted average daily attendance to determine the amount to be paid to each eligible district.
2. Beginning with the 2009 fiscal year and each subsequent fiscal year, the general assembly shall appropriate an amount to be directed in the following manner to school districts with an average daily attendance of three hundred fifty-one to and including four hundred forty-nine students in the school year preceding the payment year, so that a school district with an average daily attendance of three hundred fifty-one shall receive ninety-nine percent of the amount per average daily attendance distributed under subdivision (1) of subsection 1 of this section and the percentage factor shall decrease by one per each additional student in average daily attendance as average daily attendance increases to and including four hundred forty-nine.
3. The payment under this section shall not be transferred to the capital projects fund. [3.] 4. Except as provided in subsection  3 of this section, districts receiving payments under this section may use the moneys for, including but not limited to, the following:
(1) Distance learning;
(2) Extraordinary transportation costs;
(3) Rural teacher recruitment; and
(4) Student learning opportunities not available within the district.