DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office of the Secretary
Educational Impact Analysis Pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122(d)
405 Minor Capital Improvement Program
A. TYPE OF REGULATORY ACTION REQUESTED
Amendment to Existing Regulation
B. SYNOPSIS OF SUBJECT MATTER OF REGULATION
Pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122(b) and 29 Del.C. §7528, the Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 405 Minor Capital Improvement Program. This amendment is needed due to changes in the threshold amount for Minor Capital Improvement Programs. This regulation is also being edited to comply with the Delaware Administrative Code Drafting and Style Manual.
Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by submitting them to the Department of Education, Office of the Secretary, Attn: Regulation Review, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901 or through the Department's online submission form at https://education.delaware.gov/community/delaware-education-laws-and-regulations/provide-public-comment/ by the close of business (4:30 p.m. EST) on or before August 1, 2022. Any person who wishes to receive a copy of the proposed regulation may obtain a copy from the Department at the Office of the Secretary on the second floor of the Townsend Building, 401 Federal Street, Dover, Delaware.
C. IMPACT CRITERIA
1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The amended regulation does not specifically address the improvement of student achievement as measured against state achievement standards.
2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The amended regulation will help ensure all students receive an equitable education.
3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' health and safety are adequately protected? The amended regulation does not address students' health and safety.
4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' legal rights are respected? The amended regulation continues to help ensure that all students' legal rights are respected.
5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level? The amended regulation does not change necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level.
6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The amended regulation does not place any unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates on decision makers.
7. Will the decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated be placed in the same entity? The amended regulation does not change the decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated.
8. Will the amended regulation be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies? The amended regulation is consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies.
9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation? There is no less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the amended regulation.
10. What is the cost to the State and to the local school boards of compliance with the regulation? There are no material costs to implementing this amended regulation.
*Please Note: The Regulatory Flexibility Analysis and Impact Statement for this regulation, as required by 29 Del. C. Ch. 104, is available at:
405 Minor Capital Improvement Program
The Minor Capital Improvement Program's primary purpose is to keep real property assets in their original condition of completeness and efficiency on a scheduled basis. It is not for increasing the plant inventory or changing its composition. Minor Capital Improvement Program projects cost less than $750,000 unless the project is for roof repair $1,000,000 and the underlying assets should carry a life expectancy of 10 years or more. In addition, roof, window and door replacements, paving projects, generator replacements, floor replacements, HVAC replacements, and plumbing replacements will be considered minor capital improvements, however, this does not exempt capitalization of these projects in accordance with the Budget and Accounting Policy Manual, Chapter 13 Asset Management, Section 13.10.1 Construction Work in Process (CWIP). The Minor Capital Improvement Program shall be reviewed annually by the school district and should be comprised of work necessary for good maintenance practice.
The following words and terms, when used in this regulation, have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
“Career Technical Program Equipment” means either a movable or fixed unit but not a built-in unit. In addition, the equipment shall retain its original shape and appearance with use, be nonexpendable, and represent an investment which makes it feasible and advisable to capitalize and not lose its identity through incorporation into a different or more complex unit. Computers and computer peripheral equipment may be purchased using Minor Capital Improvement Vocational Education Equipment Replacement Funds provided such equipment purchased with such funds is used in a vocational education setting for the service life of said equipment.
“Minor Capital Improvement Program” means a program which provides for the planned and programmed maintenance and repair of the school plant.
3.1 The expenditure of Minor Capital Improvement Program funds are authorized for the following areas, including but not limited to: maintenance and maintenance equipment, repairs, inspections, testing, maintenance agreements and service contracts related to: roofs, heating systems, ventilation and air conditioning systems, plumbing and water systems, electrical systems, windows, doors, floors, ceilings, masonry, structural built-in equipment, painting, fire suppression and life safety systems, security systems installation and maintenance, school grounds, athletic facilities and playgrounds, as well as renovations, alterations and modernizations that do not require major structural changes. Maintenance equipment may include specialized vehicles for maintaining buildings and grounds and attachments or accessories for general purpose vehicles where the attachments or accessories are for maintenance of buildings and grounds.
3.2 Funds allocated for a specific project shall be used only for that project. Program funds may not be used for the following: motorized vehicles not identified in subsection 3.1, routine janitorial supplies, new construction that increases the area of a building or extends any of its component systems, site improvements that add to or extend the existing roadways or sidewalks, surfacing a non-surfaced area for parking, completing major construction projects or specific items omitted or deleted from major construction projects or floor space allocated according to formula and used otherwise.
Invoices shall be approved by the Department of Education and the Office of Management and Budget before submission to the Division of Accounting for processing. Payments may be made as the project progresses or after work has been completed and accepted, as warranted by the nature and scope of the individual project or projects.
5.1 Replacement of Career Technical Program Equipment may be accomplished using Minor Capital Improvement Vocational Education Replacement Funds.
5.2 To replace Career Technical Program Equipment, the equipment must have a unit cost of $500 or more, be obsolete or more than five (5) years old, and be purchased with state or local funds.
5.3 Funds shall be allocated based on the percentage of a district's Vocational Division II Units to the total of such units of all participating districts. This percentage is applied to the total funds available in a given year for Career Technical Program Equipment. Allocations for technical school districts do not require a local match.
6.1 Minor Capital Improvement Program project purchase orders shall be reviewed and approved by the Department of Education and the Office of Management and Budget before submission to the Division of Accounting.
6.2 Funds may be expended as long as the appropriation is active and continuing as authorized through legislation, usually a three (3) year period. Appropriations may be accumulated over those three (3) years and expended for a major replacement when a sufficient balance is attained. Funds unexpended when the appropriation expires shall revert to the state unless properly continued through legislation and Office of Management and Budget requirements.
Workers may be hired under the Minor Capital Improvement Program provided they are temporary hires and directly involved in the planning, constructing, or record maintenance of the construction project.