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15.062 Replacement and Repair of Indian Schools
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq., as amended, Title IV; Tribal Self-Governance Act of 1994, Public Law 103-413; Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988, as amended, Public Law 100-297, 25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.
To provide safe, functional, code-compliant, economical, and energy-efficient education facilities for American Indian students attending Bureau of Indian Affairs owned or funded primary and secondary schools and/or residing in Bureau owned or funded dormitories.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Replacement School Construction: Funds are provided for advanced planning, design, and construction of major expansions or major replacements of Bureau of Indian Affairs owned or funded education facilities for the direct support of primary and secondary schools and/or dormitories. An education facility may include an entire school facility or building, or a component(s) of a school facility or building, such as, classrooms, multi-purpose rooms or gymnasiums, or cafeteria/kitchens; and may include other improvements to real property such as, water storage tanks, water and sewer distribution lines, parking lots, and other site improvements. School facilities are replaced only in those instances where rehabilitation and upgrading are not feasible because of eligible American Indian student capacity needs, functional changes or costs. Facilities Improvement and Repair: Funds are provided for advanced planning, design, and construction for facilities improvement and repair of education facilities for the direct support of primary and secondary schools and/or dormitories and the Bureau's two post secondary schools. Funds are used to improve, repair and rehabilitate facilities and in some instances replace components of education facilities and may include other improvements to real property as noted under Replacement School Construction.
Applicant Eligibility: Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Tribal Organizations, including School Boards, who have a prioritized Replacement School Construction or Facilities Improvement and Repair project for which funds have been appropriated.
Pre-application Coordination: An informal conference with Bureau agency representatives is strongly recommended to determine the application and award procedures to be followed. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Financial status reports, SF 269A, are required. Program progress reporting requirements will be negotiated with the Self- Determination contractor/grantee.
Account Identification: 14-2301-0-1-452.
Replacement School Construction: A grades 9 through 12 junior/senior high school in Arizona and a grades pre-K through 8 in Iowa were recently completed. Facilities Improvement and Repair: Funds are used to address environmental projects, AHERA requirements, minor repairs, emergency repairs, major repair/replacement projects and safety and health and other code deficiencies.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
25 CFR Part 900 "Contracts under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act," 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," or the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 2501 et seq., as applicable; OMB Circulars No. A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments," A-122, "Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations," A-21, "Cost Principles for Educational Institutions," as applicable; and Bureau of Indian Affairs Manual, Chapter 25, Supplements 18 and 19; Bureau of Indian Affairs Education Space Guidelines.
Regional or Local Office: See Regional Agency Offices. Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office as listed in Appendix IV.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Replacement School Construction: A pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 school complex was funded in the State of Washington. Because of the size of the project, funds were appropriated in increments for this project. In recent years funds have been provided to build elementary and middle schools in North Dakota, New Mexico, and Mississippi, a high school in South Dakota and a library in Mississippi. Facilities Improvement and Repair: The emphasis of this program is minor replacement construction, major and minor repairs, and emergency projects to remedy life safety and health related deficiencies in facilities. Examples of projects include: boiler repair and replacement; roofing repair and replacement of gymnasium; removal of underground storage tanks; installation of fire exit lights, emergency lights, fire rated doors, and other safety related items; and replacement of water storage tanks.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Replacement School Construction: Funds are appropriated based on the "Education Facilities Replacement Construction Priority List as of 2000," published in the FEDERAL REGISTER on Monday, January 31, 2000, at 65 FR 4623. The list contains 13 schools for construction/replacement. The three schools on the "Education Facilities Construction Priority List as of FY 1993" that were not yet fully funded were included in order as the first three schools on the fiscal year 2000 list. The application deadline for inclusion on the fiscal year 2000 list was July 16, 1999. Criteria emphasizes providing safe, functional, code-compliant, economical and energy-efficient educational facilities that meet applicable accreditation standards and space guidelines. Facilities Improvement and Repair: Criteria to evaluate projects emphasize eliminating critical health and safety-related deficiencies and reducing the substantial backlog of needed improvements and repairs. Potential projects are identified by facility users, regional office facilities personnel and the Office of Facilities Management and Construction. Facilities Improvement and Repair projects are then prioritized on a Bureau-wide basis using a computerized formula that evaluates the seriousness of the deficiencies and the relative risks of those deficiencies to facility users. To be considered it is essential that deficiencies and projects for a Bureau funded school or dormitory be identified in the automated inventory of Bureau facilities. In addition there are limited funds provided under this program to address safety and health deficiencies on an immediate or interim basis as well as funds for emergency repairs under certain conditions, and for other purposes. For more information on these other programs or on the priority ranking process for Replacement School Construction or Facilities Improvement and Repair projects, contact the Headquarters Office listed above or the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.