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603 CMR 38.00:
School Construction

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38.02: Definitions

As used in 603 CMR 38.00, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth in M.G.L. c. 70B, as most recently amended:

Approved school project;
Assisted facility;
Board of education or board;
Capital construction project;
Major reconstruction project;
Regional school;
Regional school district;
Total facilities grant.

The following additional terms shall have the following meanings:

Approved Costs shall mean the project and interest costs for an approved school construction or renovation project.

Audit shall mean the determination of the final approved cost of an approved school project by the Board. The final approved costs are determined by an examination of all contracts, documents, votes, change orders, invoices and/or purchase orders, all financing information, including donations and settlements, bonding schedules and other pertinent records as required by the Department relating to a specific school project. This information must be submitted in a form and manner as prescribed in guidelines developed by the Department and issued in the "School Building Assistance Audit Procedure".

Construction documents shall mean plans which, together with specifications, form the basis for construction bids. Final plans shall substantially reflect the approved preliminary drawings and shall bear the seal of an architect registered in Massachusetts.

Department shall mean the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which administers M.G.L. c. 70B.

Educational Specifications shall mean a numerical and verbal description of a specific educational program for a specified number of students over a specified period of time, together with spaces needed to support the program, complete to the degree that an architect may use it as the basic document from which to create the design of the facility.

Schematic Plans/Drawings shall mean floor plans identifying programmatic and other spaces, elevations, site plans, plot plans, topographical plans, plans showing the location of the proposed project in relationship to other schools in the district, and any other plans deemed necessary by the Department. Said plans and drawings shall bear the seal of an architect registered in Massachusetts.

School district or district shall mean the public schools department of any city or town, and any regional school district.

Regulatory Authority:
603 CMR 38.00: M.G.L c. 69, § 1B and Chapter 70B

Last Updated: June 18, 2004
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