Notice of Intended Action

Physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) fund—repairing transportation equipment for transporting of students, 98.64(2)“l”

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to repairing transportation equipment for transporting students and providing an opportunity for public comment

The State Board of Education hereby proposes to amend Chapter 98, "Financial Management of Categorical Funding," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 256.7.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapter 298A.

Purpose and Summary

Chapter 98 outlines the financial management of categorical funding. Subrule 98.64(2) addresses appropriate expenditures in the physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) fund.

The proposed amendment expands "repairing" of transportation equipment for transporting students to include retrofitting when such retrofitting is aligned to school bus construction standards in 281—Chapter 44. Additionally, the amendment stipulates this provision is retroactive to October 2, 2019. This date aligns to the effective date of the recently adopted amendments to 281—Chapter 44.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


An agencywide waiver provision is provided in 281—Chapter 4.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m.on January 7, 2020. Comments should be directed to:

Nicole Proesch

Department of Education

Grimes State Office Building, Second Floor

Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0416

Phone: 515.281.8661


Public Hearing

A public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:

January 7, 2020

10 to 11 a.m.

State Board Room, Second Floor

Grimes State Office Building

East 14th Street and Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa

Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Department and advise of specific needs by calling 515.281.5295.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making action is proposed:

Amend paragraph 98.64(2)"l" as follows:

l. Purchase of transportation equipment for transporting students and for repairing such transportation equipment when the cost of the repair exceeds $2,500. "Repairing," for purposes of this paragraph, means restoring an existing item of transportation equipment to its original condition, as near as may be, after gradual obsolescence of physical and functional use due to wear and tear, corrosion and decay, or partial destruction, and includes maintenance that meets the definition of equipment and repair and the cost of which exceeds $2,500. Effective October 2, 2019, "repairing" also means retrofitting transportation equipment when such retrofitting aligns to the school bus construction standards in 281—Chapter 44.

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 1/7/2020.

Official Document

  • Physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) fund—repairing transportation equipment for transporting of students, 98.64(2)“l”
  • Published on 12/18/2019
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