REFERENCE TITLE: charter schools; vacant buildings; equipment





State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-third Legislature

Second Regular Session




HB 2460


Introduced by

Representatives Leach: Allen J, Barton, Bowers, Campbell, Finchem, Lawrence, Livingston, Mosley, Nutt, Payne, Thorpe, Toma, Senators Allen S, Barto, Borrelli, Burges, Fann, Farnsworth D, Gray, Griffin, Kavanagh, Kerr, Pratt, Smith, Worsley, Yee





amending section 15‑189, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to charter schools.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 15-189, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE15-189.  Charter schools and private schools; vacant buildings; list; prohibition; used equipment

A.  The school facilities board, in conjunction with the department of administration, shall annually publish a list of vacant and unused buildings and vacant and unused portions of buildings that are owned by this state or by school districts in this state and that may be suitable for the operation of a charter school.  The school facilities board shall make the list available to applicants for charter schools and to existing charter schools.  The list shall include the address of each building, a short description of the building, the name of the owner of the building and any other pertinent information related to the vacancy of the building.  The school facilities board shall annually submit the list to the governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives and provide a copy of the list to the secretary of state.

B.  If a school district decides to sell or lease a vacant and unused building or a vacant and unused portion of a building, the school district may not prohibit a charter school or private school from negotiating to buy or lease the property in the same manner as other potential buyers or lessees.  A school district shall attempt to obtain the highest possible value under current market conditions for the sale or lease of the vacant and unused building or the vacant and unused portion of a building and may not accept an offer from a potential buyer or lessee that is less than an offer from a charter school or private schoolNothing in This section requires does not require the owner of a building on the list to sell or lease the building or a portion of the building to a charter school, or to any other school or to any other prospective buyer or tenant, except that the owner of a building on the list may not withdraw the property from sale or lease solely because a charter school or private school is the highest bidder.

B.  c.  A school district may sell used equipment to a charter school or private school before the school district attempts to sell or dispose of the equipment by other means. END_STATUTE