BP 7000 Concepts and Roles

KPBSD Policy Manual

BP 7000

New Construction

Note: Pursuant to 14.11.020 borough assemblies or city councils and regional school boards may by resolution request responsibility from the State Department of Education for the planning, design, and construction of school facilities funded by state grant funds. A.S. 35.15.080 provides for the assumption of responsibilities for state public works projects subject to AS 35.15.010. Pursuant to 14.14.060 and 14.14.065 borough assemblies and city councils may agree to a division of duties with the school board related to the design, maintenance, and construction of facilities. Assemblies and councils must consider the recommendations of the school board.

Since school construction is costly, and buildings become a permanent part of the community to be used by large numbers of people, the School Board and the district administration must take great care to ensure that the facilities fully support the intended educational and community programs, may be altered conveniently and inexpensively to meet future educational and community needs, provide a healthful environment, and fit harmoniously and attractively into the community.

(cf.1330- Use of School Facilities)

Role of the School Board

The School Board:

  1. Recommends to the borough assembly or Department of Education what buildings shall be built, when and where. 
  2. Approves design criteria for school facilities. 
  3. Seeks adequate financing for school facilities.

Role of the Superintendent or designee

The Superintendent or designee:

  1. Directs the planning of all educational features of new buildings or alterations of old buildings. 
  2. Maintains overall responsibility for the preparation of the educational specifications for school facilities. 
  3.  Acts as authorized agent of the district in all official governmental interactions related to school facilities. 
  4.  Recommends artists for art work in new facilities. 
  5.  In conjunction with the borough, is involved in the preparation of bids, award of contracts and, in collaboration with the architect, the construction.

(cf.3311- Bids)

Legal Reference:

14.07.020 Duties of the department
14.08.101 Powers (regional school board)
14.14.060 Relationship between borough school district and borough
14.14.065 Relationship between city school district and city
35.15.010 - 35.15.120 Construction procedures
35.27.020 Art requirements for public buildings and facilities

4 AAC 31.010 - 4 AAC 31.090 School facility planning and construction
4 AAC 31.900 Definitions


Adoption Date: 7/1/96