Grove Calls for School District Renovation Funding Changes
1/15/2014
HARRISBURG – For Pennsylvania’s students to maximize their potential in the classroom, they need to have the best possible learning environments. For this reason, Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) is introducing legislation to reform the state’s PlanCon system. PlanCon, an acronym for Planning and Construction Workbook, is a set of forms and procedures school districts use to apply for reimbursement from the state for major construction projects.

“The PlanCon process is overly lengthy and puts an unneeded burden on school districts when trying to complete necessary improvement projects,” Grove said. “My legislation will create a streamlined process, allowing districts to pursue more projects in a more timely fashion, which will in turn give students and teachers across our Commonwealth the learning environments they need to be successful.”

The PlanCon workbook of forms districts fill out to pursue reimbursement are designed to document a local school district's planning process, provide justification for a project to the public, ascertain compliance with state laws and regulations and establish the level of state participation in the cost of the project.

The legislation is supported by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), who hear from superintendents and other school district officials from across the state calling for an overhaul of the PlanCon system.

Grove and PASBO will be joined by several Pennsylvania school district superintendents for a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. in the Capitol Media Center at the state Capitol to introduce the legislation. The superintendents will share their first-hand accounts of the short-comings of the current PlanCon system.

The press conference will be streamed live at repgrove.com. You can also learn more about Grove’s legislative goals there or by visiting Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Mike Straub
717.260.6479
mstraub@pahousegop.com  
RepGrove.com / Facebook.com/RepSethGrove
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