963 CMR 2.06 - Educational Program Space Standards

Current through Register 1466, April 1, 2022

(1) General Provisions. The approved Design and Educational Program and the Project Scope and Budget Agreement shall be the basis for the design of an Approved Project, and the Approved Project shall not diverge from said Project Scope and Budget Agreement without the prior written consent of the Authority.
(2) Enrollment Projection. The Enrollment Projection, as determined by the Authority. An Eligible Applicant must submit to the Authority enrollment information and related documentation using the Authority's on-line enrollment projection system or as may otherwise be requested by the Authority. The Authority and the Eligible Applicant may have a Design Enrollment Conference to review the Enrollment Projection and discuss any supporting documentation that the Eligible Applicant may have provided. After the Design Enrollment Conference, if any, the Eligible Applicant shall sign an Enrollment Certification that documents the Enrollment Projection which shall be the basis for a potential project. No potential project shall progress though the Authority's capital pipeline process beyond this stage without the Eligible Applicant signing and submitting to the Authority the signed Enrollment Certification.
(3) Prototypical Gross Square Foot Per Pupil Standards. The Authority may review the set of educational program space standards contained in the MSBA Educational Program Space Standards and Guidelines, which provide the basis for gross square foot per pupil allowances promulgated under 963 CMR 2.00. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 70B, ยง 9(b), the MSBA Educational Program Space Standards and Guidelines may define prototype school design and space recommendations for each specified program activity eligible for funding from the Authority for new construction and said guidelines may also include space recommendations for reconstruction or renovations.
(4) Per Student Space Allowance.
(a) The Authority shall not authorize design plans that exceed gross square foot per student allocations based upon the Certified Design Enrollment of the Proposed Project and the limitations in gross square footage established in 963 CMR 2.06: Tables 1, 2 and 3, except as provided in 963 CMR 2.00. These standards are reflective of realistic, future-oriented, and contemporary educational program goals and are based on the summation of square foot allocations for each itemized educational space. The gross square footage per student allowances promulgated herein are based upon the MSBA Educational Program Space Standards and Guidelines which are based upon model educational programs for facilities of smaller and larger enrollments in order to develop a variable gross square foot per student allowance that accommodates the differing needs and economies of scale in facilities of smaller and larger enrollments.
(b) The space standards contained in 963 CMR 2.00 and in the MSBA Educational Program Space Standards and Guidelines may not necessarily be applicable to reconstruction, renovation or repair projects. These standards and guidelines were developed by the Authority for determining maximum size and costs related to new construction and should not be used for assessing safety standards or educational adequacy of existing facilities that were constructed in accordance with the standards and guidelines that prevailed at the time of construction. The Authority shall consider Proposed Projects on a case-by-case basis and in some cases different square footages may be determined at the discretion of the Authority.
(c) Grossing Factor - The Grossing Factor is the net-to-gross square footage ratio of a school facility. The Authority shall not approve a Total Facilities Grant for any proposed project that includes design plans for a new school facility that have a Grossing Factor that exceeds 1.50.

The following tables establish the limitations in gross square footage per student allowable for the corresponding enrollment for elementary schools, middle school and high schools.

Table 1: Gross Square Feet per Student - Elementary Schools

Projected Enrollment

GSF per Student

Less than 300

180

Between 300 and 309

180

Between 310 and 319

179

Between 320 and 329

178

Between 330 and 339

177

Between 340 and 349

175

Between 350 and 359

174

Between 360 and 369

173

Between 370 and 379

172

Between 380 and 389

171

Between 390 and 399

170

Between 400 and 409

168

Between 410 and 419

167

Between 420 and 429

166

Between 430 and 439

165

Between 440 and 449

164

Between 450 and 459

163

Between 460 and 469

161

Between 470 and 479

160

Between 480 and 489

159

Between 490 and 499

158

Between 500 and 509

157

Between 510 and 519

156

Between 520 and 529

154

Between 530 and 539

153

Between 540 and 549

152

Between 550 and 559

151

Between 560 and 569

150

Between 570 and 579

149

Between 580 and 589

147

Between 590 and 599

146

600 and greater

145

Table 2: Gross Square Feet per Student - Middle and Junior High Schools

Projected Enrollment

GSF per Student

Less than 400

190

Between 400 and 409

190

Between 410 and 419

189

Between 420 and 429

188

Between 430 and 439

187

Between 440 and 449

187

Between 450 and 459

186

Between 460 and 469

185

Between 470 and 479

184

Between 480 and 489

183

Between 490 and 499

182

Between 500 and 509

181

Between 510 and 519

181

Between 520 and 529

180

Between 530 and 539

179

Between 540 and 549

178

Between 550 and 559

177

Between 560 and 569

176

Between 570 and 579

175

Between 580 and 589

175

Between 590 and 599

174

Between 600 and 609

173

Between 610 and 619

172

Between 620 and 629

171

Between 630 and 639

170

Between 640 and 649

169

Between 650 and 659

169

Between 660 and 669

168

Between 670 and 679

167

Between 680 and 689

166

Between 690 and 699

165

Between 700 and 709

164

Between 710 and 719

163

Between 720 and 729

163

Between 730 and 739

162

Between 740 and 749

161

750 and greater

160

Table 3: Gross Square Feet per Student - Academic High Schools

Projected Enrollment

GSF per Student

Maximum

Grossing

Factor Limit

Less than 600

to be determined

1.50

Between 600 and 619

226

1.50

Between 620 and 639

226

1.50

Between 640 and 659

222

1.50

Between 660 and 679

219

1.50

Between 680 and 699

216

1.50

Between 700 and 719

214

1.50

Between 720 and 739

212

1.50

Between 740 and 759

210

1.50

Between 760 and 779

209

1.50

Between 780 and 799

207

1.50

Between 800 and 819

206

1.50

Between 820 and 839

205

1.50

Between 840 and 859

204

1.50

Between 860 and 879

202

1.50

Between 880 and 899

201

1.50

Between 900 and 919

200

1.50

Between 920 and 939

200

1.50

Between 940 and 959

198

1.50

Between 960 and 979

197

1.50

Between 980 and 999

195

1.50

Between 1000 and 1019

195

1.50

Between 1020 and 1039

194

1.50

Between 1040 and 1059

193

1.49

Between 1060 and 1079

192

1.49

Between 1080 and 1099

190

1.48

Between 1100 and 1119

189

1.48

Between 1120 and 1139

188

1.48

Between 1140 and 1159

186

1.47

Between 1160 and 1179

185

1.47

Between 1180 and 1199

183

1.46

Between 1200 and 1219

182

1.46

Between 1220 and 1239

181

1.46

Between 1240 and 1259

180

1.45

Between 1260 and 1279

178

1.45

Between 1280 and 1299

177

1.44

Between 1300 and 1319

175

1.44

Between 1320 and 1339

174

1.44

Between 1340 and 1359

173

1.43

Between 1360 and 1379

172

1.43

Between 1380 and 1399

171

1.42

Between 1400 and 1419

171

1.42

Between 1420 and 1439

170

1.42

Between 1440 and 1459

169

1.41

Between 1460 and 1479

167

1.41

Between 1480 and 1499

166

1.40

Between 1500 and 1519

165

1.40

Between 1520 and 1539

165

1.40

Between 1540 and 1559

165

1.40

Between 1560 and 1579

164

1.40

Between 1580 and 1599

163

1.40

Between 1600 and 1619

162

1.40

Between 1620 and 1639

162

1.40

Between 1640 and 1659

162

1.40

Between 1660 and 1679

162

1.40

Between 1680 and 1699

162

1.40

Between 1700 and 1719

161

1.40

Between 1720 and 1739

160

1.40

Between 1740 and 1759

160

1.40

Between 1760 and 1779

160

1.40

Between 1780 and 1799

160

1.40

Between 1800 and 1819

160

1.40

Between 1820 and 1839

160

1.40

Between 1840 and 1859

159

1.40

Between 1860 and 1879

159

1.40

Between 1880 and 1899

159

1.40

Between 1900 and 1919

158

1.40

Between 1920 and 1939

158

1.40

Between 1940 and 1959

158

1.40

Between 1960 and 1979

158

1.40

Between 1980 and 1999

157

1.40

Greater than 2000

to be determined

1.40

(5) Vocational Technical Schools. Vocational Technical Schools and the Vocational Educational Space components of Comprehensive High Schools shall not exceed 225 gross square feet per pupil and any additional programmatic requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Authority in conformity with M.G.L. c. 74 requirements and a comparison of existing school facilities with similar vocational program requirements.
(6)
(a) Special Education Spaces. Spaces for special education classes/programs may receive special consideration at the discretion of the Authority. The gross square feet per student defined herein includes a baseline assumption that 8% of the total planned enrollment will be enrolled in separate special education programs. Notwithstanding the gross square footage maximum standards established herein, additional space consideration may be given, at the sole discretion of the Authority, if the Eligible Applicant documents and certifies to the Authority why there is a need to exceed the maximum gross square footage allowances.
(b) Educational Collaborative Spaces. The Authority may, in its sole discretion, consider spaces for special education services provided through Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approved Educational Collaboratives to be included within Special Education. For the Authority to consider Collaborative Space, the Eligible Applicant must (1) have executed a formal written agreement to be a member of the collaborative or to receive services from a collaborative, prior to filing a Statement of Interest with the Authority, and (2) certify that any space allowed by the Authority in a school facility for use by a Collaborative shall remain in use for the Collaborative for the useful life of the facility.
(7) Space Allowance by Program Activity. The approved Design and Educational Program and Project Scope and Budget Agreement shall be within the limitations as set forth in 963 CMR 2.06: Table 4:

Table 4 Net Square Feet1

Minimum

Maximum

Elementary School

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten (including self-contained lavatory)

1,100

1,300

Core Classroom (grades 1-8)

900

1,000

Junior High School/Middle School

Core Classroom

850

950

High School

Core Classroom

850

950

1Measured from inside wall to inside wall.

For all other spaces, the MSBA Educational Program Space Standards and Guidelines shall be followed in planning school facilities. Said Guidelines may also provide school designers and school building committees with prototype building programs for elementary, middle, and high schools, and other grade configurations as determined by the Authority. The Eligible Applicant may make reasonable departures from the MSBA Educational Program Space Standards and Guidelines with a prior written determination of the Authority, at their sole discretion, that such departures are consistent with the intent of 963 CMR 2.00 to provide adequate, safe, cost effective and programmatically sound school facilities. The space standards set forth in Table 4 and in the MSBA Educational Program Space Standards and Guidelines may not necessarily be applicable to reconstruction, renovation or repair projects. These standards and guidelines were developed by the Authority for determining maximum size and costs related to new construction and should not be used for assessing safety standards or educational adequacy of existing facilities that were constructed in accordance with the standards and guidelines that prevailed at the time of construction. The Authority shall consider Proposed Projects on a case-by-case basis and in some cases different square footages may be determined at the discretion of the Authority.

Notes

963 CMR 2.06

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