School Construction and Facilities
When a school district undertakes a major school construction project and seeks reimbursement from the Commonwealth, a process known as PlanCon is initiated. PlanCon, an acronym for Planning and Construction Workbook, is a set of forms and procedures used to apply for Commonwealth reimbursement. The forms are designed to: (1) document a local school district's planning process; (2) provide justification for a project to the public; (3) ascertain compliance with state laws, regulations and standards; and (4) establish the level of state participation in the cost of the project.
The Division of School Facilities in the Department of Education reviews proposed school building projects including their plans and specifications, enrollments, building utilization and building condition. The Division also calculates state reimbursement for qualified school construction projects, and reviews and approves the financing for reimbursable projects.
The Division is also responsible for approving reimbursement for charter school facility leases.
Pursuant to Act 82 of 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is conducting a review of the “PlanCon” process administered by the PDE Division of School Facilities. “PlanCon,” also known as the Planning and Construction Workbook, is the multi-part process through which public school building projects are reviewed and approved for reimbursement by the commonwealth.
As part of the review of the current process, and to better inform the recommendations that will be made to the General Assembly, the department had opened a public survey. Thank you to those who completed the PlanCon survey by providing thoughtful insight on funding for school construction and its effect on the education community as a whole throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Planning and Construction Workbook: A Report to the General Assembly – May 2013 (PDF)