20-9-166. (Temporary) Financial support for transportation budget amendments and covid-19-related enrollment increases. (1) Whenever a final budget amendment has been adopted for the transportation fund, the trustees may apply to the superintendent of public instruction for an increased payment for state transportation reimbursement. The superintendent of public instruction shall adopt rules for the application for state transportation reimbursement. The superintendent of public instruction shall approve or disapprove each application for state transportation reimbursement. When the superintendent of public instruction approves an application, the superintendent of public instruction shall determine the additional amount of state transportation reimbursement that will be made available to the applicant district because of the increase in enrollment or additional pupil transportation obligations. The superintendent of public instruction shall notify the applicant district of the superintendent's approval or disapproval and, in the event of approval, the amount of additional state aid that will be made available for the transportation fund. The superintendent of public instruction shall disburse the state aid to the eligible district at the time the next regular state aid payment is made.
(2) (a) Any increase in enrollment for a district at the October enrollment count for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 compared to the enrollment count of the district in October of the immediately preceding fiscal year is declared by the legislature to be related to the uncertainty created by covid-19 and qualifies the district for additional financial support as described in this subsection (2). The legislature also declares that the state's fiscal challenges in the biennium beginning July 1, 2021, are a direct result of the economic downturn resulting from covid-19.
(b) Subject to reduction under subsection (2)(c), the amount of additional financial support the district qualifies for must be calculated by the superintendent of public instruction as the difference between the district's BASE budget for that fiscal year and the amount of the district's BASE budget if the district's budget limit ANB for that fiscal year was calculated using the district's actual October enrollment count in the current school year in place of the average of the preceding year's October and February enrollment counts.
(c) (i) The total amount of the additional financial support for a district must be reduced by 10% of the Title I allocation and any portion of an amount allocated on a per-quality-educator basis to the district as of the enrollment count date pursuant to:
(A) the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021; and
(B) the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, except for the 20% portion of the funds specifically earmarked and restricted to spending on learning loss programs.
(ii) The superintendent of public instruction shall consider the 10% amount calculated under this subsection (2)(c) as an expense eligible for reimbursement under catalog of federal domestic assistance number 84.425D.
(d) The only increases in financial support resulting from increased enrollment are the increases described in this subsection (2). The superintendent of public instruction shall allocate the additional financial support to a qualifying district, first from federal money appropriated by the legislature for this purpose and if necessary, from the BASE aid appropriation in House Bill No. 2.
(e) A district receiving additional financial support under this subsection (2) shall deposit the money in the district's miscellaneous programs fund and use it to address costs associated with the enrollment increase. (Terminates June 30, 2023--sec. 11, Ch. 551, L. 2021.)