HOUSE BILL 49
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2024
Ambrose Castellano and Luis M. Terrazas
RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS; REQUIRING A SCHOOL SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS; INCLUDING "SCHOOL SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM" IN THE DEFINITION OF "BUILDING SYSTEM" IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAY ACT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. A new Section 22-13-14.1 NMSA 1978 is enacted to read:
"22-13-14.1. [NEW MATERIAL] SCHOOL SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.--
A. All public schools shall have a school safety communications system.
B. The school safety communications system may include manually activated panic alert devices and real-time communications and information collaboration, including voice and full-motion video sharing during an emergency.
C. As used in this section, "school safety communications system" means a multimedia data communications system that connects law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services with school administrators and staff during an emergency."
SECTION 2. Section 22-24-3 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1975, Chapter 235, Section 3, as amended) is amended to read:
"22-24-3. DEFINITIONS.--As used in the Public School Capital Outlay Act:
A. "authority" means the public school facilities authority;
B. "building system" means a set of interacting parts that makes up a single, nonportable or fixed component of a facility and that, together with other building systems, makes up an entire integrated facility or property, including roofing; electrical distribution; electronic communication; plumbing; lighting; mechanical; fire prevention; facility shell; interior finishes; heating; ventilation and air conditioning systems; and school security systems, including a school safety communications system, as defined by the council;
C. "constitutional special schools" means the New Mexico school for the blind and visually impaired and the New Mexico school for the deaf;
D. "constitutional special schools support spaces" means all facilities necessary to support the constitutional special schools' educational mission that are not included in the constitutional special schools' educational adequacy standards, including performing arts centers, facilities for athletic competition, school district administration and facility and vehicle maintenance;
E. "council" means the public school capital outlay council;
F. "education technology infrastructure" means the physical hardware and services used to interconnect students, teachers, school districts and school buildings necessary to support broadband connectivity and remote learning as determined by the council;
G. "fund" means the public school capital outlay fund;
H. "maximum allowable gross square foot per student" means a determination made by applying the established maximum allowable square foot guidelines for educational facilities based on type of school and number of students in the current published New Mexico public school adequacy planning guide to the department's current year certified first reporting date membership;
I. "replacement cost per square foot" means the statewide cost per square foot as established by the council;
J. "school district" includes state-chartered charter schools and the constitutional special schools;
K. "school district population density" means the population density on a per square mile basis of a school district as estimated by the authority based on the most current tract level population estimates published by the United States census bureau; and
L. "school district population density factor" means zero when the school district population density is greater than fifty people per square mile, six-hundredths when the school district population density is greater than fifteen but less than fifty-one persons per square mile and twelve-hundredths when the school district population density is less than sixteen persons per square mile."
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