Mississippi Department of Education

2002 Annual Report, School Year 2000-2001

Mississippi Adequate Education Program

The basic funding for Mississippi schools has long been provided through the Minimum Education Program (MEP) enacted in the 1950's. In addition to the MEP, the Uniform Millage Assistance Grants Program (1989), the Education Enhancement Fund (1992 sales tax increase legislation), and the Ad Valorem Reduction Grants were established to address long-overlooked needs in school districts in the areas of building, buses, textbooks, instructional supplies and other special needs. Because disparity still exists in the funds available for educating every child at an adequate level, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program addresses these disparities and ensures that every school district will have sufficient funds available to provide a Level III accreditation or adequate education for every child. As of January 15, 1999, the MAEP funds have resulted in State Aid Capital Improvement Bonds issued by 111 school districts in the amount of $507,272,543.00.

Proposed School Facility Construction Based on Approved MAEP Applications *
(437 Applications from 122 School Districts as of 10/19/01)

Projects New Construction Repairs/Renovations TOTALS
Classrooms 2,398 6,122 8,520
Subject Area Labs 120 87 207
Tech Prep Labs 140 294 434
Library/Media Centers 60 64 124
Cafeterias/Kitchen/Dining 66 82 148
Fine Arts Facilities 70  29  99
Auditoriums 6 22 28
Multi-Purpose Buildings 18 4 22
Health/Physical 17 55 72

* This report does not reflect all school construction in the state, as school districts that chose "Option 2 - Interim Pledge" were not required by State Board Policy to submit an Application for the Expenditure of MAEP Funds for a Capital Improvement Project.

Additional support for capital improvement of schools has been provided on the local level through local bond elections. The following shows the results of local bond elections during 2000 - 2001:

Record of School Bond Elections
2000 - 2001

School District Amount Passed/Failed Percentage of Voters For/Against
New Albany $ 9,850,000 Passed 82% / 18%


State Public School Building Fund
2000 - 2001

The State Public School Building Fund was created to provide state funds for the capital improvement of schools in the state. Such capital improvements include the cost of erecting, repairing, equipping, remodeling and enlarging school buildings and related facilities.

The financial structure of the State Public School Building Fund is made up of three interlocking, yet distinct features: (1) annual grants to school districts; (2) legislative funding of the program; and (3) state school bonds. The Mississippi Board of Education approved building projects as follows during 2000 - 2001:
Number Approved Total Cost Public School Building Funds
Long Range Plans 12 $45,625,153.53
Applications 56 $26,097,921.49 $11,974,584.19
Supplementary Applications 4 $233,867.22
Contracts 54 $22,240,439.26 $8,914,336.67
Change Orders 72 $364,863.21 $47,565.75
Final ProjectApprovals 54 $25,561,929.63 $9,887,252.12
Project Cancellations 4 $1,219,024.38 $517,550.82

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