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K-12 School Programs
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The Ohio School Facilities Commission oversees the planning and development function for the agency’s public K-12 school renovation and building initiative, while the actual construction is overseen by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

Projects are funded through a number of programs, including:

Classroom Facilities Assistance Program (CFAP)

Established in 1997, CFAP eligibility is based on the assessed property valuation per student. That property wealth factor determines the state and local share of the facilities project. CFAP takes a comprehensive approach with local districts by addressing the entire facility needs of a district from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP)

The Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP) gives districts not yet participating in the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program the opportunity to move ahead with portions of their project that best fit the district’s need at that time. Once a district enters CFAP, they receive credit toward their required local contribution for the work completed under ELPP.

Exceptional Needs Program (ENP)

The Exceptional Needs Program is a building replacement program that identifies facilities in most need of replacement from among the eligible applicants. Districts submit an application and go through a two-step ranking and evaluation process to determine priority. The program has a single-building orientation, so it will not necessarily fund a district’s entire facility needs (though that may occur in some instances).

Vocational Facilities Assistance Program (VFAP)

This program provides assistance to Joint Vocational School Districts (JVSDs) for the improvement of classroom facilities suitable to their vocational education programs.

Vocational Facilities Assistance Expedited Local Partnership Program (VFAP-ELPP)

This program gives Joint Vocational School Districts the opportunity to move forward with facility improvements prior to their participation in the Vocational Facilities Assistance Program and receive state credit for qualifying expenditures. The program is similar to the Expedited Local Partnership program in other K-12 districts.

Other K-12 Programs

In addition to the School Security Grant Program, the Commission provides assistance in other ways.The Corrective Action Program is used to correct or remediate work found to be defective in or omitted from a facility constructed with OSFC assistance. The Commission also provides assistance to College Preparatory Boarding Schools and Regional STEM Schools under separate programs administered by the agency.