In addition to moneys distributed through the State School Fund, the Department of Education shall award grants to school districts as provided by subsections (5) and (6) of this section for up to 50 percent of student transportation costs described in subsection (2) of this section.
A school district may receive a grant under this section only for student transportation costs:
(a) Each school district may apply to the department for a grant under this section.
The department shall review and approve applications based on criteria established by the State Board of Education and shall award grants as provided by subsections (5) and (6) of this section.
The applications must include the total amount of the student transportation costs described in subsection (2) of this section and the purposes for which the student transportation costs were incurred.
A school district that receives a grant under this section may transfer a portion of the grant to a public charter school based on the charter of the school or any other agreement between the school district and the public charter school.
A public charter school that receives grant funds under this subsection shall use those funds for the student transportation costs described in subsection (2) of this section.
(a) Subject to subsection (6) of this section, the amount of each grant for a school district = the school district’s ADMw ´ (the total amount available for distribution to school districts as grants in each fiscal year ¸ the total ADMw of all school districts that receive a grant).
If the total amount of grants applied for under subsection (3) of this section exceeds the total amount available for distribution to school districts under this section, the department:
Shall prioritize school districts that did not receive any public moneys in the previous school year for student transportation costs described in subsection (2) of this section; and
May otherwise prioritize school districts or prorate distributions based on rules adopted by the board.
Each school district shall deposit the grant funds it receives under this section in a separate account and shall apply amounts in that account to pay for student transportation costs described in the school district’s grant application.
The board may adopt any rules necessary for the administration of the grant program.