CASH needs your help to persuade the State to sell bonds faster and in much larger amounts. We can succeed if school districts tell their story about how delaying sales and delaying needed projects hurt their children and teachers.
We need all school districts and all county offices of education to submit resolutions to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to their Legislators by April 4, 2018, so we can start pushing for the State to honor the voters’ will.
Contact Your Representative and Urge Them to Sell Proposition 51 Bonds Now
Every student and teacher deserves a clean, safe, quality classroom. Without these essential resources students are at a disadvantage, and research shows they do not perform as well academically. CASH sponsored, and voters approved, Proposition 51 to provide state matching funds for building and renovating classrooms. There are currently more than $2.8 billion in applications for state matching funds, and the state should be selling bonds at the pace required to meet this need. In my district alone, Clovis Unified School District, we have applied for more than $61 million in state matching Grant funds for new construction and modernization.
Districts all over California are in a similar situation, and it is particularly challenging for those districts who have filed hardship applications. Districts have invested local bonds and other funds in these projects and promised their communities that they would be good stewards of both local and state taxpayer’s dollars. We are working with the Administration and the Legislature to prioritize funding school construction projects through the sale of Proposition 51 bonds. Next year’s budget and spring bond sales are important opportunities for the state to demonstrate its commitment to quality learning environments in schools across the state through their investment in selling state bonds. To help be successful, I am requesting that you contact your Assembly Member and Senator to make sure they know “your number,” the dollars your district currently qualifies for in matching funds and what area of need your teachers, students, and community have for those funds. Speak to them before commencement of the legislative session in January, and keep talking to them until we get results. With the support of our CASH family, I know we will be successful on behalf of our students and teachers. Continue reading →
Today the State Allocation Board (Board) met to take action on a number of items, including providing Unfunded Approvals to projects worth $164 million. The Board also approved two district appeals related to Facility Hardship applications at Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District and Maple Elementary School District.
Unfunded Approvals & Priority Funding Requests Projects receiving an Unfunded Approval at today’s meeting are now on the Unfunded Approvals (Lack of AB 55 Loans) list and may participate in Priority Funding Round 14. Requests to participate in this Priority Funding round are due to the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) by tomorrow, Thursday, December 7, 2017. Priority Funding requests submitted duringRound 14 are eligible for an apportionment from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018.
New Construction Eligibility Update Regulations Today’s meeting was most notable for a last-minute change that removed a significant School Facility Program (SFP) regulation package from the agenda. Initially, the Board was scheduled to take up a regulations proposal to formalize changes in the new construction funding application process adopted by the SAB on June 5, 2017. That action radically altered the SFP by requiring new construction projects to submit eligibility updates for the enrollment year in which OPSC processes the application, rather than using the eligibility in place at the time of application submittal. CASH opposed this policy change when it was first approved by the Board and challenged it by filing an underground regulation petition with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). OAL declined to take up CASH’s petition but did not opine on the petition’s merits. Continue reading →
Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of the 2017 CASH Fall Conference. The conference would not be as successful without the help of these generous sponsors.
American Modular Systems/Gen 7 Schools
Balfour Beatty Construction
Cooperative Strategies, LLC
Culver-Newlin School and Office Furnishings
Dannis Woliver Kelley
ForeFront Power, LLC
Harris & Associates
Koppel & Gruber Public Finance
Lundgren Management Corp.
Pro-Craft Construction, Inc.
Sage Renewable Energy Consulting
School Facility Consultants
SVA Architects, Inc.
WLC Architects, Inc.
Mark your calendars for the 2018 CASH Fall Conference, October 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.
As a follow up to our Sell Bonds Press Conference, please see an opinion piece written by former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan and Lisa Gonzales, President of the Association for California School Administrators for the Bay Area News Group.
~ CASH Staff
Opinion: State Must Fulfill Voter Mandate to Fund School Construction
By JOAN BUCHANAN and LISA GONZALES |
Research shows that school facilities have a significant, positive impact on school culture, academic performance, student attendance, and teacher retention and job satisfaction.
Students need facilities that, for example, have working air-conditioning, upgraded security and electrical systems, and modern classroom infrastructure that supports technology.
For school districts to meet those needs, school districts partner with the state to fund major rehabilitation projects and build new schools where needed. But today there is more than a $2 billion backlog of school construction project applications that have been submitted to the state and are awaiting action.
To understand how the funding works: School districts collect developer fees, pass local school facilities bonds and then apply to the state for matching state grant funds. Periodically, voters choose to replenish the fund that provides the state matching grants through passage of a statewide school bond initiative.
The State Allocation Board (SAB) meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, 2017 has been cancelled, and the next SAB meeting will be Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. The next Priority Funding filing period (Round 14) opens Wednesday, November 8, 2017 and any requests to participate are due by Thursday, December 7, 2017. Requests must be signed by an authorized District Representative and received by the Office of Public School Construction by 5:00 p.m. December 7, 2017. Priority Funding requests submitted during Round 14 are eligible for an Apportionment from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018.
In order to participate in the Priority Funding round, projects must have already received an Unfunded Approval from the SAB. Projects that receive an Unfunded Approval at the December 6 meeting are eligible to participate in Round 14 but must meet the December 7, 2017 submittal deadline.
Projects that receive an Unfunded Approval on December 6, 2017, will also be subject to nonparticipation regulations.