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Governor Proposes Minimum Funding for School Construction and Modernization Projects

January 10, 2018

The proposed State Budget for 2018-19 was released on January 10 at 10:00 a.m. The following is the statement that relates to school facilities in the proposed 2018-19 State Budget (Page 30):

Since 1998, voters have approved approximately $44 billion in statewide general obligation bonds to construct or renovate public school classrooms used by the state’s roughly six million K-12 students. Associated General Fund debt services costs are over $2 billion annually. In addition to general obligation bonds, school districts may use developer fees, local bonds, certificates of participation, and Mello Roos bonds to construct additional classrooms or renovate existing classrooms.

The recently approved Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016 (Proposition 51) authorizes $7 billion in state general obligation bonds for K-12 schools to be allocated through the current School Facilities Program in place as of January 1, 2015. To ensure appropriate usage of all School Facilities Program bond funds and effective program accountability and oversight, the Administration worked with the State Allocation Board and the Office of Public School Construction to revise policies and regulations to implement front-end grant agreements that defined basic terms, conditions, and accountability measures for participants that request funding through the School Facilities Program. To complement this front-end accountability, legislation requiring facility bond expenditures to be included in the annual K-12 Audit Guide was approved.

 The Budget proposes approximately $640 million in bond authority for 2018-19 to fund new construction, modernization, career technical education, and charter facility projects based upon the Office of Public School Construction’s processing of project applications and the State Allocation Board’s approval of these projects.”

The Governor is also proposing to spend $1 billion from SB 5 bonds, if they are approved in the June Primary.  SB 5 has $4 billion in bond authorization, so he is proposing to spend 25% of that bond.  If he spent 25% of Proposition 51 bond funds it would be $1.5 billion of the $6 billion New Construction and Modernization funds.  Even at 25%, that $1.5 billion would cover only half of the application backlog ALREADY submitted to the Office of Public School Construction. Because the $640 million dribbles out from the voter approved Proposition 51 bond over a decade long schedule, the backlog will grow every year while needed school projects remain unfunded.  The Governor’s priorities are clear.  Yet-to-be approved funds receive 25%, while already shovel ready bond projects receive 11%.  The numbers speak for themselves.

We did what the Governor wanted with the audit language and upfront agreement.  Even with these provisions, it appears the Governor does not want to honor the voters’ will because the voters did not follow his opposition to Proposition 51.

As we continue to review the Governor’s proposed State Budget, we will drill down in more depth on issues of interest to the school facilities community and report to the CASH membership.  Stay tuned.

~ Dave Walrath, Legislative Advocate

January Facility Planners Update 2018

January 3, 2018

The CASH Facility Planners Meeting Update for January 2018 is now available and includes information regarding:

  • Proposition 51 Update
  • Legislative Update
  • Newly Revised CASH Facility Inspection Tool (FIT) Guidebook Available
  • Upcoming Networking Mixers

Click here to view the update.

~ CASH staff

Sell State Bonds Resolution

December 14, 2017

The Bakersfield Californian recently posted an article from Senator Vidak in regards to releasing more Proposition 51 bond money.

Click here to view the full article.

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 (adalen@m-w-h.com) and to their Legislators by April 4, 2018,  so we can start pushing for the State to honor the voters’ will.

Click here to view a sample resolution.

Click here to find your State Representatives.

~ CASH Staff

CASH Quarterly Message from the Chair – Sell State School Bonds, Legislative Wrap-Up and CASH Fall Conference

December 14, 2017

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

CASH School Facilities Leadership Academy Cohort Seven Gives Back

December 11, 2017

The CASH School Facilities Leadership Academy, Cohort Seven, rose to the challenge as they collected toys for the Napa Valley Unified School District after the recent devastating fires.

Jennifer Gibb of the Napa Valley Unified School District, who is a student in the seventh cohort, said:

“Thank you so much!  The generosity that all of you have shown is amazing.  Our community is incredibly lucky and I know they will be thankful for the thoughtfulness!!!  It is much appreciated.”

 

~ CASH Staff

SAB Approves Unfunded Approvals Worth $164 Million

December 6, 2017

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

December Facility Planners Update December 2017

December 1, 2017

The CASH Facility Planners Meeting Update for December 2017 is now available and includes information regarding:

  • Proposition 51 Update
  • Legislative Update
  • Newly Revised CASH Facility Inspection Tool (FIT) Guidebook Available
  • CASH 39th Annual Conference
  • CASH Maintenance Management Certification Program
  • School Facilities Leadership Academy

Click here to view the update.

~ CASH staff

Thank You 2017 Fall Conference Sponsors!

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.

3QC
American Modular Systems/Gen 7 Schools
Balfour Beatty Construction
Colbi Technologies
Cooperative Strategies, LLC
Culver-Newlin School and Office Furnishings
Dannis Woliver Kelley
Davy Architecture
DC Architects
DLR Group
Extron Electronics
ForeFront Power, LLC
Harris & Associates
HMC Architects
Kitchell CEM
Koppel & Gruber Public Finance
Lionakis
LMA
Lundgren Management Corp.
PBK
Pro-Craft Construction, Inc.
Sage Renewable Energy Consulting
School Facility Consultants
STIFEL
SVA Architects, Inc.
Swinerton
WLC Architects, Inc.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 CASH Fall Conference, October 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.

Please note: This is a new location.

~ CASH staff

Opinion: State Must Fulfill Voter Mandate to Fund School Construction

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.

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