Category Archives: Maintenance & Operations

February Facility Planners Update 2018

February 12, 2018

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

  • CASH Annual Conference
  • Proposition 51 Update
  • 2018-2019 State Budget: Governor Proposes Minimum for School Facilities
  • Legislative update
  • Upcoming Networking Mixers

Click here to view the update.

~ CASH staff

SAB Approves “Option 1” New Construction Eligibility Regulations and Seismic Mitigation Program Amendments

January 25, 2018

Today the State Allocation Board (Board) met to take action on a number of items, including the annual adjustment to School Facility Program (SFP) grants, the index adjustment for Level I developer fees, approval of $243 million in Charter School Facilities Program Unfunded Preliminary Apportionments, and adoption of a package of various School Facility Program regulation changes.  The regulations package included an item to formalize changes to the new construction funding application process, which Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) strongly opposes.

Seismic Mitigation Program and Other Technical Conforming Regulatory Amendments
The Board approved, on an emergency basis, a package of School Facility Program regulation amendments pertaining to the following issues:

  • How to proceed with applications for Seismic Mitigation Program (SMP) funding now that bond funds specifically reserved for that purpose have been exhausted.
  • Requiring new construction projects to submit eligibility updates for the enrollment year in which the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) processes the application.
  • Allowing small school districts to request a three-year lock using enrollment figures from the year in which the eligibility application is submitted, if the district makes the request prior to OPSC’s notification that it will soon begin to process the funding application.

On June 5, 2017, the Board radically altered the School Facility Program by adopting the new construction eligibility justification policy (known as “Option 1”), which abandoned the use of eligibility in place at the time of application submittal in favor of requiring eligibility updates for the year in which OPSC processes the application.  CASH believes this policy is contrary to the Proposition 51 statute approved by voters and opposed the change when it was first approved by the Board.  CASH challenged the Board’s action by filing an underground regulation petition with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which declined to take up CASH’s petition but did not opine on the petition’s merits.

The regulation adopted today codifies the Board’s June 5, 2017, policy and applies to projects submitted to OPSC after that date.  OPSC has indicated they do not need a regulation to implement the new construction eligibility update requirements for projects that were submitted to OPSC on or before June 5, 2017.  The adopted regulation requires districts to submit an updated Enrollment Certification/Projection (Form SAB 50-01) within 90 days of OPSC notification that it will begin processing the district’s application for funding.

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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

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

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.

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
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.

Please note: This is a new location.

~ CASH staff

CASH Legislative Update

The Senate Appropriations Committee held its final hearing of the year, and two bills of interest to CASH were approved.  The following is a brief summary of the bills and the Committee vote.

More detailed information to follow:

AB 203 (O’Donnell) – School Facility Program/Flexibility

Requires the California Department of Education to establish standard for use by school districts to ensure that the design and construction of school facilities are educationally appropriate and promote school safety.  The bill also requires the standards to ensure that the design and construction of school facilities provide school districts with flexibility in designing school facilities.  This bill was approved on a 7-0 vote.

AB 746 (Fletcher-Gonzalez) – Water/Lead Testing

Requires schools to test for lead in potable water systems at every school site within its jurisdiction at least once a year or once every three years depending on whether a building was constructed on or after January 1, 1993.  If the tests show elevated lead levels (15 parts per billion/United States Environmental Protection Agency Standard), the school must notify parents and guardians of the elevated level and provide information on lead developed by an agency with expertise in lead.  This bill was approved on a 7-0 vote.

~ CASH Staff


State Allocation Board Update

June 28, 2017

On Wednesday, June 28, the State Allocation Board (SAB) met to hear issues related to actions taken at their meeting on June 5, 2017 (approval of “Option 1”).  Specifically, under Action Items, the agenda included “Regulatory Amendments for Increased Program Accountability” and “Regulatory Amendments for the Financial Hardship Program.” Under Informational Items, the agenda included “School Facility Program Application Processing.”  The following is a summary of each agenda item. Continue reading