Today, the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) hosted a stakeholder input session to receive additional feedback on the proposed front-end grant agreement for School Facility Program projects. The grant agreement was initially presented to the State Allocation Board (SAB) for discussion on April 24, 2017. At that time, the SAB did not have enough votes to pass the grant agreement as drafted, and they deferred action until the May SAB meeting.
OPSC staff began today’s stakeholder meeting by stating that concerns related to the audit trailer bill language should be brought to Department of Finance. OPSC staff then outlined items that they have identified for possible amendment prior to the next SAB meeting. Topics included, but were not limited to:
Which documents applicants are required to attach
Inclusion of a “site description”
Whether the definitions section should be limited to items that are unique to the grant agreement
Timing of when grant agreements should be executed
Laws and regulations with which applicants must comply
Impacts to the Priority Funding process
Expenditure report due dates and substantial progress
Hold harmless/indemnity provision
Eligible and ineligible expenditures
The issue of outlining a list of eligible and ineligible expenditures generated the most stakeholder feedback and discussion. Numerous stakeholders were concerned that expenditures on items not explicitly listed on the eligible expenditures list would not be accepted by local auditors. There were concerns that the proposed agreement would reduce the flexibility that districts have under the current grant program structure. There were also concerns voiced on behalf of Financial Hardship districts and county offices of education, which would have difficulty identifying local dollars to fund “ineligible” items such as computers.
OPSC’s goal is to bring an amended agreement to the next SAB meeting on May 24, 2017. They anticipate that the updated draft grant agreement will be available approximately one week prior to the hearing date and that the SAB agenda item will identify stakeholder feedback similar to the April agenda. OPSC anticipates that a larger regulations package will need to be brought to the SAB after the Legislature approves, and the Governor signs, the audit trailer bill language.
If you have feedback that you would like to provide, OPSC is still accepting comments on the grant agreement and requested that comments be submitted within the next few days. The current version of the grant agreement under discussion may be found here.
The Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) has scheduled a stakeholder meeting for Monday, May 8,2017, at the Department of General Services, Ziggurat building, Auditorium in West Sacramento. The meeting is scheduled for purposes of discussing and receiving feedback related to the specific language and wording in the proposed draft grant agreement for the School Facility Program. The NOTICE (PDF) has been posted to the OPSC website at www.dgs.ca.gov/opsc under Meeting Information and on the State Allocation Board webpage. This meeting will also be webcast.
The April 24, 2017, State Allocation Board Meeting webcast has been uploaded to OPSC YouTube for your viewing pleasure. We apologize for the webcast link not working properly and for inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you.
California STEAM Symposium 2017: December 10-11 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco
The Symposium is becoming the STEAM Symposium this year, and the thematic strands reflect the importance of braiding together science, technology, engineering, and math with art and design thinking.
The strand, “Supporting STEM/STEAM through 21st Century Learning Environments” offers a unique opportunity for school facilities and education professionals to present new, modernized, or modified STEM/ STEAM school facilities and learning environments. Prospective presenters may consider sharing school designs and practical ideas that enhance one or more STEM/STEAM topics, as well as partnerships with schools and districts that have designed or modified facilities to support STEM and STEAM learning. Presenters can submit proposals now and until Friday, June 16, 2017.
On Thursday, March 30, 2017, the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) held a stakeholder meeting in Sacramento to review OPSC’s draft grant agreements for the School Facility Program (SFP). The OPSC is planning to receive stakeholder input, and then take the item to the State Allocation Board (SAB) on its April agenda scheduled for April 26, 2017. This is a key document that needs to completed before Proposition 51 funds become available for school districts projects. CASH’s Board of Directors goal on OPSC’s proposed front-end grant agreement is to ensure that the grant agreement and audit guide are consistent with one another so that districts understand the rules and expectations throughout the entire life of the project. Further, CASH is requesting concurrent adoption of the Administration’s trailer bill language by the date of the April SAB Board meeting. CASH believes that such coordination is necessary to allow for the establishment of clear expectations while facilitating swift implementation of Proposition 51. Joe Dixon, Tom Duffy, and Ian Padilla attended the stakeholder meeting to represent CASH.
The substance of the meeting discussion was OPSC receiving and responding to stakeholders concerns. While the meeting included discussion of many significant policy and technical issues, the overarching concern expressed by stakeholders was to distinguish between what are clarifications to the existing process and what are changes to the existing process. In addition, stakeholders expressed concern that there has been insufficient time to provide quality input on the proposal and requested additional opportunities to provide feedback. In response, OPSC staff stated that they are open to additional written input and would look into the possibility of another stakeholder meeting, but that they wanted to ensure they had adequate time to prepare the document for presentation at the April SAB meeting.
The Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) has scheduled a stakeholder meeting for Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the Department of General Services, Ziggurat building in West Sacramento. The meeting is scheduled for purposes of discussing and receiving feedback on the draft grant agreements for the School Facility Program. The notice has been posted to the OPSC website under Meeting Information and on the State Allocation Board webpage. This meeting will also be webcast.
The Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) stakeholder meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sacramento, has been canceled. The meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, March 6, 2017, for purposes of discussing and receiving feedback on the draft grant agreements for the School Facility Program. The NOTICE (PDF) has been posted to the OPSC website under Meeting Information and on the State Allocation Board web page. This meeting will also be webcast.
The Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) has scheduled a stakeholder’s meeting to discuss and receive feedback on the draft grant agreements for the School Facility Program. The notice( has been posted to the OPSC website under Meeting Information and on the State Allocation Board webpage. This meeting will also be webcast.