Coalition for Adequate School Housing Leadership, Education Officials Urge the State to Accelerate Pace of School Facility Bond Sales

August 24, 2017

On August 23, Don Ulrich, Deputy Superintendent of the Clovis Unified School District and Chair of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, joined education officials from the California School Boards Association, the Association of California School Administrators and other education focused organizations at a press conference on the West Steps of the State Capitol to urge the Legislature and the Governor’s administration to increase the speed and size of school construction bond sales.

In November last year, voters passed Proposition 51 authorizing the state to sell $9 billion in school facility bonds to help address the accumulated multi-billion-dollar backlog in K-12 construction projects waiting on state funding and to help chip away at the projected K-14 future facility’s needs. Nearly a year later, the state has only authorized approximately $400 million in bond sales for 2017.

Speaking at the press conference:

  • Don Ulrich, Chair of CASH and Deputy Superintendent for Clovis Unified School District
  • Lisa Gonzales, President of the Association of California School Administrators and Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services at Dublin Unified School District
  • Nancy Chaires Espinoza, School Board Member, Elk Grove Unified School District and Legislative Advocate for the California School Boards Association
  • Joan Buchanan, former California State Assembly Member and former State Allocation Board member

In addition representatives from the following organizations attended:

California Association of School Business Officials; California Association of Suburban School Districts; California School Employees Association; Small School Districts’ Association; Riverside County Superintendent of Schools; Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers; California Association of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors.