Cupertino High School Student Union

CASHCover-CupertinoHS_thumb150x150Located within the technology hub of Silicon Valley, Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) sought a Student Union for Cupertino High School (CHS) that redefined traditional high school design models and more closely resembled both a collegiate environment and the collaborative and creative office culture of the surrounding technology campuses. Continue reading

Articles Relating to the State School Bond

August 28, 2014

C.A.S.H. Staff has compiled a list of articles relating to the State School Bond.

Bond Articles as of August 27, 2014

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CHPS Releases Fourth Edition of CA-CHPS Criteria

August 28, 2014

August 25, 2014 (Sacramento, CA)– Collaborative for High Performance School (CHPS) today releases the fourth edition of the California CHPS Criteria (CA-CHPS).

Schools designed according to CA-CHPS Criteria emphasize indoor air quality, natural lighting and excellent acoustics in order to maximize student health, comfort and achievement.

“Numerous studies have been conducted on the impact of school facilities on children’s health and productivity,and the results are unequivocal,” notes Aaron Jobson, Co-Chair of CHPS’ California Advisory Committee.  “From ventilation to natural light to the useof nontoxic chemicals, how wedesign and operate our schools has a tremendous impact on our kids. This new version of CA-CHPS incorporates the latest thinking of architects, engineers, and state agencies on how best to construct the next generation of schools that are healthy, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly.”

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State Allocation Board Meeting Notes, August 20, 2014

August 21, 2014

Minutes

The minutes from the June 25, 2014 meeting were approved unanimously.

 

Executive Officer Statement

Lisa Silverman provided updates on the following:

-          Emergency Repair Program – The State Allocation Board (Board) is approving funding for 489 ERP projects worth $93.4 million for 54 local education agencies.  Fund releases will be automatically processed to recipients.  $188.5 million was provided for ERP in the 2014 Budget Act, and the remaining funds are expected to be available as early as October.

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C.A.S.H. Monthly Meeting Minutes, Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 21, 2014

A webcast of the entire General Membership Meeting will be available on the C.A.S.H. website. 

C.A.S.H. Chair, Joe Dixon, called the meeting to order at 11:05 a.m.  New members and guests were welcomed and introduced.

Joe noted that the meeting is being recorded and will be posted to the website archive.  Joe encouraged those interested in sponsoring the monthly meeting webcast to visit the C.A.S.H. website.

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2nd Annual California STEM Symposium on September 22 and 23, 2014

August 21, 2014

2nd Annual California STEM Symposium on September 22 and 23, 2014
September 21-23, 2014
San Diego Convention Center

Invest in California STEM Education: Innovate, Integrate, and Inspire!

The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, in cooperation with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, is proud to bring you the 2nd Annual California STEM Symposium on September 22 and 23, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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End of the Road for the Bond Bill

August 19, 2014

We just received word from Assembly Member Buchanan’s office that the state school bond, AB 2235, will not be moving forward this year because it does not have the Governor’s support.  Here are additional details in a note from Assembly Member Buchanan, author of the bond bill:

“We’ve come to the end of the road.  The Governor made it clear to the Speaker on Friday that he does not want a school bond on the same ballot as the water bond and rainy day fund.  We have no commitment to support a future bond.  In our meetings with the Department of Finance, they stressed that the Governor questions what role, if any, the State should play in funding facilities.

We know that the responsibility for educating our children is not written in local city or county ordinances, it is written in our state Constitution.  Our Constitution places such a high value on education, that it prioritizes funding for education second, after debt service.  This is why major education court cases (e.g.,  Serrano v. Priest) and Williams, were cases that named the state as the defendant.  The ultimate decision on the state’s responsibility for school facilities may be decided in the courts, not the Legislature.

As we move forward, I want to thank each of you for your support of AB 2235 and for all you do for our children and our schools. It has been a pleasure working with you.  You make a difference!”

~C.A.S.H. Staff

Upcoming CDIAC Education programs

August 18, 2014

WEBINAR – PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF DEBT MANAGEMENT: EMPLOYING A DEBT POLICY

OCTOBER 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM TO 11:45 AM PT | COST: FREE
A debt management policy can assist a public agency to make decisions as well as support its efforts to identify conflicts, inconsistencies, and gaps in the agency’s approach to project finance and debt management. Policies are also instrumental in setting a proper balance between limits on the use of debt financing and providing sufficient flexibility to respond to unforeseen circumstances and opportunities. This webinar addresses the importance of establishing a debt policy and highlights best practices for developing and maintaining a debt management policy. MORE REGISTER

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State Allocation Board Implementation Committee Holds Meeting to Discuss Seismic Mitigation Program (SMP)

August 12, 2014

In its first meeting since November 2013, the State Allocation Board’s (SAB) Implementation Committee met on Thursday August 7, 2014 to, “…discuss methods of increasing the number of projects advancing through the Seismic Mitigation Program (SMP) approval process that have already received initial Eligibility Approval from the Division of the State Architect (DSA).”

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C.A.S.H. Monthly Meeting Minutes, Wednesday, July 23, 2014

August 12, 2014

A webcast of the entire General Membership Meeting will be available on the C.A.S.H. website. 

C.A.S.H. Chair, Joe Dixon, called the meeting to order at 11:05 a.m.  New members and guests were welcomed and introduced.

Joe noted that the meeting is being recorded and will be posted to the website archive.  Joe encouraged those interested in sponsoring the monthly meeting webcast to visit the C.A.S.H. website. Continue reading