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38th Annual Conference Summary

March 17, 2017

 

The CASH 38th Annual Conference on School Facilities was outstanding! Held February 20-22, 2017, the positive energy from the more than 2,000 attendees was palpable throughout the Sacramento Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento. Once again, the Trade Show sold out, we had a long list of sponsors and overall attendance increased more than 12 percent!
Thank You Exhibitors and Sponsors!

CASH would also like to thank the 41 sponsors and nearly 200 exhibitors for supporting the 38th Annual Conference, as well as the following exhibitor weblink participants:

NextGen Experience

Attendees visited the NextGen Experience in the Trade Show to touch, feel, and experience the possibilities of flexible learning environments firsthand while conversing with vendors about integrating the flexible learning spaces into to their projects.

CASH would like to thank Jim Kisel, Lindsay Hayward and Kate Mraw with LPA, Inc. for their time and expertise designing this unique learning lab. We would also like to thank the following vendors for outfitting the space:

  • AFE Sports/AstroTurf/Rekortan
  • Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Buzzi Space
  • Campbell Keller
  • Cisco
  • LPA
  • MeTEOR
  • Mondo
  • Office Depot
  • Paragon
  • Shaw Contract
  • VS America

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the Conference included:

Workshops, Clinics and Roundtable Discussions

This year’s Conference included more than 40 workshops and clinics, and 30 roundtable discussions on hot topics and current issues, including finance, school construction, high performance and planning. The annual workshop for first-time attendees and new members was very well attended. At the very popular M&O Technology and Demonstration Fair and Reception, attendees received hands-on learning about the maintenance technology areas of solar, security, energy savings and more.

Monday, February 20

Golf Tournament

The Golf Tournament drew many golfers, despite the challenging weather. The sportsmanship and tenacity was evident, and a great time was had by all!

CASH Maintenance Management Certification Program

The more than 40 participants of the CASH Maintenance Management Certification Program presented their final maintenance plans on the morning of Monday, February 20. That afternoon, they received their Certificates of Completion during the graduation ceremony. Congratulations graduates!

Welcome Reception

During the Monday evening Welcome Reception, attendees had their first opportunity to visit the Exhibitors and NextGen Experience in the Trade Show, and network with their industry colleagues.

Tuesday, February 21

Tuesday morning, attendees were able to choose from workshops on current issues and hot topics, roundtable discussions, and the open Legislative Advisory Committee meeting. The Trade Show also reopened Tuesday morning and remained open throughout the day; attendees flocked to dessert service after lunch and concluded the evening during the reception.

Opening General Session and Lunch

CASH Chair, Jenny Hannah

CASH Chair Jenny Hannah welcomed the attendees to the Opening General Session and Lunch. Jenny thanked everyone for supporting Proposition 51 saying, “we could not have done this without the support of everyone in this room and others who could not be here today.” She also debuted the 2016 Summary of the Organization’s Work, which details the organization’s accomplishments over the past year, and announced the Regional Training Course Series, a new educational program by CASH.

CASH Vice Chair Don Ulrich then provided the Conference Overview.

Student Design Awards

Past Chair and Outreach Committee Chair, Mike Vail, and CASH Board Member David Miranda, presented the Student Design Awards to:

  • First Place: Michael Kramer, NewSchool of Architecture and Design
  • Second Place: Kyle Stevens, NewSchool of Architecture and Design
  • Third Place: Jamie Nguyen, Cal Poly Pomona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH/AIACC Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Awards

Don Ulrich and Jana Itzen presented the CASH/AIACC Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Awards, click here for a video of the 2016 winning projects.

James L. Murdoch Lifetime Achievement Award

Past Chair Dave Doomey, Founding Chair Gene Hartline and current Chair Jenny Hannah presented the prestigious James L. Murdoch Lifetime Achievement Award to Nina Boyd, Orange County Department of Education, for her many years of service to CASH.

Networking Dinner

The Networking Dinner on Tuesday, immediately following the reception in the Trade Show, was the place to be, where attendees continued conversations while enjoying food and beverages on the third floor of the Convention Center. Live entertainment was provided by the Rio Americano High School Band!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 22

General Session and Networking Breakfast

The morning convened with the General Session and Networking Breakfast. Treasurer and Board Member Lyn Gruber presented the annual report on the fiscal health of the organization. She informed the attendees that this would be her last Treasurer’s Report, as she had finished her tenure on the Board of Directors, and made the announcement that Board Member Dwayne Mears had been appointed Treasurer. Lyn Gruber introduced State Senator Janet Nguyen. Senator Nguyen began her remarks by stating “I want to ensure the Government is working for the people, bringing together different perspectives and always working toward compromises that will benefit all sides.” Click here for a summary of the Senator’s remarks.

Janet Nguyen, State Senator

 

Lyn Gruber, CASH Treasurer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing General Session and Lunch

After welcoming attendees, Jenny Hannah eloquently delivered her parting message as Chair, noting “CASH has done great work, but there is much to do.” She introduced the incoming Chair, Don Ulrich, Clovis USD, and passed the gavel.

Don addressed the audience with his vision for the future of CASH: to continue working with the State Legislature and agencies to provide resources for school facilities that serve every child in California. He also shared the need for Proposition 51 implementation, to get the funds to local school districts as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Don announced the formation of a nonprofit foundation, the California School Facilities Research Institute, with goals of studying: the connection between quality facilities and their impact on student learning and success; next generation learning facilities; and the link between school facilities and community prosperity and success.

He ended with a quote from Donald Leu “a school building is more than a physical structure providing housing, light, heat, and shelter from the elements; it is the one expression of the community’s commitment to education.”

Next, Joe Dixon, Past Chair and Chair of the Nominating Committee, presented the Nominating Committee report. He asked the membership for approval of Julie Arthur, Palm Springs Unified School District as the incoming Vice Chair and the slate of new Board Members:

  • John Baracy, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
  • Alan Reising, Long Beach USD
  • Randy Rowles, Bakersfield City SD

Alan Reising, Long Beach USD

John Baracy, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

Randy Rowles, Bakersfield City SD

He also thanked the Board Members whose terms have come to an end and presented Service Awards to:

  • Lyn Gruber, Koppel and Gruber Public Finance
  • John Peukert, San Bernardino City USD

Board Member Rob Pierce then presented Member Service Awards to the following, for their dedication and contributions to the organization:

  • Bob Chase, Division of the State Architect (retired)
  • Larry Ferchaw, Cooperative Strategies
  • Pat Gunn, Lozano Smith
  • Nathaniel Holt, Pomona USD
  • Andrea Roess, David Taussig & Associates
  • Julie Zimmerman, BakerNowicki Design Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Walrath then recognized the following for their dedication to the passage of Proposition 51: the California Building Industry Association, Stutzman Public Affairs, Meridian Pacific and Mike Vail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-Conference Debriefing

The Post-Conference debriefing was held immediately following the General Session. More than 30 attendees provided feedback and suggestions on this year’s Conference and ways to improve for next year. If you are interested in serving on the Annual Conference Planning Committee, please contact CASH staff member Lisa Church at (916) 448-8577 or lchurch@m-w-h.com.

Save the Date

Mark your calendar for the 39th Annual Conference on School Facilities, February 26-28, 2018, at the Sacramento Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

~ CASH Staff

Photo credit: ©Steve Pate-Newberry/SPN Photography, All Rights Reserved.

Office of Public School Construction Stakeholder Meetings – Grant Agreements

February 15, 2017

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.

~ CASH Staff

Office of Public School Construction Stakeholder Meeting on Grant Agreements

February 10, 2017

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.

~ CASH Staff

SAB Senate Member Appointments & February 22 Meeting Canceled

February 3, 2017

The February 22, 2017, State Allocation Board meeting has been canceled.  The next State Allocation Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.  Location will be determined.

The following three Senate members have been appointed to the State Allocation Board:

  • Senator Benjamin Allen
  • Senator Janet Nguyen, and
  • Senator Richard Pan

These three appointments make a full complement of the State Allocation Board.

~ CASH Staff

Assembly Education Committee Schedules Hearing on School Facility Program

January 31, 2017

The Assembly Education Committee has scheduled an informational hearing on the School Facility Program.  The hearing is set for Wednesday, February 8 at 1:30 p.m. in State Capitol Room 4202.  Specifically, the topic of the hearing is: “School Facilities: Streamlining the School Siting and School Funding Processes.”

CASH is pleased to have the opportunity to engage with key policymakers, including Assembly Education Committee Chair Patrick O’Donnell, on this important issue.

~ CASH Staff

State Budget 2017-18 Update: Governor Addresses Proposition 51 Implementation

State Budget 2017-18 Update: Governor Addresses Proposition 51 Implementation

The Governor’s Budget proposal contains good news for school facilities, as well as some challenges. With regard to the implementation of Proposition 51, the Governor stated his willingness to work to have Proposition 51 funds flow to school projects. The challenges will be implementing the audit provisions that Governor Brown wants before allowing Proposition 51 funds to flow. Concerning Proposition 39 energy efficiency funding, the Governor proposes $422.9 million for K-12 school districts and charter schools, which is a significant investment.

CASH has always supported accountability for spending taxpayer funds. We have a stated policy that every public funded school project should be audited. If there are changes needed, we look forward to making those changes as soon as possible. We believe the audit guide concern can be addressed immediately without legislation because the guide is developed by the State Controller, Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of the Department of Finance. If legislation is needed to have a long-term statutory authority, CASH believes that can be done through a budget trailer bill. We will have more updates in the coming days as more details become available. Below is a summary of the proposed State Budget relating to school facilities.

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Governor Signs Budget; New Threshold for DSA Submissions

June 29, 2016

By Rebekah Cearley

2016-17 Budget

On Monday, June 27, 2016, the Governor signed SB 826, the 2016-17 Budget Act, and a number of trailer bills to implement policy changes in the budget.  For the first time since the 1980’s, the Governor did not exercise his line-item veto authority to reduce or eliminate any of the budget appropriations passed by the Legislature.

The budget includes $122.5 billion in General Fund expenditures, $51.6 billion of which is slated for K-12 education programs. The budget prioritizes preparing for the next economic downturn, one of the Governor’s top priorities, by placing an extra $2 billion into the state’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing the total fund balance to $6.7 billion. The budget also addresses one of the Legislature’s top priorities by including $400 million for affordable housing, tied to future regulatory reform, and authorizing development of a $2 billion bond program to address homelessness for individuals with mental health needs.  Details of this program are still being negotiated.

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DSA Changes to Delegation Authority

January 28, 2016

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is currently making changes to the delegation of authority for the design professional in general responsible charge of a project. Effective March 15, 2016, the design professional in general responsible charge will need to designate the party responsible for the design and observation of construction of permanent modular buildings and relocatable buildings at the time of application for approval of project plans and specifications.  Continue reading

Facility Planners Meeting – January 2016

January 4, 2016

Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016

In response to the lack of state funding for school facilities, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) has qualified a State School Bond for the November 2016 statewide General Election ballot.  C.A.S.H. will proceed with its State School Bond on the General Election ballot in November 2016.  Continue reading

Facility Planners Meeting – December 2015

December 4, 2015

Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016

Now that the State School Bond has qualified for the November 2016 General Election ballot, we have begun organizing the campaign to pass the State School Bond and provide $7 billion in state matching funds for K-12 facility projects and $2 billion for community college facility projects. Continue reading