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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

Facility Planners Meeting – November 2015

November 3, 2015

Legislative Update
The Legislature concluded its business for the year on September 11, 2015, and will reconvene in Sacramento on January 4, 2016. The Governor had until October 11, 2015, to sign or veto bills. Below is an update on final actions for C.A.S.H. priority bills that made it to the Governor’s desk. Continue reading

C.A.S.H. Presenting at SchoolDude California Workshop – October 12

October 2, 2015

We are pleased to inform you that Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) will be presenting at the SchoolDude California Workshop, a free one-day event exclusively for school district representatives from across California. C.A.S.H. and school district operations leaders will be presenting best practices to help you achieve success. Continue reading

State Allocation Board Meeting Notes – August 26, 2015

August 27, 2015

Minutes

The minutes from the June 30, 2015, meeting were approved unanimously.

Executive Officer Statement

  • Lisa Silverman provided updates on the following:Close of 2014 Charter School Facilities Program (CSFP) Funding Round – In November 2014, the State Allocation Board (Board) provided unfunded approvals for Preliminary Charter School Apportionments in the 2014 funding round, which was open until July 24, 2015.  Nine schools with 13 projects worth $157.0 million have been approved, and $0.5 million in bond authority remains for the 2014 round.  Once this is apportioned at a future meeting, the remaining applications will be returned to applicants.
  • Status of Fund Releases for Priority Funding Apportionments – On April 15, 2015, the Board approved $113.6 million in priority funding apportionments for 41 projects representing 22 school districts.  Districts that received an apportionment were required to submit a valid Fund Release Authorization (Form SAB 50-05) containing an original signature by Tuesday, July 14, 2015, to Office of Public School Construction (OPSC).  OPSC received 27 fund release requests totaling $96.7 million.  Twelve Career Technical Education Facilities Program Projects were approved as a reservation of funds.
  • Regulation Update – OPSC anticipates that regulations adopted by the Board in October 2014 will be in effect on October 1, 2015.  These regulations align the Charter School Preliminary Apportionment general site development grant with the one provided in the New Construction program.
  • Upcoming Bond Sale – There will be a General Obligation Bond sale on August 26, 2016.  Staff anticipates receiving bond proceeds for the School Facility Program from this sale.

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