Today, September 6, 2017, the State Allocation Board (SAB) met to take action on School Facility Program (SFP) funding apportionments. The Board approved this item which provides approximately $443.6 million in SFP apportionments for 135 projects from 70 school districts. These are projects on the Unfunded List (Lack of AB 55 Loans) that have submitted priority funding requests and were eligible for apportionment.
CASH submitted a letter to the Board which raises an objection to the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) using 2012 grant amounts for the projects being apportioned in September 2017. CASH believes that the traditional SAB policy of using the grant amounts at the time of apportionment should be retained, which ensures that hardship districts and districts that could not move projects forward and are awaiting state matching funds, will not face fiscal difficulties from construction cost escalation between the date of their application and the date of apportionment. The SAB chose to use the 2012 grant amounts, and CASH believes that school districts with projects on the September 6, 2017 SAB agenda should have the opportunity to appeal to the SAB if they believe they are being harmed. This appeal process should be similar to the “do-no-harm” appeal policy adopted by the SAB when the Board adopted Option 1 at the June 5, 2017 Board meeting.
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September 5, 2017
The CASH Facility Planners Meeting Update for September 2017 is now available and includes information regarding:
- Proposition 51 Update
- Legislative Update
- Upcoming Networking Mixers
Click here to download the Update
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The Senate Appropriations Committee held its final hearing of the year, and two bills of interest to CASH were approved. The following is a brief summary of the bills and the Committee vote.
More detailed information to follow:
AB 203 (O’Donnell) – School Facility Program/Flexibility
Requires the California Department of Education to establish standard for use by school districts to ensure that the design and construction of school facilities are educationally appropriate and promote school safety. The bill also requires the standards to ensure that the design and construction of school facilities provide school districts with flexibility in designing school facilities. This bill was approved on a 7-0 vote.
AB 746 (Fletcher-Gonzalez) – Water/Lead Testing
Requires schools to test for lead in potable water systems at every school site within its jurisdiction at least once a year or once every three years depending on whether a building was constructed on or after January 1, 1993. If the tests show elevated lead levels (15 parts per billion/United States Environmental Protection Agency Standard), the school must notify parents and guardians of the elevated level and provide information on lead developed by an agency with expertise in lead. This bill was approved on a 7-0 vote.
~ CASH Staff