December 6, 2017
Today the State Allocation Board (Board) met to take action on a number of items, including providing Unfunded Approvals to projects worth $164 million. The Board also approved two district appeals related to Facility Hardship applications at Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District and Maple Elementary School District.
Unfunded Approvals & Priority Funding Requests
Projects receiving an Unfunded Approval at today’s meeting are now on the Unfunded Approvals (Lack of AB 55 Loans) list and may participate in Priority Funding Round 14. Requests to participate in this Priority Funding round are due to the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) by tomorrow, Thursday, December 7, 2017. Priority Funding requests submitted duringRound 14 are eligible for an apportionment from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018.
New Construction Eligibility Update Regulations
Today’s meeting was most notable for a last-minute change that removed a significant School Facility Program (SFP) regulation package from the agenda. Initially, the Board was scheduled to take up a regulations proposal to formalize changes in the new construction funding application process adopted by the SAB on June 5, 2017. That action radically altered the SFP by requiring new construction projects to submit eligibility updates for the enrollment year in which OPSC processes the application, rather than using the eligibility in place at the time of application submittal. CASH opposed this policy change when it was first approved by the Board and challenged it by filing an underground regulation petition with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). OAL declined to take up CASH’s petition but did not opine on the petition’s merits.