Today the State Allocation Board (Board) met to hear a number of items, including a selection of appeals and a request for an expedited apportionment as a result of wildfires.
Executive Officer Statement
In her Executive Officer statement, Lisa Silverman provided the following updates:
- Paradise Unified School District – Due to losses in the recent wildfires, the Office of Public Statproject previously scheduled for unfunded approval on this agenda, making cash available to the District immediately. The Board members discussed their role in helping school districts rebuild after a disaster and asked that the larger issue be agendized for further discussion at a future meeting.
- Priority Funding Apportionments – Of the 226 projects receiving an Apportionment at the October 24, 2018 meeting, 204 are required to submit a Fund Release Authorization (Form SAB 50-05) to OPSC by close of business Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
- Current Priority Funding Round – The current filing period began on November 14, 2018 and will close on December 31, 2018. Requests will be valid from January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.
- Upcoming Joint Agency Workshops – OPSC and the Education Audit Appeals Panel are conducting free workshops to provide information to Certified Public Accountants and schools regarding the new local audit requirements. Three additional workshops are scheduled in January.
The Board heard the following appeals:
Ross Valley/Marin – To present the District’s request to approve an application for funding based on eligibility generated from an enrollment period that differs from the enrollment period in which the application was processed. The Board unanimously approved Option 1, approving the District’s alternative request for use of pupil grant eligibility based on the current 2018/19 enrollment period for the New Construction funding application at White Hill Middle School.
Island Union Elementary/Kings – To present the District’s request to approve two applications for funding based on an enrollment period that differs from the enrollment period in which the application was processed. The Board unanimously approved Option 1, approving the District’s use of pupil grant eligibility based on the current 2018/19 enrollment period for the New Construction funding application at Island Elementary School.
Central Union Elementary/Kings – To present the District’s requests for: 1) to receive an expedited Unfunded Approval for the Akers Elementary School modernization project; and 2) Financial Hardship status based upon “other evidence of reasonable effort as approved by the State Allocation Board.” The Board unanimously approved Option 1, granting the District’s appeal and approving the District’s request for Financial Hardship status based on “other evidence,” and approving the Unfunded Approval for the application, in the amount of $6,857,604.
Paradise Unified Apportionment Request
The Board unanimously approved Paradise Unified School District’s application for a health and safety project for an expedited Apportionment outside the priority funding process worth $157,484 for a Facility Hardship rehabilitation reimbursement project. Staff recommended this action due to the recent Camp Fire, which destroyed multiple school facilities in the community.
School Facility Program Approvals and Workload List
The Board approved Unfunded Approvals (Lack of AB 55 Loans) at the December 11, 2018 meeting worth the following:
- New Construction: $28,742,732
- Modernization: $15,349,574
- Facility Hardship: $769,514
- Total: $44,861,820
The Unfunded Approvals List (Lack of AB 55 Loans) dated October 24, 2018 contains projects worth $159,580,654.55.
The workload list dated October 31, 2018 contains projects worth the following:
- New Construction: $2,646,202,866
- Modernization: $1,930,010,433
- Total: $4,576,213,299
The next State Allocation Board Meeting is scheduled for January 23, 2019 at 4 pm.
~ Rebekah Cearley, Legislative Advocate