TO: ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND COUNTY SUPERINTENDENTS OF SCHOOLS
Ninth Priority Funding Period
The ninth Priority Funding filing period begins, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Priority Funding requests with original signatures must be physically received by the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) before the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on June 11, 2015. It is recommended that school districts monitor any mailed letters by tracking the parcel and receiving delivery confirmation. Districts that submit valid requests for their unfunded approved projects during this filing period will be eligible for Priority Funding apportionments from July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Districts opting to participate must file requests for each priority funding round. For additional information, please refer to the Procedures for School Facility Program Funding.
The Nonparticipation in the Priority Funding Process changed October 1, 2014.
The OPSC reminds districts that the new Nonparticipation in the Priority Funding Process regulations are currently in effect. The State Allocation Board (SAB) took action to include Overcrowded Relief Grant, Career Technical Education Facilities Program* (CTE) and the Charter School Facilities Program conversion projects in the Priority Funding participation requirements.
There are two ways for a district to choose not to participate in the Priority Funding process:
• Not submit a valid priority funding request in the 30-day filing period, or
• Submit a valid priority funding request but fail to submit a valid Fund Release Authorization (Form SAB 50-05) to request the release of funds after the SAB approves an apportionment.
The second time that either of these occurs, the funding for the project will be rescinded without further action by the SAB.
*CTE projects that do not have DSA and CDE approved plans have one year from the date of apportionment to submit approved plans to the OPSC. If the district does not submit approved plans within the year, the project will be automatically rescinded without any further action from the SAB. Once the plans are submitted, the district will have 90 days to meet all the requirements of a Priority Funding apportionment fund release. Additionally, CTE projects without Division of State Architect and California Department of Education approved plans must submit a priority funding certification with specific CTE statements. Those statements can be located at the following link: Procedures for School Facility Program Funding.
A more detailed description of the process is outlined below:
• Districts with projects already on the Unfunded List (Lack of AB 55 Loans) or that receive an unfunded approval for a project at an SAB meeting prior to, or during, any 30-day request to participate certification filing period, must submit a valid priority funding request before the end of the 30-day request period. Any district that does not participate in the certification filing period will receive a nonparticipation occurrence.
• Any districts with a nonparticipation occurrence must participate in the next priority funding request period and any subsequent request periods after that, as long as the project remains on the Unfunded List (Lack of AB 55 Loans).
• The subsequent priority funding request period is scheduled to take place from November 11, 2015 through December 10, 2015. Districts that submit valid requests for their unfunded approved projects during this filing period will be eligible for Priority Funding apportionments from January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016.
• Any project that receives a second nonparticipation occurrence will be removed from the Unfunded List (Lack of AB 55 loans) and the priority funding apportionment will be rescinded without further action by the SAB.
If you have any questions, please contact your OPSC Project Manager.
~ C.A.S.H. Staff