CASH SAB Alert – May 27, 2020
Today, the State Allocation Board held a meeting to conduct routine business, including the approval of Priority Funding apportionments and appeals.
Executive Officer Statement
In her Executive Officer statement, Lisa Silverman provided the following updates:
Priority Funding Apportionments –
- The Priority Funding Apportionment Action Item in this agenda includes $811.7 million in priority funding apportionments for 266 projects representing 127 applicants.
- These applicants are required to submit a Fund Release Authorization (Form SAB 50-05) containing an original signature of an Authorized District Representative and must do so by the close of business on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 to the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC).
Requests for Extensions –
- The Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) has created an online extension request form for school districts that are unable to meet OPSC’s response deadlines. The form can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ufrq6wm.
- As of May 12, 2020, OPSC has received and approved 61 requests. Most were for two to three weeks.
Current Priority Funding Round is Open –
As of May 13, 2020, the Priority in Funding filing period began and will close on August 28, 2020. Priority funding requests with original signatures must be received by OPSC before the close of business on August 28, 2020. These requests will be valid from July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
- Lompoc Unified (Santa Barbara)
- The Board heard the District’s request to receive Financial Hardship status based upon “other evidence of reasonable effort as approved by the State Allocation Board.” The appeal failed to receive the votes necessary for approval.
- Porterville Unified (Tulare)
- The Board heard the District’s request to approve a new construction application for funding based on an enrollment period that differs from the enrollment period in which the application was processed. The Board granted the appeal.
Priority Funding School Construction Apportionments –
- The Board took action to provide priority School Facility Program Funding Apportionments for $811.7 million in projects.
Proposed Regulations for the Facility Hardship and Seismic Mitigation Programs –
- The Board heard OPSC’s proposed regulations which incorporate changes to the overall organization and structure of the regulation text, creating two different subsections for the Facility Hardship Program and the Seismic Mitigation Program.
- Program funding changes include:
- Fund rehabilitation projects at the higher “F3 level of difficulty.”
- Add the Small Size project supplemental grant for replacement projects.
- Add the Excessive Cost Hardship due to Geographic Location supplemental grant for rehabilitation projects.
- Allow portable buildings to be eligible for Facility Hardship funding.
- Allow rehabilitation grants to be used for replacement projects.
- Allow replacement funding to rehabilitate non-historic buildings without an appeal.
- Outline design application requirements and grant calculations in the regulations.
- Program criteria changes include:
- Districts must submit applications within 12 months of DSA approval or 6 months of project completion if exempt from DSA review. In cases where districts demonstrate unusual circumstances prevented timely application submission, OPSC may grant up to a 6-month extension.
- Only projects caused by unusual circumstances beyond control of the district are eligible.
- Requires use of a new standardized cost estimate template.
- Applications that do not meet the application acceptance criteria will be returned to the district unprocessed.
School Facility Program Approvals and Workload
The Unfunded Approval list dated April 22nd contains projects worth $1,455,772,899.
The Board also approved projects today worth $90,314,628.
The Workload List dated April 30th contains projects worth the following:
|New Construction & Charter||$1,192,720,670|
The Acknowledged List dated April 30th contains projects worth the following:
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 at 4:00 pm via Zoom.
~ Nancy Chaires Espinoza, Legislative Advocate