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by Julie Romero
The State Allocation Board (SAB) has determined that state funds for new construction projects are not available. This action has triggered Level III fees, an action opposed by the California Building Industry Association (CBIA). Hours after SAB made their request for application, CBIA filed for a preliminary injunction to stop implementation.
On July 21, 2016, The Honorable Michael Kenny issued a tentative ruling denying the injunction. The court found the SAB stopped approving apportionments for new construction. A hearing was then scheduled for the next day, July 22nd.
The tentative ruling will be final unless one of the parties advises the court that they wish to be heard. To the best of our knowledge no one from CBIA requested a hearing or has challenged the Judge’s decision.
Requirements needed for the imposition of Level III fees are as follows:
- Must meet Level II criteria;
- State funds for new school facility construction must not be available;
- The State Allocation Board must determine the state funds for the new construction are not available;
- The State Allocation Board must notify the Secretary of the Senate and the Chief Clerk of the Assembly of its finding.
School Facilities and Technology Integration
by Julie Romero
Studies have shown the use of technology can result in improved learning for K-12 education. Students use of technology promotes development of twenty-first century skills such as communication, collaboration and critical thinking. Technology tools can also help teachers serve as facilitators, enabling them to focus on meeting the needs of individual students who have different types of learning styles.
Where there was once centralized computer labs in schools, now there are students with hand held devices and tablets who are able to access wireless networks and the internet anywhere and at any time. Infrastructure improvements will allow for future upgrades as the use of classroom technology increases over time.
For more information on the growing integration of classroom technology, please visit:
or contact CDE, School Facilities and Transportation Services Division at 916-322-2470.
The State Allocation Board (SAB) last met on May 25, 2016. There was no meeting in either June or July. The Board met on August 17 and discussed the approvals of the Seismic Mitigation Projects:
- Buena Park (Funding Approval) – Provides an unfunded approval of $667,915 to Gordon Beatty Elementary (Consent)
- West contra Costa Unified (Funding Approval) – Provides an unfunded approval of $2,740,128 to Pinole Valley High.
As of August 17, the remaining balance of the bond authority available for Seismic Mitigation Program projects is $80.2 million. That amount does not take into account projects currently being reviewed.
Priority Funding Request Period
School districts and charter schools with projects on the Unfunded List (Lack of AB 55 Loans) may submit requests to qualify for future priority funding apportionments.
is currently in Round 11: Effective July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.
On February 24, 2016, the Board approved $81.7 million in priority funding apportionments for 31 projects representing 20 school districts. Of these projects, 27 received a fund release, totaling $79.3 million. As of August 17th, the OPSC has not received a valid Form SAB 50-05 for the remaining 4 projects, in the amount of $2.47 million.
Please visit the web sites for SAB
for information on upcoming meetings and the status of funding.
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