Bond money finally reaching school construction jobs

The State Allocation Board awarded $191 million in state support for school facility projects at 63 school districts at a hearing last week. The action requires districts who are set to receive the money to submit finalized paperwork to the Office of Public School Construction within 90 days.

The list of projects to be undertaken with the $191M is a mix of both new construction and modernization needs. The awarded districts are at the top of a long list of applications that have sat largely unfunded for years because of a lack of state matching funds.

The money now being allocated is tied to the $7 billion bond measure, Proposition 51, to support school construction, which was approved by voters in November, 2016. With the release of the revised May budget only a few weeks away, there is some pressure on the Brown administration to release more of the bond money.

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