(Garden Grove, CA) On Friday morning, Senator Janet Nguyen, who serves on the State Allocation Board (SAB), met with local school district officials in need of modernization and new construction funding for their schools. In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 51, the Public School Facility Bond, which will provide $7 billion in bond money to K-12 schools across the State of California. Prop 51 funds can be used for buying land, constructing new buildings, and renovating existing buildings. Schools may also be eligible for new construction funding if they do not have enough space for all current and projected students and are eligible for modernization funding for buildings that are at least 25 years old.
“Our public schools offer high quality education but we need to invest more in our infrastructure so that our children can have a better learning environment,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “Prop 51 presents an opportunity to bring money to schools in my Senate district.”
In an effort to prepare local school districts to access Prop 51 funds, Senator Janet Nguyen, who is also a member of the State Allocation Board (SAB) which is tasked with the distribution of Prop 51 funds, welcomed representatives from ten school districts for a private meeting. The meeting included presentations from members of the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) who, as staff to the SAB, are responsible for the implementation and administration of voter-approved school facilities construction programs.
During the two-hour meeting, hosted at the Fountain Valley Unified School District, attendees received specific updates, and information on SAB actions including new eligibility determination processes, and new provisions for financial hardship and appeals processes.
“It's my priority to continue to support local schools in the Thirty-Fourth Senate District and I look forward to my continued partnership with our local school districts as we work to enhance classroom conditions,” said Senator Janet Nguyen.
The Governor’s 2017-18 Budget included $594 million to be allocated from Proposition 51 bonds this fiscal year. Currently, the SAB has received requests from school districts for $2 billion worth of projects that need funding. For her part, Senator Nguyen will continue to advocate for measures that expedite the allocation process while ensuring that the funds are spent as intended by California voters.
The SAB is comprised of 10 members: the Director of Finance, the Director of the Department of General Services, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, three members of the Senate, three members of the Assembly, and one appointee by the Governor.