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Chronological Listing of Approval Letters

A chronological listing of approval letters issued by the California Department of Education, School Facilities and Transportation Services Division starting from June 3, 2013. This listing includes contingent site, site, preliminary plan, final plan, supercede, and renewal letters.

2014 Workshops and Webinars for New Charter School Facilities Program Filing Period

The State Allocation Board (SAB) approved a new application filing period for the Charter School Facilities Program (CSFP) from April 1, 2014 to May 30, 2014.

To provide information regarding the CSFP and the application process, the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) will hold a series of webinars and public workshops throughout the state beginning in January 2014. An outreach schedule External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) has been posted on the CSFP Web page.

The CSFP provides preliminary apportionments (reservation of funds) for new construction projects and rehabilitation of district owned existing facilities that are at least 15 years old. Charter schools or school districts filing on behalf of charter school may apply.

The SAB has not yet approved the total amount of funding; however, once the amount has been determined by the SAB, a notification e-mail will be sent and the information will be posted on the OPSC Website.

For additional information on the CSFP and updates regarding the new filing round, please visit the CSFP Web page External link opens in new window or tab. .

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Cunneen at 916-375-4741 or erin.cunneen@dgs.ca.gov or Janna Shaffer at 916-376-1822 or janna.shaffer@dgs.ca.gov.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service - Community Facilities Loans and Grants

The Community Facilities Loans and Grants External link opens in new window or tab. programs support the success of rural communities (up to 20,000 residents) by providing loans and grants for the construction, acquisition, or renovation of community facilities or for the purchase of equipment for community projects. These facilities can improve access to high-quality and affordable local foods. Sponsors in rural areas and towns should consider applying for this unique opportunity to upgrade their community's child nutrition facilities and purchase equipment that could improve their students' access to healthy, locally, or regionally grown products. These program funds can be used to improve public buildings, such as school food service facilities, Head Start centers, pre-schools, adult day care centers, child day care centers, and food preparation centers.

Energy Efficiency Financing

The Energy Commission is now accepting loan applications External link opens in new window or tab. on a first-come, first-serviced basis for eligible energy projects from all eligible entities (including public schools). These 3% interest rate loans are available for projects with proven energy and/or capacity savings, provided they meet the eligibility requirements. Examples of projects include: lighting systems, pumps and motors, streetlights and LED traffic signals, automated energy management systems/controls, building insulation, energy generation including renewable and combined heat and power projects, heating and air conditioning modifications, and waste water treatment equipment. Energy efficiency projects must be technically and economically feasible.

Webinar: California's K-12 Educational Infrastructure Investments: Leveraging the State's Role of Quality School Facilities in Sustainable Communities

The California Department of Education hosted a webinar External link opens in new window or tab. on the recently released report, "California's K-12 Educational Infrastructure Investments: Leveraging the State's Role for Quality School Facilities in Sustainable Communities", prepared by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Cities and Schools.

Power Point - Policy Report Webinar (PDF)
Accessible version to the Power Point Presentation Policy Report Webinar

California's K-12 Educational Infrastructure Investments: Leveraging the State's Role for Quality School Facilities in Sustainable Communities

A policy research report External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF), prepared by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Cities & Schools, that provides an analysis of K-12 infrastructure policies, regulations, and funding patterns in California. Findings reveal the need to refine school facilities planning and funding policies and practices to promote sound, efficient, and goal-oriented decision making at state and local levels. The recommendations re-envision the state's role in K-12 infrastructure as one of appropriately supporting educational outcomes and contributing to more sustainable communities through a framework of public infrastructure best practices for sound planning, effective management, adequate and equitable funding, and appropriate oversight. The recommendations lay out a vision, policy framework, and implementation plan to equitably and efficiently improve learning environments for California's six million students.

Questions:   Fred Yeager | fyeager@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-7148
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