December 12, 2012
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Funding
for School Construction and Modernization Projects
SACRAMENTO—The State Allocation Board [http://www.dgs.ca.gov/opsc/AboutUs/sab.aspx] (SAB) today disbursed $383.8 million for new school construction and modernization projects across 110 school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools statewide, announced State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
"Our schools play a key role in California's future," said Torlakson. "These new funds provide vital assistance to local districts in the construction and rebuilding of schools, creating jobs in the community, and providing better opportunities to students for a successful future."
Commissioned by Torlakson's administration in 2011, the Schools of the Future (PDF; 1MB) Initiative underscores the importance of modernizing school facilities via the use of new technologies, energy efficient upgrades and the establishment of science and career technology education to guide the establishment of a 21st century learning environment for students.
The SAB meets monthly to allocate state matching funds for the construction of new classrooms and the modernization of existing schools and to consider policies and regulations regarding SAB programs. The funds allocated by the SAB are from voter-approved general obligation bonds that cannot be used for school operational expenses.
The State Allocation Board's online agenda [http://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/opsc/SAB_Agenda_Items/2012-12/December_12_2012_Agenda.pdf] , keyword "07 Action Items.pdf," provides a complete list of the allocations.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100