June 27, 2012
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Financial
Backing for School Construction and Modernization Projects
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that the State Allocation Board [http://www.dgs.ca.gov/opsc/AboutUs/sab.aspx] (SAB) disbursed more than $637 million for new school construction and modernization projects benefitting 198 school projects in 96 school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools throughout the state.
"Our schools face severe challenges, and these funds help boost California's investment in the next generation, giving districts some of the necessary tools to construct or rebuild our schools, create jobs in the community, and provide students with better opportunities for a successful future." Torlakson said.
Torlakson's Schools of the Future Initiative (1MB; PDF) encourages districts to strive for 21st Century student learning by modernizing their facilities through the use of new technology, energy efficiency upgrades and spaces for science and career technology education.
Torlakson is one of 10 members of the SAB which meets monthly to allocate state matching funds for the construction of new classrooms, the modernization of existing schools and other programs to provide 21st Century learning environments, and adopts policies and regulations regarding SAB programs. The funds allocated by the SAB are from voter approved general obligation bonds which cannot be used for school operational expenses.
For the complete list of the allocations, go to the State Allocation Board's online agenda [http://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/opsc/SAB_Agenda_Items/2012-06/June_27_2012_Agenda.pdf] , click on the "Action Items" tab, and see page 192.