May 22, 2013
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Funding
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 $519 million for 230 school construction and modernization projects across 92 school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools throughout the state.
"Our schools are community centerpieces and play a key role in preparing young people for the future," Torlakson said. "Local districts now have additional resources to bring to bear on constructing and rebuilding schools, which in turn creates jobs and improves our students' chances for success."
Torlakson's Schools of the Future Initiative (PDF) lays out the framework for "21st century learning" through the construction and modernization of school facilities, utilization of new technology, energy efficiency, and facilities for science and career technology education.
The State Superintendent 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 improve learning environments, and adopts 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.
For the complete list of allocations, go to the State Allocation Board's online agenda [http://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/opsc/SAB_Agenda_Items/2013-05/May_22_2013_Agenda.pdf] (PDF), click on the "Action Items" tab, and see page 11.