August 20, 2014
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Funding for Local Educational Agency Projects
SACRAMENTO—The State Allocation Board (SAB) today disbursed more than $93 million to be used for over 400 Emergency Repair Program [http://www.dgs.ca.gov/opsc/Programs/emergencyrepairprogram.aspx] (ERP) projects statewide impacting 53 local educational agencies (LEAs), State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced.
"Our students deserve the best opportunities for a successful future—to achieve that goal our youth need to learn in schools that are designed for the 21st century," Torlakson said. "These funds go a long way toward ensuring our schools overcome the challenges they face and boost California's investment in the next generation by strengthening school facilities to meet the growing demand of today's needs."
The ERP provides grant funding as well as funding to reimburse LEAs for the entire cost of repairing or replacing existing building systems, structural components, or equipment that are broken or not functioning properly and pose a health and safety risk to students and staff. Funds are made available annually through the State Budget.
The SAB, of which Torlakson is a member, 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.
For the complete list of allocations, go to the SAB's online agenda [http://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/opsc/SAB_Agenda_Items/2014-08/August_20_2014_Agenda.pdf] (PDF; 7MB), click on the "Consent" tab, and see Page 35.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
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