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Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces $412 Million in Construction Grants to California Schools
$219 Million from Voter-Approved Proposition 1D Funds
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today that the State Allocation Board has awarded nearly $412 million in construction grants to 109 schools throughout California. More than $219 million was allocated from Proposition 1D funds, part of the Governor’s $42 billion Strategic Growth Plan to rebuild California’s infrastructure, approved by voters in 2006.
“I have said for a long time that we have to rebuild California, and that is why I am so pleased to announce that these funds will go to work immediately to build needed schools, repair classrooms and relieve overcrowding,” Governor Schwarzenegger said. “This funding will bolster our statewide economy now when we need it most and ensure California's schools continue to shine as bright as their students.”
The $219 million in Proposition 1D funds will go to 59 schools statewide and will provide for new construction and modernization of school facilities. The funds will also help to relieve overcrowding at some schools by replacing portable classrooms with permanent facilities.
$1.9 million allocated today from Proposition 1D will allow three schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District to incorporate high performance, “green” elements into their construction projects. This will include installing cool roofs that reduce heat absorption, high efficiency water fixtures with electronic sensors, higher ceilings to increase the use of natural daylight and air filters and ventilation ducts that reduce airborne contaminants.
Additionally, nearly $183 million of Propositions 55 and 47 monies have been allocated to fund construction at the Jacoby Creek Charter School in Humboldt County and critically overcrowded schools in Los Angeles. And about $10 million in general fund dollars will pay for emergency repairs at schools statewide. Click here to see a complete list of schools receiving funding.
The Governor has worked to allocate billions of dollars from the 2006 infrastructure bonds as quickly as possible to begin important projects, create jobs and stimulate California’s economy. Specifically, Governor Schwarzenegger has:
- Announced approximately $136 million in Proposition 1B funds for 99 transit projects statewide.
- Announced the allocation of $463 million in Proposition 1D funds for new construction and modernization projects for 29 charter schools statewide.
$382 million in
Proposition 1B funds for transportation
projects across the state.
- Announced the approval of $3.5 billion in Proposition 1B bond funds for transportation and goods movement projects across the state.
- Announced $394 million in Proposition 1B bond funding for 106 transit projects statewide.
- Announced $40 million for port security from Proposition 1B funds.
- Announced $73 million for affordable housing projects in Proposition 1C and Proposition 46 funds to help more than 1,600 California families rent or purchase affordable housing.
- Announced $211 million for expedited implementation in Proposition 1E funds to four critical levee improvement projects in Northern California.
- Announced $69.5 million in permanent low-interest loans from the Proposition 1C housing bonds to jumpstart 14 affordable multi-family projects up and down the state, helping more than 1,000 California families and individuals realize the dream of an affordable rental home.
In January, the Governor called an emergency meeting of his cabinet and instructed them to recommend ways to work with the legislature and speed the release of $29 billion in unallocated funds from the 2006 infrastructure bonds for the construction of roads, schools and levee repairs.
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