When L.A. Unified closed 265 schools because of area fires, meals were sacrificed as well as academics. However, about 80% of district students are from low-income families, and many depend on schools for breakfast, lunch and — in some cases — dinner. The nation’s second-largest school system responded by designating three San Fernando Valley schools…

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December 6, 2017 Today the State Allocation Board (Board) met to take action on a number of items, including providing Unfunded Approvals to projects worth $164 million. The Board also approved two district appeals related to Facility Hardship applications at Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District and Maple Elementary School District. Unfunded Approvals & Priority Funding…

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EH&A has helped Districts to plan and construct numerous facility projects. One of the most challenging of these was Vista Unified’s Mission Vista High School. We invited Mike Vail, Vista Unified’s former Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and External Relations, to recount the project’s history–and to report on the recognition it has recently received for its…

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The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District saved taxpayers a combined $122.7 million after recently selling a final series of bonds under Measure U and Measure E. “As a result of the low-interest rates we have seen for the last few years and strong tax base growth, the district ultimately received much lower borrowing costs for…

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Years of overspending has left the Oakland Unified School District millions of dollars in the hole and is forcing board members to make some tough budget cutting decisions in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, board members are to decide where to slice $9 million from the 2017-18 mid-year budget. The proposed plan as of Dec….

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With the body of research growing that links student achievement to good attendance habits, several states have expanded their age requirements for compulsory education at both ends of the academic spectrum, according to a new survey from the Education Commission of the States. Oregon, for instance, has moved its entrance requirement from age 7 to…

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Did you know that school facilities are so critical that FCMAT includes facilities in its recommended fiscal health analysis factors? FCMAT’s Fiscal Health Risk Analysis–  EH&A is asked to assist Districts with their facility challenges.  Having worked as staff for school districts, we understand how difficult it can be for districts to allocate funding for maintenance…

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By Joan Buchanan and Lisa Gonzales Published on October 16, 2017 for the Bay Area News Group Research shows that school facilities have a significant, positive impact on school culture, academic performance, student attendance, and teacher retention and job satisfaction. Students need facilities that, for example, have working air-conditioning, upgraded security and electrical systems, and modern…

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