June 22, 2016

June 2016 Hall Monitor

Lease-Leaseback Challenge Continues There has been an ongoing debate on the validity of lease-leaseback agreements (Education Code Section (E.C.) 17406). The lease-leaseback law allows the school district to charge rent while in construction and while holding on to the title of the leased property. In the June 2015 ruling, Davis v. Fresno Unified School District,…

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April 9, 2016

April 2016 Hall Monitor

Design-Build Options Expand Design-build options available for school districts have been expanded under AB 1358, which takes effect for bid requests issued on or after July 1, 2016. The new provisions lower the minimum value of the contract to greater than $1 million (previously $2.5 million) and now allows an evaluation of the design-build proposing…

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By Eric Hall Proposition 1D, a $7.3B State Bonds measure was passed by the voters in 2006 and was the last State wide bond measure to be placed on the ballot. With the exception of some funds remaining from prior State bond measures, schools have planned, funded and constructed facilities with only local resources with no…

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By Eric Hall News broke last week on a new facility program, clearly in response to the $9B measure on the ballot through the initiative process. A new program is being proposed that would abolish SB50, eliminate the SAB and create a new program administered by the California Department of Education (CDE). Total funding amounts…

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February 11, 2016

February 2016 Hall Monitor

Placement and use of Portable Classrooms has a History of Controversy In 1963, Chicago Public Schools installed trailers on campuses to add capacity.   Neighborhood school policy of the Superintendent of Schools, Benjamin Willis, included a solution of installing trailers referred to as “Willis Wagons.”  This controversy created a heated public debate about the effect of this…

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January 11, 2016

January 2016 Hall Monitor

Taking the Initiative on the Need for a State School Bond By Eric Hall Proposition 1D, a $7.3B State Bonds measure was passed by the voters in 2006 and was the last State wide bond measure to be placed on the ballot. With the exception of some funds remaining from prior State bond measures, schools have…

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