Revised March 28, 2017
With the passage of Proposition 51, $500 million has been made available for the Charter School Facilities Program (CSFP). The CSFP provides preliminary apportionments (reservation of bond authority) for new construction projects and rehabilitation of district owned existing facilities that are at least 15-years old. Charter schools or school districts filing on behalf of a charter school may apply.
Applications are accepted during specified filing rounds. At present, pursuant to School Facility Regulation Section 1859.161, the next round will open on February 6, 2017, and remain open for 120 days. The deadline to submit an application will be 5:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017. To apply to the CSFP, a complete Application for Charter School Preliminary Apportionment (Form SAB 50-09) and all other supporting documents must be physically received by the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) prior to 5:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017. Additionally, a complete and valid California School Finance Authority Charter School Facilities Program Application (Form CSFA 03-01) must be submitted to the California School Finance Authority (CSFA) by 5:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017. Please visit CSFA webpage for information on their submittal process. Applications may not be emailed, faxed or otherwise electronically transferred and must contain an original ‘wet’ signature. Signatures may not be scanned, photocopied, stamped, etc. Applications received after 5:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017 will be returned. For a list of the additional documents required to make a complete application package, please refer to the CSFP Application Submittal Requirements (PDF). Application packages may be mailed or hand delivered to the following address:
Office of Public School Construction
Subject: CSFP 2017 Filing Round
707 Third Street, 6th Floor
West Sacramento, CA 95605
If the total valid and complete applications submitted exceed the available $500 million, a preference points system and funding matrix, as provided for by Education Code (EC) Section 17078.56 and School Facility Program (SFP) Regulation Sections 1859.164 and 1859.164.1, will be used to fund the successful applicants. Information on how preference points are assigned and how projects are ranked can be found in the Preference Points and Funding Matrix Guidelines (PDF).
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR BOTH DEPENDENT CHARTER SCHOOLS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS APPLYING INDEPENDENTLY TO THE CHARTER SCHOOL FACILITIES PROGRAM
Prior to submission of the Preliminary Charter School Application for both rehabilitation and new construction projects, School Facility Regulation Section 1859.162(b) requires that a charter school applying on its own behalf notify the school district where the project will be physically located of its intent to apply. This notification must occur at least 30 days prior to the application submittal and evidence of the date the notification was received by the school district must be submitted as part of the Preliminary Charter School Application.
FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS APPLYING INDEPENDENTLY
Please note that charter schools must notify the school district that serves the same grade level the charter school project will serve. The notified school district may not necessarily be the same entity as the authorizing school district. Multiple school districts, and possibly the County Office of Education, may need to be notified if the project will serve multiple grade levels.
FOR DEPENDENT CHARTER SCHOOLS
The school district must be the applicant for a dependent (locally funded) charter school. However, a school district may not request funding for grade levels it does not serve. If the dependent charter school project will house grade levels not served by the school district, two applications will need to be submitted: one by the school district for the grade levels it serves and one by the charter school for the additional grade levels. With the application submitted by the charter school, all requirements when a charter school applies independently will need to be met, including notifying the school district that serves the same grade level as the classrooms in the charter school’s application.
May 5, 2017 is the last day to notify school districts and be able to submit an application by the June 5, 2017 deadline. Applications received with notifications to the incorrect school district that are unable to notify the correct school district by May 5, 2017 will not be accepted. Please take care in ensuring you are notifying the correct school district. If you need assistance determining which school district to notify, please contact OPSC.
Please note that there are additional requirements when a charter school applies on its own, as provided for in School Facility Program Regulation Sections 1859.162(b), 1859.162.1 and 1859.163.4(d). To ensure all requirements are met, template school district notification letters have been provided and can be located on the Charter School Facilities Program web page.
If you would like additional information, please contact Erin Cunneen at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (916) 375-4741, or Karen Mandell at (916) 376-8959 or email@example.com.
To request a California Department of Education Recommended Site Size Letter, please contact Lisa Constancio at LConstancio@cde.ca.gov or (916) 445-4889
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