Approximately $87.6 million in bond authority is available from Propositions 47, 55 and 1D. The preliminary apportionment applications submitted between April 1, 2014 through May 30, 2014 are being reviewed. The Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) has received application requests that will exceed the amount of funding available. OPSC will use a preference points system combined with a funding matrix to determine which schools will receive Preliminary Apportionments.
Preference points, as described in the Preference Points and Funding Matrix Guidelines (PDF), are based on the following conditions:
- Overcrowded School District – Up to 40 points
- Low Income (Based on Free/Reduced Lunch) – Up to 40 points
- Non-Profit Status – 40 points if definition of non-profit status is met
- Existing Facilities – 40 points if rehabilitating existing district–owned facilities
Applications will be ranked based on the number of Preference Points earned and the type of project category per Education Code Section 17078.56. Projects with highest number of preference points will be placed in a Funding Matrix based on geographical region, urban, rural, or suburban designation, school size, and grade level.
The State Allocation Board may award preliminary apportionments once all application reviews are completed, up to the available bond authority. Applications not initially awarded a preliminary apportionment will remain eligible to receive a preliminary apportionment for up to eight months, in the event that bond authority returns to the California School Finance Authority. The remaining unfunded applications will be returned to the applicants.