FUSD gets $1.4 mil to modernize schools
The State Allocation Board (SAB) disbursed $285 million for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools throughout the state for new construction and modernization projects last week.
“These funds help support our districts with additional resources to revamp or construct new schools,” said Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “We can’t expect our children to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century when they work and study in facilities from the past.”
Among the Tulare County schools to receive funding was the Farmersville Unified School District, which received $1.4 million in modernization funds. The construction and modernization of school facilities, utilization of new technology, energy efficiency, and facilities for science and career technology education are recognized in Torlakson’s Schools of the Future Initiative as among fundamental elements for achieving “21st century learning.”
The SAB convenes monthly to distribute state matching funds for the construction of new classrooms, the modernization of existing schools, and other programs to improve learning environments, and adopts policies and regulations regarding SAB programs. The funds allocated by the SAB are from voter-approved general obligation bonds that cannot be used for school operational expenses.
For the complete list of allocations, go to the State Allocation Board’s online agenda.