Dublin School Board Trustees Roadtrip to Sacramento to Advocate for Facilities Funding
DUBLIN, CA–Three Dublin Unified School Board Trustees traveled to Sacramento on Wednesday to advocate for a dialogue on the topic of school facilities funding and the impact that it is having on the rapidly growing Dublin school district.
Board President Dan Cunningham, Vice President Megan Rouse and Trustee Amy Miller spent the day in meetings at the State Capitol with legislators and state officials, culminating in an appearance before the State Allocation Board, the body that allocates facilities funding for schools in California.
At the State Allocation Board meeting, Dublin became the first district in the state to request that the SAB agendize the issue of raising developer fees to Level 3 and expressed public support for a statewide School Bond Measure, which will be on the ballot in November.
“We wanted to start a dialogue,” Board President Dan Cunningham said. “We are in an unusual position with the rapid growth in our community. We have done everything a district is supposed to do at the local level, passing bonds, reaching agreements with developers, partnering with our city and now we need the state to do their part in helping us to fund new facilities that are much needed in our district.”
The day began with a meeting with Assemblymember David Hadley, who represents District 66 in Southern California. It was followed by an appointment with Jeff Bell, an education budget manager in the State Department of Finance. After lunch, Trustees met with our local representatives, Assemblymember Catharine Baker and Senator Steve Glazer before speaking during the public comment section of the monthly meeting of the State Allocation Board.
“I am proud of our Trustees for advocating for our students and our schools,” said Superintendent Stephen Hanke. “This effort reflects their outstanding leadership and the depth of their concern for the long-term success of our students and our district.”
The Trustees’ advocacy efforts began several weeks ago with Resolution 2015-16/24, which acknowledged the state’s lack of bonding authority in providing facilities funding to California schools and the impact that has had in Dublin.
That Resolution, along with a copy of the letter that President Cunningham read and presented to the State Allocation Board are available here.
In addition, the district will begin a “Call to Action” campaign in the coming days, asking our school community to participate in a letter-writing effort to help us advocate for increased facilities funding. Information on that campaign will be distributed to all sites.
The community can also get more information about this process by attending our School Facilities Academy on Monday, Feb. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Dublin High Center for Performing Arts and Education. All are encouraged to attend this important, relevant event.