California public school districts have been allotted $450 million in state funds to retrofit public schools to save energy, create jobs and improve school conditions.
Under the state budget, every public school district in the state will be provided a funding allotment of Proposition 39 funds based on the average daily attendance and weighted for poverty — as measured through participation in the Free and Reduced Meal Program, according to a news release from state Sen. Lois Wolk’s office.
“These funds will provide schools with long-term energy savings, improve school conditions, and help employ California’s over 400,000 unemployed construction workers,” the Davis Democrat said. “We owe the more than 60 percent of voters in this state who supported Proposition 39 a great debt.”
In Napa County, the Napa Valley Unified School District will receive the largest portion of Prop. 39 funds — about $819,000. St. Helena will receive more than $109,000, and Calistoga will be given more than $60,000.
Charter schools within the Napa Valley Unified School District were awarded separate Prop. 39 funds. The district’s charter elementary schools and its one charter middle school each received funds ranging from about $50,000 to $58,000.
Prop. 39, also known as the California Clean Energy and Jobs Act, closed a corporate tax loophole that benefited out-of-state corporations, according to Wolk’s press release.
For the next five years, half of the $1 billion Prop. 39 is estimated to generate annually will go to the state’s general fund. The other half will go toward measures designed to create jobs and save energy.