County schools get $1 million for upgrades

Funds come from Proposition 39 approved by voters
2013-07-13T13:00:00Z 2013-07-13T13:05:09Z County schools get $1 million for upgradesRegister staff Napa Valley Register
July 13, 2013 1:00 pm  • 

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.

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  1. publiusa
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    publiusa - July 13, 2013 4:28 pm
    The school districts will never give the public an accounting of this money because it is too small a sum to make any impact on energy savings and too small to create any jobs. The money will get lost in the massive waste of tax dollars by the schools. I strongly suspect that the money will simply go to teacher salaries because the teachers unions are on top of every penny and the district officials are all puppets of the unions.
  2. publiusa
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    publiusa - July 13, 2013 5:59 pm
    Several years ago the Napa County Office of Education got a grant of almost half a million dollars from CALTRANS called a "safe routes to schools" grant. What did they do with the money? They hired a teacher at outrageous salary and benefits to suit a Turkish teach kids to ride their bikes to school!!!
  3. alucawanza
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    alucawanza - July 13, 2013 6:58 pm
    Bzzz, wrong. The money is categorical and can only be used for the named items. Money for teachers' salaries are already budgeted. The union negotiates salaries and benefits. It does not manage the budget.
  4. alucawanza
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    alucawanza - July 13, 2013 7:17 pm
    It was a three year program. Seven schools were taught per year. Students were taught safe routes to their schools, driving laws, safety issues for bikes. Their personal bikes were inspected as well as their helmets. 37 bikes and helmets were purchased to be used by kids who did not have bikes so they could learn as well. (wholesale price)
    Google it and you will learn.
    The teacher was paid at the regular salary schedule that every teacher receives. This was an extra program added to his regular duties. No teacher lives the life of a Turkish Sultan. 4th graders learning to ride safely to school during the morning commute, learning the safest routes, being told of dangers to be aware of....9 year olds....
    Give it a rest pub.
  5. publiusa
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    publiusa - July 14, 2013 9:00 am
    That you would proudly admit and explain to the public, the details of this waste of money is an indication of the careless disregard for taxpayer hard earned money by the local schools. And for the folly you explained, the taxpayers paid $498,000!!!
  6. dmarvo
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    dmarvo - July 14, 2013 11:20 am
    Some people on here really seem to dislike teachers and teachers unions. So glad I do this work for the children as I hardly live like a sultan. That is the funniest thing I've read in a while. I will still be laughing while I drive to my second and third job!
  7. alucawanza
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    alucawanza - July 14, 2013 12:42 pm
    The county schools applied for the grant. They were required to follow the restrictions of the grant. When is children's safety folly? It's a two week program at each school. Let's see how a nine year old living on the east side of Highway 29 gets to Napa Junction School. How does a kid living on Marin Street get to Bel Aire School the school designated for the area behind the football stadium. Kids can't anticipate traffic situations. One person's folly is another person's responsible necessity.
    Give it a rest pub.
  8. Plantmum6
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    Plantmum6 - July 14, 2013 1:18 pm
    How does the charter school funding (between 50-58,000 each school) stack up against the amount given to the public school, when number of schools, student populations etc. are taken into account? Anyone know or have the numbers available to crunch math?
  9. inthenews
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    inthenews - July 14, 2013 2:51 pm
    Bzzzzz........wrong again...teachers haven't had a pay increase in YEARS or even a cost of living increase. Elementary teachers had their ONE PREP. period taken away. When the budget took cuts the union contract was not followed. Teachers voted to take more furlough days to save other people's jobs. This is a pay CUT.
    Stop making bogus comments and do your homework. Be part of the solution, not the problem by making false statements. Go to a classroom ONCE and follow a teacher for a day. You have not a clue. Get one.
  10. publiusa
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    publiusa - July 14, 2013 6:01 pm
    To Alu: this is not an issue of child safety. If you want to talk child safety tell me why Thek NVUSD stopped busing kids thereby endangering them because of teacher union demands for excessive pay and benefits keep robbing the schools budget. Kids in American Canyon can't get across HWY 29 because the city failed to require developers to provide adequate infrastructure when they built 2,000 houses 10 to 15 years ago. They couldn't even provide elementary, middle and high schools. Napans have to pay for AMCAN'S neglect of their children.
    I'll give it a rest when the NVUSD stops catering to excessive teacher union demands and starts focusing on the education of our children. I'll give it a rest when AMCANNERS start paying for their kids' education and start their own school district and leave Napans alone.
  11. alucawanza
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    alucawanza - July 15, 2013 1:31 pm
    *Google the bus situation. It was in the newspaper. Do I have to do everything for you? Here's a start. It tells you all the bus lines for NVUSD:
    *Do you think teachers should take a cut in pay to subsidize the bus program? Teachers haven't had a raise in many years. Here is the pay schedule for you:
    After four years of college and one year of teacher prep classes, followed by student-teaching, what do you think is a fair starting salary? Teachers are not just paid for their time, but for the training and skills they have developed. Tell me if you know the steps of a lesson plan, how many steps there are, record-keeping that is required, what cooperative learning is, what project-based education is, what is your base knowledge of children's literature, ....
    *American Canyon is part of the NVUSD.
  12. alucawanza
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    alucawanza - July 15, 2013 1:40 pm
    Therefore American Canyon students are being neglected by us all. You know how many schools have been built in A.C. There's a classroom for everyone. It just requires some families to transport their kids. They knew that when they purchased their homes or should have asked. Again...there's a classroom in A.C. for all the children living there. I don't know about you, but I drove my kids to school every day. Then I went to work. There are ways to adjust to these "inconveniences."
    *Tell me one excessive union demand. Did you know that teachers gave up the benefit of eye care coverage to help the budget? They also took furlough days without pay to save jobs.. These were union decisions. The union is made up of teachers who spend every working day and night focused on the education of children.
    *American Canyon is part of the NVUSD as is Yountville. People who live in American Canyon do pay for their kids' education. They are taxpayers.
    Give it a rest, pub.
  13. Old Time Napkin
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    Old Time Napkin - July 15, 2013 7:22 pm
    The last time the school district did upgrades they threw perfectly good desks into dumpsters just so they could have new desks. The district cannot be trusted with our money. Grant money is still taxpayer money, no matter what spin the district puts on it..
  14. publiusa
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    publiusa - July 16, 2013 1:46 pm
    To Alu - Capell Valley, Wooden Valley, Berryessa Highlands and Carneros regions are also in NVUSD but their schools were closed so the district could concentrate on AMCAN because that is where the increasing ADA comes from to satisfy the outrageous teacher union demands. The district threw those good families in those regions under the bus by closing their schools. Now those kids have to travel for hours to get to schools in town...and they are taxpayers too!
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