State Of California Cuts Back “Federal Surplus Personal Property Program” That Allowed California School Districts To Purchase Equipment At Extremely Low Cost

At precisely the time when a faltering economy means cities and schools need to save money, the state of California has decimated one of the very programs that helps local governments cut costs.

For decades, schools districts like the Huntington Beach Union High School District and the Anaheim Union High School District have depended on an obscure program that allows nonprofits, small businesses and local governments to acquire surplus federal equipment at dramatically reduced prices.

Under the Federal Surplus Personal Property Program, you can get a$15,000 forklift for $1,000, an $8,000 Dodge van for $750.

“That’s how we’re sending money to the classroom. We don’t have to buy a $60,000 truck,” said Steve Bradford, fleet manager for the Huntington Beach district. He said his district has acquired staff cars, trucks, vans, electric carts, forklifts, trailers and portable lights through the program.

“It’s been a life saver for us,” said Scott McDonough, garage supervisor for the Anaheim district, who estimates that 35 to 40 percent of the 150 vehicles in his “white” fleet (non-school buses) were obtained through the program.

To cut costs, however, the state recently closed the program’s headquarters in Santa Ana and moved the operation to Sacramento. That might not sound like a big deal, but McDonough and Bradford say it’s been a disaster. They say the program doesn’t work now and they can’t figure out what equipment is available.

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RealSAVI Number For Irvine Unified School District

Orange County 2008 API High School Index Average Price Per Sq Ft RealSavi Number Average Price Per Sq Ft RealSavi Number
Irvine School District   Feb-09 Feb-09 Mar-09 Mar-09
Irvine 848  $ 319.34 2.66  $ 353.55 2.40
Northwood 874  $ 308.56 2.83  $ 374.57 2.33
University 897  $ 459.18 1.95  $ 379.23 2.37
Woodbridge 844  $ 332.33 2.54  None sold   

THE REALSAVI NUMBER IS DERIVED BY TAKING THE HIGH SCHOOL’S CURRENT “API” (”ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE INDEX”), WHICH IS FOR 2008, AND DIVIDING IT BY THE AVERAGE SELLING PRICE OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES (”BY $/SQUARE FOOT’), THEREFORE PRODUCING OUR REALSAVI TM INDEX WHICH REPRESENTS A “SCHOOL-VALUE ADDED” VALUE FOR HOMES SELLING IN THAT HIGH SCHOOL’S DISTRICT AREA.

 

RealSAVI Number For Capistrano Unified School District

Orange County 2008 API High School Index Average Price Per Sq Ft RealSavi Number Average Price Per Sq Ft RealSavi Number
           
Capistrano Unified SD   Feb-09 Feb-09 Mar-09 Mar-09
Aliso Niguel High School   825  $ 287.33 2.87  $ 294.82 2.80
Capistrano Valley High School  812  $ 283.05 2.87  $ 276.74 2.93
Dana Hills High School            825  $ 334.50 2.47  $ 328.51 2.51
San Clemente High School       816  $ 314.96 2.59  $ 381.82 2.14
San Juan Hills High School  *     748  $ 279.48 2.68  $            
Tesoro High School                            836  $ 265.69 3.15  $ 258.23 3.24

THE REALSAVI NUMBER IS DERIVED BY TAKING THE HIGH SCHOOL’S CURRENT “API” (”ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE INDEX”), WHICH IS FOR 2008, AND DIVIDING IT BY THE AVERAGE SELLING PRICE OF SINGLE FAMILY HOMES (”BY $/SQUARE FOOT’), THEREFORE PRODUCING OUR REALSAVI TM INDEX WHICH REPRESENTS A “SCHOOL-VALUE ADDED” VALUE FOR HOMES SELLING IN THAT HIGH SCHOOL’S DISTRICT AREA.

Orange County Schools Receive Thirty-One “California Distinguished Schools” Designations

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Thirty-one Orange County public middle schools and high schools have been named California Distinguished Schools, the state’s top honor for campuses.

The prize goes to just 10 percent of campuses statewide.

26th Annual Newport Beach “Spirit Run” Attracts Nearly 2,000 Runners To Benefit Elementary Schools In Newport-Mesa Unified School District

newportbeachspiritrun2009“…nearly 2,000 runners – some as young as 4 years old – braved intermittent downpours and gusty winds Sunday to compete in the Newport Beach Spirit Run, which began at 7 a.m. on Newport Center Drive across from the Fashion Island mall.

The Spirit Run, now in its 26th year, consists of 11 timed events though the streets of Newport Beach near Fashion Island. All but three of the races are for kids in middle school or younger.

The Spirit Run is organized by parents at five Newport Beach elementary schools – Andersen, Eastbluff, Harbor View, Lincoln and Newport Coast – which are the primary feeder campuses for Corona del Mar High School, serving seventh- through 12th-graders.

Most of the race’s proceeds will go to the five elementary schools’ PTAs, although participants from other Newport-Mesa Unified School District elementary campuses may request that a portion of their $20 entry fees go to their schools…”

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/year-newport-race-2342885-beach-spirit

 

Orange County School Districts Might Not Receive Much Needed Federal Stimulus Funds As State Of California Would Use Monies To Offset Budget Deficit

California’s independent Legislative Analyst’s Office last week recommended about $3.6 billion more in cuts to public education in the 2009-10 school year, with the intent that federal stimulus money would replace those depleted funds.

“If the state uses the stimulus money to backfill its own coffers, we’re not sure if we will see any of those dollars,” said Renee Hendrick, the Orange County Department of Education’s executive director for business services. “It’s awful. I’m just not sure how districts are going to do it.”

The California Department of Education is anticipated to receive $6 billion in stimulus money through the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, a pot of money that was presumed to trickle down to school districts and be used to offset their general-fund budget deficits. Education officials also are expecting to receive an additional $2.6 billion earmarked for specific programs.

If the state shaves off $3.6 billion from the stabilization fund, however, school districts will get less than half of the money they were hoping for.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/education-money-school-2340607-federal-districts

Orange County High Schools: Valencia High School Places 18th Overall In California Academic Decathlon; Trabuco Hills High School Places 3rd In Division II

Trabuco Hills High in Mission Viejo took third place this weekend in the Division II of the state academic decathlon competition, school officials confirmed, while Valencia High School in Placentia placed 18th overall.california-distinguished-school1

Official results were posted on the California Academic Decathlon’s website late Monday. The competition lasted through the weekend and into Monday.

Trabuco Hills, in Mission Viejo, also took first in Super Quiz – which tested them in evolutionary biology. Two students won fist and second in Honors.

Ophelia Yin, 18, from was co-captain on the Trabuco Hills team. She took 1st place in Division II overall competing against other ‘A’ students.

“We’re really happy especially because we competed against tough schools,” she said. “This is also the first time we went to state in four years. It was really nice coming together as a team.”

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/competition-team-trabuco-2337166-state-hills#