April 6, 2000 Symposium, Sacramento
"Schools As Centers of Communities"
School Districts across California face the unenviable task of
building and modernizing thousands of public schools to relieve
existing student overcrowding, and accommodate growth in student
enrollment. The State of California is spending $9.2 billion in
state school bond funds to modernize and build new schools to
begin addressing an estimated $40 billion in statewide school
infrastructure needs. At the same time, billions of dollars have
been authorized by the voters for investment in parks, libraries,
and local school bonds throughout the state.
So we need to ask, how--through creative siting, designing, programming,
and joint-use with parks, libraries, healthcare, and other agencies--we
can leverage these unprecedented opportunities to create schools
that will serve as centers of communities.
Consequently, we are pleased to invite you to:
What: Schools as Centers of Communities Spring
Where: Capitol Building, Sacramento
When: April 6, 2000 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
RSVP by April 4, 2000
If you have questions, call Paul Hernandez at (213) 629-9019.
The Foundation Consortium, New Schools / Better Neighborhoods,
California Business for Educational Excellence (CBEE), the Cities,
Counties, Schools Partnership (CCS), and the California School
Boards Association are jointly sponsoring this effort to bring
together regional leaders and policy-makers to further define
the new schools and community centers of the 21st century, and
identify a course to achieve them.
The symposium will include the following:
- 21st Century Community-Based Schools--Learn about issues
of smart growth and explore how communities should plan and
build facilities that address neighborhood concerns and needs.
- Remaining Challenges--A group of experts will present their
findings on the challenges of site selection, environmental
issues, funding, and community involvement to successfully build
- Case Studies--We will discuss the benefits and challenges
of joint use of facilities between schools districts, cities,
and communities through case studies.
- Regulatory & Planning Issues--What existing regulations
must be changed or amended to create community-based schools?
We very much hope you can participate in this critical discussion.
The Foundation Consortium
New Schools / Better Neighborhoods
Cities, Counties, Schools Partnership
California Business for Educational Excellence
California School Board Association