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 Symposium
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 new schools.
  • 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.


Jay Schenirer
The Foundation Consortium

David Abel
New Schools / Better Neighborhoods

Don Benninghoven
Cities, Counties, Schools Partnership

Burt McChesney
California Business for Educational Excellence

Davis Campbell
California School Board Association