April 6, 2000 Symposium, Sacramento

Schools as Centers of Community Symposium
Overview: The Foundation Consortium, New Schools * Better Neighborhoods, California Business for Educational Excellence (CBEE), the Cities, Counties, Schools Partnership (CCS) and possibly the California School Boards Association (CSBA) are co-sponsoring a symposium focussing on schools as community centers. The discussion will center both on smart growth? how should communities plan and build facilities that address neighborhood concerns and needs, and also examine the benefits and challenges of joint use of facilities between school districts, cities and communities. Best practices and case studies will be highlighted.


Morning Session

8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
Capitol Building, Room 447

9:00 a.m. Welcome


      David Abel and Jay Schenirer

    California Assembly Speaker-Elect Robert Hertzberg
    Video Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley

9:20 a.m. The Promise: New Schools, Better Neighborhoods, More Livable Communities


      Paul Hernandez, Ex. Director, New Schools / Better Neighborhoods
      Jay Schenirer, Foundation Consortium
      Nick Bollman, The James Irvine Foundation/California Center for Regional Leadership


      Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill
      John Mockler, Executive Director, State Board of Education
      Burt McChesney, California Business for Educational Excellence (CBEE)

10:05 a.m. Challenges & Opportunities – Three Panel Breakout Panels


      David Abel, New Schools o Better Neighborhoods
      Jay Schenirer, Foundation Consortium
      Steven Bingler, Concordia, Inc.

    Joint Use / Community as Client

      Don Benninghoven, CCS
      Jane Adams, Executive Director, California Park & Recreation Society
      Doug Otto, City of Long Beach Planning Commission
      David Tokofsky, Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education
      Kathi Littman, LAUSD Facilities

    Environmental Review

      Jennifer Hernandez, California Center for Land Recycling
      Robert Garcia, Environmental Defense
      Barbara Coler, Department of Toxic Substances Control
      DOE Representative
      Peter Weiner, Coalition for Adequate School Housing
      Nick Bollman, California Center for Regional Leadership

    Bond Funding

      Burt McChesney, CBEE
      Bruce Hancock, State Allocation Board
      Molly Munger, the Advancement Project
      John Mockler, Ex. Dir. State Board of Education
      Lisa Presta, State Treasurer’s Office – California School Finance Authority

11:05 a.m. Two Case Studies - (Pilots to Policy) and a Panel of Feds

    Sacramento City / School Project


        Davis Campbell, Executive Director, California School Board Association


        Jim Sweeney, Superintendent – Sacramento Unified School District
        Ralph Pettingill, Recreation Manager, Sacramento Department of Recreation
        Andrea Ball, Dir. Of Gov. Affairs for Long Beach Unified School District
        Diane Frankel, The James Irvine Foundation

    Healthy Schools: Elizabeth Learning Center


        Nick Bollman, CCRL.


        Dr. Neil Halfon, UCLA et al;
        Kim Belshe’, The James Irvine Foundation

    Federal Resources for School Modernization and Construction


        Karen Hobbs, White House Task Force for Livability

      Federal Agency Panelists:

        Department of Education
        Department of Energy
        Department of Health & Human Services*
        U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
        Federal Emergency Management Agency
        Department of Energy
        Justice Department*
        Department of Agriculture

12:00 p.m. Working Lunch

    Featured Speaker re the Question: Is the Promise Unrealistic?:

      Senator Dede Alpert, member of the State Senate and State Allocation Board


      Peter Schrag, The Sacramento Bee
      Michael Ricketts, Gov. Davis’ Deputy Secretary for Fiscal Policy
      State Board of Education Members:

        Connie Rice, The Advancement Project*
        John Mockler, Ex. Director, State Board of Education

Afternoon Session

1:15 p.m. Breakout Panels

Regulatory and Planning Issues - Can we Overcome the Obstacles?


      Assemblymembers Marco Firebaugh* and Alan Lowenthal*


      Lillian Kawasaki, L.A. City Department of Environmental Affairs


      Robert Pernell, California Energy Commission
      Phil Shearer, State Office of Public School Construction
      Duwayne Brooks, State Department of Education
      Steve Castellanos, State Architect*
      State Department of Toxic Substances Control*
      Doug Otto, City of Long Beach Planning Commissioner

2:00 p.m. Closing Remarks:

    Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg
    Jay Schenirer
    David Abel

Reception to follow

* Invited but not confirmed

For more information, please contact Paul Hernandez at (213) 629-9019.