In her ongoing effort to bring funding for schools in the 34th Senate District, Senator Janet Nguyen is pleased to announce that she and her colleagues on the State Allocation Board (SAB) have unanimously approved the release of $7.29 million for priority school modernization projects for Newcomb Academy in Long Beach. The Senator also announced that the SAB voted to begin the process of approving $100 million in grants for construction of full time kindergarten facilities.

Funding for the Newcomb Academy was made possible through Proposition 51, a school bond approved by voters in the November 2016 election. Prop 51 dollars are authorized for distribution by the SAB, a 10 member committee comprised of: the Director of Finance, the Director of the Department of General Services, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, one appointee by the Governor and six members of State Legislature, among them three members of the Senate and three members of the Assembly. Senator Nguyen has been a member of the SAB since February 2017.

“Thanks to this funding Newcomb Academy will have the opportunity to rebuild their school,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “The completed project will give students and teachers safe and modern learning spaces.”

The SAB grant will help the Newcomb Academy complete a $40.5 million project to replace all eight of the school’s buildings, along with sixteen portables. The new construction will result in seven new buildings, two two-story buildings and five one-story buildings, with forty five classrooms, administration, library, multi-purpose room and gymnasium on the existing school site.

Senator Nguyen also voted to begin the process for providing $100 million in grants to local school districts to construct full time kindergarten facilities. In June of 2018 Senator Nguyen helped pass Assembly Bill 1808 which appropriated $100 million for this purpose.

Since her appointment to the SAB, Senator Nguyen has helped draw more than $33 million to schools in her district, including:

  • $5.5 million in modernization grants for the Los Alamitos Unified School District and the Westminster Elementary School District.
  • $3.2 million in modernization grants for the Santa Ana Unified School District
  • $14.6 million in modernization grants for the Long Beach Unified School District
  • $10.6 million in seismic mitigation grants for the Garden Grove Unified School District

 

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