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Bid Threshold Raised

December 2013 Number 84 According to the California Department of Education Office of Financial Accountability and Information Services, the bid threshold, pursuant to Public Contract Code section 20111(a), for K-12 districts’ purchases of equipment, materials, supplies and services (except construction services) has been adjusted to $84,100, effective January 1, 2014. This represents an in

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Senate Bill 751 Amends the Brown Act

December 2013 Number 83 Recently enacted Senate Bill (SB) 751 has amended the Brown Act to require

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Don't Overlook New Requirements Impacting School Facilities under the Local Control Funding Formula

November 2013 Number 81 With all of the attention that has been paid this year to the various impacts of the recent overhaul of the state's finance system for

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Reminder: Annual Organizational Meetings

November 2013 Number 79 Now is a good time to start thinking about the agenda for your agency's upcoming annual organizational meeting.

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Important Changes in Labor Laws Related to Prevailing Wage Assessments and Actions, Payroll Records and Public Works Determinations

October 2013 Number 73 Recent changes to the Labor Code make wide-ranging adjustments to the procedures by which prevailing wage violations

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Should School Districts Go "Peanut-Free"?

Peanut allergies are on the rise. In fact, according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the number of children who are allergic to peanuts tripled from 1997 to 2008. Peanut allergies can cause a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction.

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School Districts May Be Required to Refund Certain Surplus Property Proceeds to the State Allocation Board

A newly signed bill will require school districts and county offices of education to return moneys received from the state school facilities funding program if the school districts or county offices sell real property that was purchased, modernized, or improved with such moneys in the prior ten years, and if certain other criteria are met.

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New Legislation Imposes Greater Transparency Requirements and Structuring Limitations on General Obligation Bond Financings for CA. School Districts and Community Colleges

October 2013 Number 67 In response to recent negative media attention and heightened political scrutiny of some local agency bonds, Governor Jerry Brown signed important public finance legislation on October 2, 2013.

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New Regulations Proposed To Calculate "Direct Costs" Under the Civic Center Act

October 2013 Number 64 The California Department of Education recently released proposed regulations which would provide guidance in calculating the direct costs that school districts may recover for use of their facilities under the Civic Center Act.

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