The Basics of School Construction and School Construction Accounting

About the Workshop

The passage of Proposition 51 opened new opportunities for school agencies to access much-needed funding for new construction and modernization projects. With these monies, however, came new requirements in the form of grant agreements and audits. In addition, legislation that passed in 2018 opened new funding opportunities for kindergarten classroom construction. It is critical that school agencies understand the nuts and bolts of school construction and funding before they embark on these construction projects. This workshop provides an overview of the timelines and approvals necessary for the construction and/or modernization of a school facility as well as step-by-step details on the basics of school construction accounting.

If you are new to school construction, new to the responsibilities of school construction accounting, or if your district passed a bond, plans to issue a new bond series, or anticipates receiving state funding for school facilities construction or modernization, you need the basics in order to get started on the right foot.

Topics That Will be Covered Include:

  • Project planning, development, and approvals
  • Best practices
  • Getting organized and filing systems
  • Communication with stakeholders
  • Construction programs and capital facilities funds, including Proposition 51 state bond funds, the new Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Grant Program, developer fees, and the Local Control Funding Formula/Local Control and Accountability Plan
  • Accounting system set up and the proper invoice coding
  • Budget development and monitoring
  • The nuts and bolts of closing out the project
  • School Facility Program requirements—grant agreements and audits

Who Should Attend? 

This workshop can be of benefit to employees new to construction of school facilities, including accounting staff, facilities and fiscal managers, and those who may just need a refresher on the many aspects of school construction from start to finish.

Presented by:

Debbie Fry, Director, Management Consulting Services 

Brianna Garcia, Director, Management Consulting Services


For Workshop Registration Assistance: Please email Michelle Berge at

To bring this workshop to your district or county office, please contact Sheila Vickers at (916) 446-7517 or


SSC Clients:

$225 per attendee
$325 per attendee

Program Begins:
Program Ends:
8:30 AM
9:00 AM
12:00 PM

Dates and Locations
February 12, 2019   Ventura County Office of Education/Conference & Educational Services Center  
February 14, 2019   Yolo County Office of Education  
February 15, 2019   Madera County Office of Education  
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