February 4, 2015 / Published in Education
In January 2015, New Haven Unified School District closed escrow on the sale of the former school site, Cabello Elementary School, giving the District a much needed infusion of significant funds to help overcome prolonged state budget cuts. For over three (3) years Dutra Cerro Graden (DCG) worked with the New Haven Unified School District (“the
January 23, 2015 / Published in Education
  Around the country and especially here in sunny California, public and private schools have been among the first large institutions to embrace solar technology. According to one survey, more than 3,500 K-12 schools have put solar arrays on rooftops, in parking lots, and other unused areas of their campuses. Here’s why: Cost savings: Solar
January 14, 2015 / Published in Education
STEM pic Citing a lack of American-trained scientists and engineers, the federal government has made the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) a priority. Several STEM programs and schools have opened in California.
Image source: Flickr CC User RDECOM Citing a shortfall of American-trained engineers and scientists, the Obama Administration has made it a priority for schools to better teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to students. In response, entrepreneurs, community leaders, K-12 public schools, private schools, and charter schools have begun developing innovative programs in existing schools, in addition to building so-called STEM schools from the ground up.
daycare in church building
January 9, 2015 / Published in Education
public school California schools have led the nation in using private funding to support programs and facilities. Although the issue of using private funding to support public education can be controversial, districts have several fundraising options.
Image source: Flickr CC user Maryland GovPics By now, you have probably heard that Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg famously donated $100 million to schools in gritty Newark, New Jersey. He recently followed that up with a pledge to contribute $120 million to California schools in the Bay area. While these massive donations got lots of news coverage, a lesser-known story in California is just as telling of how common private donations have become for public schools.
January 5, 2015 / Published in Education
21st Century classroom pic Opinions vary widely on what the 21st Century School should look like. It all depends on the school's vision.
Image source: Flickr CC user Cliff In Washington, D.C., a school district recently took what it felt was the fastest route to get the word out to students that it was now acceptable for them to bring their smartphones to class: the school district tweeted them. The district ended an all-out ban on mobile devices in the classroom in 23 high schools. Why fight against the current of the times? After all, their kids and most kids who attend a 21st Century school surf the Internet on their phones to discover what’s going on. Just as the blackboard went out of fashion, so too should this idea that students should leave potential learning tools in the locker. Or so the district believes.
January 2, 2015 / Published in Education
school protests Charter schools have drawn protests around the country when they co-locate with public schools in the same building, as with this one in Manhattan. Fortunately, charter schools have several options to obtain private facilities in California.
Image source: Flickr CC user Jkrincon California has more than 1,000 charter schools, the most in the country. As the popularity of these independent, taxpayer-funded schools has grown, so too has the controversy over providing them with classrooms and facilities.
December 15, 2014 / Published in Education
School construction bond When schools need to build new resources, they may seek a school construction bond.
Image source: Flickr CC user USAG - Humphreys My mother use to say, "It's not polite to talk about money in public." I've mostly stood by this advice when exchanging casual niceties at the local coffee shop, but with this year's election results still hot on everyone's mind - perhaps more accurately, on their tongues - I was surprised to find myself in the middle of a public discussion about school bonds and new taxation. Our school district had succeeded in campaigning for a bond that would support the construction of a new elementary school in our district. Democracy had prevailed, I thought. We're all getting what we wanted!
December 12, 2014 / Published in Education
In parenting circles, there’s one question that becomes more and more pressing with the unveiling of each new iPhone: how do we get our kids to spend more time outside? Parents debate the overuse of smartphones and the importance of limiting screen time, and while there are rarely simple solutions, I will say this: there
December 8, 2014 / Published in Education
The phrase “failing public schools” is one we’ve all heard for decades. It becomes a hot-button issue during election season, and then is generally neglected by the same politicians afterwards. The issues are long-standing and of enormous importance, and finding solutions seems intimidating to all but the most dedicated public servants. The major issues are
April 9, 2014 / Published in Education
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, DCG’s Jerry Matranga co-presented a workshop at the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) annual Conference & School Business Expo. Jerry presented along-side Marilyn Cleveland, Attorney at Law with Dannis Woliver Kelley, and Brianna García and Suzanne Speck, Director of Management Consulting Services and Associate Vice President (respectively) of School Services of California, Inc.
February 26, 2014 / Published in Education
Dutra Cerro Graden is proud to have recently assisted Solano Community College in acquiring a former auto dealership in Vallejo which enabled Solano College to enhance their automotive program. According to the Times-Herald article by Sarah Rohrs, “The new quarters give the fledgling program a lot more room to bolster student enrollment and expand with
For the third year in a row, DCG will co-present a workshop at the Annual Conference & California School Business Expo held by California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO). On Saturday, April 5, 2014, DCG will join Marilyn Cleveland, Attorney at Law at DANNIS WOLIVER KELLEY and Suzanne Speck, Associate Vice President at School