State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson announced Monday the second round of funding, $65 million, to finance planning for energy efficiency projects with money from voter-approved Proposition 39.

Voters passed the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop. 39) in November 2012 to fund energy efficiency and alternative energy projects and improve health and safety conditions in public schools.

State officials have said Prop. 39 will direct about $2.5 billion in new revenues over five years to fund K-12, county education and community college projects.

The first round of funding — approximately $106 million — went to local educational agencies (LEAs) last November to assess needs and plan projects.

Santa Maria-Bonita and Blochman Union school districts will apply for the second round of funding, intended for districts that did not receive full balances in the first round.

The funding is intended to support planning but unused funds can be redirected to finance energy projects.

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Nancy Shafer, interim business manager in the Blochman district, said the first step for the Blochman district is to undergo an energy audit that will in February establish the needed and eligible projects.

To access project requirements to earn the funding, visit energy.ca.gov/efficiency/proposition39/.

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