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Grand jury: school districts need to improve effectiveness of school bond oversight

School districts in San Mateo County need to do a better job of recruiting and training members for committees that provide citizen oversight of school bond measures, the county Civil Grand Jury said in a report released Wednesday (July 14).

In addition, the committees need to do a better job communicating their findings to the public, the grand jury said.

Under Proposition 39, which allows for the passage of school bonds with the approval of only 55 percent of the voters (instead of two-thirds), school districts are required to form citizen oversight committees to ensure that bond funds are spent effectively and only for projects approved by voters.

The report proposes that school districts recruit people with construction and finance experience, provide "robust training" for committee members, and better communicate the findings of the committees.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Woodside High School
on Jul 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

any idea why Sequoia district is not included in the list of San Mateo county districts with active bonds & committees?

the Grand Jury report lists on 9 districts San Mateo Union High School District Millbrae Elementary School District Las Lomitas Elementary School District La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District Jefferson Union High School District Hillsborough City Elementary School District Burlingame Elementary School District Belmont-Redwood Shores School District San Mateo County Community College District
and later states as Finding 1 that "All SMCo School Districts that have current Proposition 39 voter approved bonds have established COCs and bylaws for oversight committees as required by Proposition 39." However the Sequoia website lists more than $55M left to spend Web Link as of last August it states "By the end of June, $39.5 million of the initial sale of the Measure J bond was still on hand and, in July, another $40 million was received from a second issuance of the bond. A final bond issuance of $55 million is tentatively planned for 2015."

Did the grand jury miss something?


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