March 21, 2008

Positions Open on Proposition “O” Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee

The Sweetwater Union High School District announces the opening of three Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee positions. Proposition O was passed under the rules of Proposition 39, which directs that the Board of Trustees appoint a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to monitor bond expenditures.

This Committee is responsible for reviewing expenditures related to the District’s $644 million general obligation bond, Proposition “O,” approved by the voters in November, 2006.

Currently three committee members are needed in the following categories:

· One active member of a local business organization

· One member who is active in a senior citizen’s organization

· One active member of a taxpayer association

The oversight committee will not include any employee or official of the district or any vendor, contractor or consultant of the district.

“The Bond Oversight Committee plays an important role by making sure that the District meets the obligations it set out in Prop. O,” said Board President Pearl Quiñones. “With representation from many segments of the community, the committee will bring together people from multiple perspectives who are interested in the success of our students.”

Prop. O material distributed to the community during the campaign described needed school improvements as part of the $644 million bond measure, and mentioned that an oversight committee would be formed. This independent citizen Oversight Committee will consist of local senior citizens, homeowners, parents, taxpayers and others. The members of this committee will be appointed to monitor and publicly report on the performance of the bond program, including expenditures and construction quality.

For Superintendent Dr. Jesus Gandara, the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee assures that the community continues to be an active partner in improving local schools.

“Part of the District’s mission is to provide a learning environment that ensures the well-being of each student,” Gandara said. “This committee will see that Prop. O funds are used to provide all students with exemplary learning environments.”

Community members who would like to participate on this committee should write a letter of interest and send a resume to Jaime Ortiz, Sweetwater’s Proposition “O” Program Manager by Monday, April 7. Both items can be emailed to Jaime.Ortiz@suh sd.k12.ca.us or mailed to Sweetwater Union High School District, Attn: Jaime Ortiz, 1130 Fifth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91911.

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