The Sweetwater District Board of Trustees has appointed a nine-member advisory panel to monitor the implementation of Proposition BB, Sweetwater's $187 million school bond passed last November. The oversight committee includes residents from every district community as well as representatives from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, the local development industry and postsecondary education.
Sweetwater's bond oversight committee will act in an advisory capacity to assist in reviewing progress and verifying that project plans alight with the budget.
"We put this committee in place to help ensure Prop. BB monies are spent appropriately and that implementation moves forward in a timely manner," said board president Bob Griego.
Members have met twice and selected a chairperson, Fernando Poveda, and vice-chair, Ed Bagaporo. The committee is currently finalizing its operating procedures and meeting schedule. Public comment is invited at all sessions. The next meeting will be April 16 at 6 p.m. in the Sweetwater Board Room, 1130 Fifth Avenue, Chula Vista. Additional information is available by calling the district at 691-5550 or 585-6134.
To promote continuity and maximum participation, term lengths vary from one to three years. The individuals serving on the bond oversight committee are:
Fernando Poveda, committee chairperson, two-year term - Mr. Poveda is a lifelong South Bay resident, living in Chula Vista for the last ten years. He is the Director of Outreach for Southwestern College and previously served on the Otay Water Authority Board of Directors.
Ed Bagaporo, vice chair, three-year term - A Mission Federal Credit Union investment advisor, Mr. Bagaporo lives in Bonita and is the president of the Filipino-American Political Action Committee. He also volunteers with the Sweetwater District's mentor program and Castle Park High School of Business Leadership.
Joe Casillas, Chula Vista representative, one-year term - Mr. Casillas is a lifelong Chula Vista resident and former member of the Chula Vista Planning Commission. Currently a real estate broker, Casillas is a registered engineer who has worked as a senior level government administrator in the Nixon and Johnson administrations.
Cecilia Garcia-Kirk, National City representative, three-year term - A National City resident since 1965, Ms. Garcia-Kirk was formerly a National School District board member and National City Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. She is currently board president and acting director of Christmas in July.
Sergio Feria, South San Diego representative, one-year term - Mr. Feria is a civil litigation attorney with two students in the Sweetwater District. He has lived in South Bay since 1984 and coaches baseball at EastLake High.
Monica Hueso-Melgar, San Ysidro representative, two-year term - Born and raised in San Ysidro and a graduate of Mar Vista High, Ms. Hueso-Melgar is currently a test coordinator at Smythe Elementary School in the San Ysidro School District.
Doug Langdon, Imperial Beach representative, one-year term - Mr. Langdon is a Mar Vista High graduate who served 13 years on the South Bay Union School District Board of Trustees. He currently is the coordinator of Learning Resources and Educational Technology for the San Diego County Office of Education.
Kris Michell, Taxpayers Association representative, two-year term - Ms. Michell is the vice president for public entity practice at Marsh USA, a national insurance broker, Michell has also worked for the Building Industry Association, the Association General Contractors, the City of San Diego mayor's office and the Padres ballpark.
William T. Ostrem, development community representative, three-year term - Mr. Ostrem is president of the EastLake Development Company. He has lived in San Diego County for nearly 12 years.