February 5, 2007

SLUSD Board of Education Announces Measure B Citizens Oversight Committee Appointments

From a February 2, 2007, press release from SLUSD:

[San Leandro, CA] The San Leandro Unified School Board of Education, at a Special Board Meeting on February 1, 2007, appointed 10 seats on the Measure B Citizens Oversight Committee. The purpose of the Citizens Oversight Committee is to “actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers’ money for school construction” on the Measure B Bond projects. Measure B is the $109 million school facilities bond approved by voters in the November 7, 2006, election.

“We had very strong candidates apply,” said the SLUSD Superintendent Christine Lim, “and the District and Board feel very fortunate to have so many talented and qualified individuals apply.”

By law, a citizens oversight committee must have no less than seven members, five required to hold very specific roles:

  • 1 person who is a student who is involved in student government;
  • 1 person who is active in a business organization;
  • 1 person who is active in a foundation which supports the District
  • 1 person who is active in a senior citizens organization; and
  • 1 person who is active in a bona fide taxpayers organization.

The Board of Education increased the size of the committee in order to provide greater accountability to the community. Applications were paper screened by District staff and then given to the Board of Education Facilities Committee to review, who then interviewed potential candidates over a two day period before making its recommendations to the Board. Interest in the student position was so high, that the Board agreed that the position would be co-shared by San Leandro High School students Abir Salamy and Briana Toney. Both are juniors and active in student leadership at the high school.

The other newly appointed committee members are:

Mary Beth Barloga—History Museum and Art Gallery Education Director, City of San Leandro; member, California Retired Teachers’ Association.

Robert Brannan—General Manager, Lloyd A. Wise/Marina MediaVision; board member, Boys & Girls Club of San Leandro; Recreation and Parks Commissioner, City of San Leandro; President, San Leandro Chamber of Commerce.

Deborah Cox—President, Estudillo Homeowners’ Association; member, PACE; Board Vice President, California Conservatory Theater; Steering Committee, San Leandro Leadership; Roosevelt School Site Council; served as the co-chair on the Measure B Campaign.

Charles Gilcrest—Consultant, Gilcrest Management; Board member, Halcyon-Foothill Homeowners Association; Executive Board, Business Association of South San Leandro; Board member, San Leandro Chamber of Commerce; and chair, Joint Project Area Redevelopment Advisory Committee.

Juan Gonzalez III—Principal, KPMG, LLP’s Investigative Practice; member, Bancroft Middle School PTA.

Tom Guarino—Government Relations Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric; serving on behalf of the Alameda County Taxpayers Association.

Gerald Shovlin—Teacher, Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland; serves on Bancroft Middle school Site Council, GATE Advisory Committee, and the Superintencent’s Parent Leaders Council.

James Moher—Attorney, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC; member of the Broadmoor Homeowners Association; active support of Building Futures with Women & Children.

Andrew Kopp—Attorney; active in Big Brother; has served as a voting precinct inspector; acted as a Judge Pro Tem for the Alameda County Superior Court.

In addition to having such talent on the new Oversight Committee, the District recently received news of a continuing A+ Standard and Poor’s rating, which further demonstrates how committed the District is to its fiscal health.

“An A+ Standards & Poor’s rating is the equivalent of a high 700’s credit rating score for an individual,” said Superintendent Chris Lim. “This means lower interest rates and lower taxes for the citizens of San Leandro.”

“The school district is working diligently to ensure all Measure B funds are spent wisely,” said Rick Richards, Board President.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at February 5, 2007 4:25 PM | TrackBack
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