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Board to interview candidates for school bond oversight committee

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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The Western Placer Unified School District school board is looking for residents to form a committee that will oversee how the district spends $60 million on school facilities.

Western Placer Unified School District Superintendent Scott Leaman told the school board at Tuesday night’s meeting that Placer County election officials have certified that the Measure A school bond passed with 17,418 votes, or 61.67 percent of the votes, cast in last November’s statewide election.

The bond, designating $60 million for updating current Western Placer schools and beginning plans for a new high school in the Twelve Bridges area, required a 55-percent vote to pass.

At the lightly attended regular school board meeting Tuesday, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Audrey Kilpatrick said the school district’s next task is to appoint a school bond oversight committee.

“The (school) board must establish an independent citizens’ oversight committee as an additional accountability measure for the voters and taxpayers of the district,” Kilpatrick noted in Tuesday’s school board agenda.

The oversight committee’s purpose is to inform the public concerning the expenditure of Measure A bond funds, according to Kilpatrick.

The oversight committee must have at least seven members and must include active representatives from organizations located in the Western Placer Unified School District. The oversight committee must include members from the following categories: a business organization, a senior citizens’ organization, a bona fide taxpayer’s organization and a parent or guardian of a Western Placer Unified School District student who’s also active in a parent-teacher organization, according to Kilpatrick.

The board’s timeline for establishing the citizens’ oversight committee is as follows:

  • Advertise for candidates                                              Monday to Feb. 6
  • Application deadline for candidates                             Feb. 20
  • Application screening of candidates                             Feb. 23 to 24
  • Candidate interviews                                                     Feb. 26 to 27
  • Board approval of chosen candidates                            March 3
  • First meeting of new citizens’ oversight committee      March 10.

 

If interested in applying to be on the citizen’s oversight committee, call the school district at 645-6350 for more information.