Establishment of a Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee
Since Measure B passed on November 8, 2016, state law required that WUSD appoint a Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee to work with the District. The District had 60 days from the date the Board certified the election results, which was on December 8, 2016, to establish this committee.
Per Education Code 15278-15282, the committee must consist of at least seven (7) members who shall serve for a minimum term of two (2) years, without compensation, for no more than three (3) consecutive terms. Members must include:
One member who is active in a business organization representing the business community
One member shall be active in a senior citizens' organization
One member shall be active in a bona-fide taxpayer's association
One member shall be a parent/guardian of a child enrolled in the school district
One member shall be both a parent/guardian of a child enrolled in the school district and active in a parent-teacher organization or school site council
Members at large may also be appointed as long as the above 5 qualifications have been met, and the member lives within the WUSD boundary.
*Employees, vendors, contractors, and consultants of the Willows Unified School District are prohibited by law from being members of the Citizens' Oversight Committee. Employment which could result in becoming a contractor or subcontractor to the district would also be a potential conflict.
In accordance with Education Code Section 15278(b), the Citizens' Oversight Committee shall:
Inform the public concerning the expenditure of bond revenues.
Actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers' money for school construction.
Advise the public as to whether the District is in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.
Ensure that bond revenues are expended only for the purpose described in the California Constitution and as described in the ballot language.
Ensure that no bond funds are expended on any teacher or administrator's salary, or other school operating expenses.
Review the annual financial audit of bond funds.
Inspect school facilities to ensure the expenditures match the ballot language.
Review and report on the district's efforts to reduce fees associated with hiring professional consultants; efficiency upgrades, site preparation, and reusable facility planning.