Nine community members vow to provide transparency for public monies spent on school construction projects.
The William S. Hart District governing board put in place an oversight panel to look after Measure SA monies to be used in construction and modernization projects.
The nine-member panel, which was part of negotiations between proponents and opponents of the measure before it was passed by voters in November, includes representatives of business organizations, senior citizen groups, taxpayer organizations, members of parent/teacher groups and parents of Hart District students.
Appointed to the committee were:
- Chris Ball, a construction claims analyst, Hart district parent and member of the SCV Chamber of Commerce
- Tom Cole, a real estate developer, Hart parent and member of the PTA
- Sergio D'Agustini, an operations manager and board member of the SCV School and Business Alliance
- Michael Hildebrand, a financier, member of the 38th District Central Committee, with experience working on the Measure M oversight committee for College of the Canyons
- Bob Levine, a chief financial officer, member of a taxpayer organization and Hart parent
- Rob Martin, retired engineer, senior citizen and member of the AARP
- Barbara Myler, a public relations and marketing consultant, member of the SCV Chamber of Commerce and a Hart parent
- Imre (Andy) Pattantyus, a consultant and member of the Valley Industrial Association
- Suzan Solomon, Newhall School Board trustee and member of a business organization.
The committee will inform the public in an annual written report of the use of the bond measure proceeds. They will ensure that bond monies are only spent on construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, including furnishings and equipment, as well as the acquisition of real property for school facilities as approved by the voters. Bond monies may not be used for any teacher or non-construction related administrative salaries.
They will also make sure that annual independent performance and financial audits are conducted.
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