May 4, 2017
Dear Citizens Oversight Committee Applicant:
In November 2010, voters within the San Marcos Unified School District expressed their confidence in the School District and their support for public education by passing Proposition K. Proposition K was a general obligation bond measure which was presented to the voters of the School District to help rebuild, modernize, renovate and revitalize our schools. Funds generated from the sale of the authorized bonds will be used for a variety of school district capital projects. These projects will help the School District in meeting its educational goals to educate the students in our community.
As part of the authorization and voter approval of Proposition K, the School District is required to form a Citizens’ Oversight Committee comprised of members of the community to assist the District in reviewing the expenditure of bond funds as they occur. The Committee must include at least seven members of the community who will be appointed by the Governing Board of the School District. Five of the seven members should include: One (1) member who is active in a business organization representing the business community located within the District; One (1) member who is active in a senior citizen’s organization; One (1) member who is active in a bona fide taxpayer association; One (1) member shall be the parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District; and One (1) member shall be a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District and active in a parent-teacher organization, such as a parent-teacher association or school site council.
Service on the Committee is, by law, without compensation and is expected to comprise a few meetings per year. It is a good opportunity for interested members of the community to learn more about the School District and its facilities plans and is an opportunity for members of the community to support the School District and its mission of public education. By law, employees of the School District and vendors, consultants and contractors who work for, or provide services to, the School District may not serve on the Committee. Members of School District [PTO/Site Councils/DELAC/ELAC] are encouraged to apply.
Applications for membership on the Committee must be submitted on the District’s Committee (COC) Application Form. Applications not submitted using the Application Form may not be considered. The Application Form is available for interested members of the public at the Superintendent’s office located at 255 Pico Avenue, Suite 250, San Marcos, California, and can be downloaded from the San Marcos Unified School District Website at www.smusd.org. Mailed Application Forms should be addressed to: San Marcos Unified School District, Attention: Mark Schiel, Assistant Superintendent at 255 Pico Avenue, Suite 250, San Marcos, California. Please note that under State law, the District cannot hold the completed Applications as confidential documents.
The selection process for Committee applicants will include an interview by the Governing Board at a Special Board meeting to be held at a date to be determined. Applicants for the Committee should be prepared to attend that Board meeting. Final selection of the members of the Committee will lie with the Governing Board. Each candidate will be allowed up to 5 minutes to present any information they wish to the Board which supports their candidacy for the COC. Following each candidate’s presentation of information, they will be asked a specific question by the Board to which they will have 3 minutes to respond. All candidates will receive the same question.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my assistant, Evonne Cordova, at (760) 752-1212.