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Tracy Unified forming bond group

July 7, 2014

The Record, Stockton, Calif.

July 07--TRACY -- Tracy Joint Unified School District officials are seeking people to serve on the Citizens' Oversight Committee.

The committee will meet at least quarterly and is responsible for overseeing how citizen-approved Measure B bond funds are spent.

Measure B is an $82 million school bond to continue the renovation and modernization of Tracy Unified schools approved by voters in June.

State law requires school districts to maintain citizen oversight committees to double check that the funds are spent in the manner citizens wanted.

This committee will have seven members, as follows:

-- A representative from a business organization

-- A representative from a senior citizen's organization

-- A parent with a child or children enrolled in the district

-- A representative from a taxpayer's organization

-- A parent from a district support organization

-- A representative from an agricultural/farming industry

-- An at-large member of the public.

The district is also seeking alternates, although the number has not been specified. Alternates are non-voting members, unless needed to establish a quorum.

Members are expected to serve two-year terms, and they can serve up to two of them. At the beginning, though, three will be appointed to one-year terms, so the school district is not replacing everyone on the board at one time. They will have staggered terms.

Among the duties of committee members:

-- Ensure bond funds are spent only on projects listed in the bond project list and that no bond funds are used for salaries or general operating expenses.

-- Monitor progress of bond projects.

-- Receive and review copies of the annual performance and financial audits of bond projects as required by state law.

-- Provide information to the public on the progress of bond projects and expenditures of bond funds.

Applications are available at the district Facilities Office, 1875 W. Lowell, Tracy.

For more information, call the office at (209) 830-3245.

Applications must be received by 4 p.m.July 18.


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