HISTORY

In 1999, the District performed a needs analysis of school facilities. In the fall of 2000, the Facilities Financing Advisory Committee comprised of twenty-five community and staff members began meeting to identify needs, set priorities, and review the potential funding options available.

Over $210,000,000 in critical renovation and new construction needs at schools throughout the District were identified in the Facilities Improvement Plan (FIP). The FIP was approved by the Board of Education on May 7, 2001. A copy of the FIP is available at all schools and the District Administration Building. To finance these needs, the committee recommended to the Board of Education that a $175,000,000 general obligation bond be presented to the voters of the District.

The Board of Education called for the bond election in May 2011. The bond measure was designed to meet Proposition 39 guidelines (requiring passage by a simple majority, tax rate no greater than $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, and accountability by a Citizens' Oversight Committee). Ms. Cheryl Tavaglione chaired and organized an extremely successful citizens' campaign which culminated with the voters of Riverside passing Measure B, the local bond, in November 2001 by a 68.3% margin.

COMMITTEE PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILITY

The Rules of Order of the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee (ICOC) as provided in Education Code Section 15278, et. seq. states that:

"The purpose of the Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC) shall be to inform the public concerning the expenditure of the bond proceeds. The committee shall:
  • Actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers' money for school construction;
  • Advise the public as to whether the school district is in compliance with the requirements of Article XIII A, Section 1(B) (3); and
  • Convene to provide oversight but not limited to:
    • Ensuring that bond revenues are expended only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities;
    • Ensuring that no funds are used for any teacher or administrative salaries or the school operating expense
  • Prepare the required annual, independent performance audit
  • Receive and review copies of the required annual, independent financial audit.
COMMITTEE SELECTION

The Citizens' Oversight Committee members represent a diverse group of the Riverside community and were originally appointed by the Board of Education on February 4, 2002, pursuant to Proposition 39 regulations.

The original appointment of Measure B Citizens' Oversight Committee members was as follows:

Kathy Allavie, Linda Coe, Jacqueline Corina, Thomas D'Arco, Malcomb Davis, Ronald L. Ellis, Kathleen M. Gonzales, Ronald Huber, Brad Hyman, and Enrique Martinez.

Citizens' Oversight Committee current membership:
  • Mark Cloud, Chairperson
  • Christal Pennington, Vice Chairperson
  • James Goldnetz
  • Diane Huntley
  • Jaime Hurtado
  • Kevin Milligan
  • Chad Sisco
  • Lewis Vanderzyl
  • Terry Walling
District staff members serve as support to the committee in an ex-officio capacity and are non-voting members.

MEETING DATES, TIMES, AND LOCATIONS

Meetings of the COC are called, noticed, held, and conducted subject to the Ralph M. Brown Act, and are open to the public. Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m., unless stated otherwise, at the District Office or at one of the schools that have benefited from Measure B funds.

All COC activity including meeting dates, agendas, and meeting minutes is posted on the RUSD website under Departments, Measure B.

GENERAL MEETING CHARACTERISTICS

Meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday every other month, unless stated otherwise. The agendas follow a traditional format for public meetings. Typically "Discussion Items" include staff presentations on the progress of construction and financial status for active Measure B construction projects. "Action Items" have been generally limited to the approval of meeting minutes and for setting the next/future meeting dates. Sections of the meetings are reserve for "Public Comments" and "Committee Member Comments".