About the Citizens' Oversight Committee
The Citizens’ Oversight Committee is responsible for monitoring the expenditures of Measure O and Measure TT bond funds by the School District and then advising the Board of Education and the public whether such expenditures comply with the law. Measure O is a $516.3 million school bond approved by voters November 3, 2020. Measure TT is a $350 million school bond approved by voters November 4, 2008. In March 2021, the Board of Education approved Resolution 2601 designating a Citizens' Oversight Committee for Measure O and Measure TT, and amended the committee's bylaws. Read the Resolution
Under the California Constitution and Education Code, bond funds are restricted and may be spent only on the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, replacement or equipping of school facilities. Bond funds may not be spent on general administrative or operating expenses, including teacher and administrator salaries.
As part of its oversight function, the Committee reviews expenditures proposed by the Facilities Department, makes recommendations to the Board for their approval or disapproval, monitors the progress of construction projects, reviews the annual independent financial and performance audits, submits an annual report to the Board, and makes such other reports and recommendations to the Board as the Committee considers necessary or appropriate.
The Committee consists of 9 to 15 members, who are appointed by the Board of Education and are drawn from among the following groups: Pasadena business organizations, senior citizen organizations, parents or guardians of Pasadena school children, taxpayer organizations, and the general public. While Committee members are appointed by the Board, the Committee is independent of the Board and the School District, and Committee members may be removed only on limited, narrowly-defined grounds.
Residents of Pasadena who are interested in performing a valuable service—and in working hard—should submit their applications to the Facilities Committee of the Board of Education. Experience in finance, construction management, contract management, architecture, or engineering, while not essential, is particularly valuable to the Committee. Eligible candidates will be interviewed by a member of the Facilities Committee and a representative of the Committee, and the final selections will be made by the Board.
Committee meetings are (with some occasional exceptions) held on the third Wednesday of every month at the School District headquarters beginning at 6:30 PM. Regular attendance and active participation are expected because the Committee has much important work to do.
Membership Chair: John Robinson
Vice Chair: Eliza Jane Whitman
Stephen Aquino, Amelia Bradford, David Bell