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Measure K Next Steps Outlined for Board

Overwhelming approval of Measure K school bonds last month paves the way for the next steps in preparing for school construction and modernization in 2009.

Carri Matsumoto, executive director, Facilities, Development and Planning Branch, described at a special Board of Education workshop on Monday, Dec. 1 actions that the district must take before new schools can be built and older schools can be modernized.

After the district receives the certified election results from the County, the district is expected to take these necessary steps during the next three months:

• Board of Education adoption of a resolution that certifies the election results to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

• Board of Education adoption of a resolution for establishing a citizens oversight committee, by-laws, ethics policy and application procedures.

• Board of Education appointment of members to the citizens oversight committee.

The committee will be composed of seven members, who serve without compensation no more than two consecutive two-year terms. Members will include a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the district, a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the district and who is active in a parent-teacher organization such as the PTA or a school site council, a person active in a business organization representing the business community located in the district, a person active in a senior citizen’s organization, a person active in a taxpayers’ association and two community members at large.

The district is expected to issue its first school bonds and begin major work on schools this spring. The citizens oversight committee will prepare annual reports to certify that the work is done in compliance with provisions of Measure K.