Santa Clarita Community College District
Measure “M” Citizens' Oversight Committee

 
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The governing board of the community college district shall establish and appoint members to an independent citizens' oversight committee, pursuant to California Ed. Code Section 15282, within 60 days of the date that the governing board enters the election results on its minutes, pursuant to Section 15274.

STATUTORY DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE

The implementing legislation (Sections 15278 through 15282 of the Ed. Code) states that the purpose of the Committee is “to inform the public concerning the expenditure of bond revenues.” This is a general statement, which does not dictate the specific functions of the Committee. The specific mandatory functions of the Committee are set forth in the Code, as follows:

  • Actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers’ money for school construction;
     
  • Advise the public as to whether the District is in compliance with Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3);
     
  • Provide oversight for both of the following:
    • Ensuring that bond revenues are expended only for the purposes described in Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3), and
    • Ensuring that no funds are used for any teacher, administrative salaries, or other school operating expenses.
       
  • Issue regular reports on the results of activities, at least once a year.

MEMBERSHIP

The Santa Clarita Community College District Measure “M” Citizens’ Oversight Committee shall consist of at least seven members to serve a term of two years without compensation. Individuals may serve for no more than two consecutive terms. While consisting of a minimum of at least seven members, the Committee shall be comprised and include one member from each category as delineated:

  • One member shall be active in a business organization representing the business community located within the District;
     
  • One member shall be active in a senior citizens' organization;
     
  • One member shall be active in a bona fide taxpayers' organization;
     
  • One member shall be a student who is both currently enrolled in the District and active in a community college group, such as student government. The community college student member may, at the discretion of the Board, serve up to six months after his or her graduation; and
     
  • One member shall be active in the support and organization of the District, such as a member of the Foundation or an already existing College advisory council.

Further, certain individuals are excluded from participating:

  • No employee or official of the District shall be appointed to the Santa Clarita Community College District Measure “M” Citizens’ Oversight Committee.
     
  • No vendor, contractor, or consultant of the District shall be appointed to the Santa Clarita Community College District Measure “M” Citizens’ Oversight Committee.

Members of the Santa Clarita Community College District Measure “M” Citizens’ Oversight Committee shall, pursuant to Sections 35233 and 72533, abide by the prohibitions contained in Article 4 (commencing with Section 1090) and Article 4.7 (commencing with Section 1125) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code.

MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE COMMITTEE

Attendance

  • Regular attendance by Committee members is essential to effective operation of the Committee and timely implementation of bond projects.
     
  • If a Committee member is unable to attend regularly scheduled meetings, the Board of Trustees may appoint a replacement for that member on recommendation of the Superintendent.
     
  • After a Committee member has had two consecutive absences without reasonable excuses, the Committee shall recommend that the Board of Trustees remove the member from the panel and seek a replacement.
     
  • The replacement member shall represent the required Committee membership (category and criteria).
     

Meeting Dates and Times

  • Regular meeting dates, time, and place shall be established by the Committee and published/posted in accordance with the Ralph M. Brown Act and District Procedures.
     
  • All Committee proceedings shall be open to the public and shall be subject to the provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act.
     

Conducting the Meetings

  • The Committee shall operate under the latest edition of Roberts Rules of Order.
     
  • Committee actions and decisions shall be made and recorded as individual votes, noting the Committee member’s name and response.
     
  • Committee decisions shall be by majority vote of the members of the Committee present, provided that there is a quorum.
     
  • All documents received by the Committee and reports issued by the Committee shall be a matter of public record.

Community Attendance

  • Community members and news media representatives shall be encouraged to attend Committee meetings.
     
  • Members of the audience shall have an opportunity to address the Committee. Notice of Committee meetings and Committee actions shall be reported at Board of Trustees meetings as well as submitted for publication in the College’s student newspaper and local news media.

Reporting of the Committee’s Work

  • Reports by the Committee shall be presented at Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees meetings.
     
  • Reports and documents received by the Committee shall be placed on the District’s web site.

DISTRICT SUPPORT OF THE COMMITTEE

The governing board, without any use of bond funds, shall provide the Committee with:

  • Any necessary technical assistance and administrative assistance in the furtherance of the Committee’s purpose; and
     
  • Sufficient resources to publicize the conclusions of the Committee.