Lodi Unified School District is having a hard time keeping positions filled on a voter-mandated citizens oversight committee.
Two appointed members of the Measure L Bond Oversight Committee have been absent for some time, and only one responded to repeated requests for communication, according to committee chairman Lester Patrick.
That member has since re-joined the group and is attending meetings. A third member has had to step down because he has moved out of the school district.
There are currently two openings on the seven-member committee.
The issue came up Tuesday during Patrick’s annual financial report to the board. Committee members have completed their third-annual report since the measure was approved.
The purpose of the committee is to inform the public concerning the expenditures and uses of bond revenues. The committee’s legal charge is to actively review and report on the use of taxpayers’ money for school construction in accordance with voter-approved projects, per district policy.
The committee, overseen by Assistant Superintendent Art Hand, reports to the school board. Its quarterly or as-needed meetings are open to the public.
It is not, however, the first time Patrick has publicly pleaded that the board change the committee bylaws to allow a fewer number of members. It was briefly discussed last year, but no action was taken, according to Hand.
School board president George Neely said the district needs to move swiftly in replacing absent committee members and adopt a new policy that dictates when one can be removed.
The district’s other bond oversight committee, Measure K, has also had issues getting enough board members together to form a quorum, however, it continues to meet with only five of the seven seats filled.
Hand said he will address the board at the March 1 meeting to request advertising the open positions on the Measure L Bond Oversight Committee.
The initiative was approved by voters in 2006 to alleviate overcrowding in the district’s North Stockton schools, while Measure K has been used to build new schools and reonvate others. It was approved in 2002.
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