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March 21, 2006 > Fremont Bond Oversight members

Fremont Bond Oversight members

by Gary Leatherman

Six members of the Fremont Unified School District Citizens' Bond Oversight (CBOC) completed their second consecutive term in February and were required by state law to step down for new members to be appointed. Ken Ballard, Bernadette Chin, Russell Engle and Judith Molander were charter members of the CBOC who started their terms on the CBOC with the approval of the FUSD Health and Safety Bond in 2002. Mike Forney and Chinmoy Roy were named to fill out the terms of other charter members who resigned during their first term.

Board member Nina Moore said the CBOC was "quite an awe-inspiring group." She said many of the members had experience with the 1991 bond and are known to be detail-oriented. "They looked at things with a critical eye," she said. "They wanted to make sure we didn't repeat past mistakes. They were exactly the people we wanted on the committee."

Board President Larry Sweeney said the flawless audit reports the district has received for the health and safety bond are due in large part to the diligence of the CBOC members. "They will be a tough set of shoes for the next group to fill," he said. "They are a fantastic example of what every committee should be."

At its February 22 meeting the Board appointed eight new members who will bring the CBOC up to its full membership of 11. Two members, Ashok Bhatt and Elise Blagley, are completing their current terms. Member Gary Scott was reappointed to a second term. The new members are Silvia Amico, Gerry McFaull, Atul Santi, Syed Waseem Brelvi, David Bain, Dave Wu, Robert Monkman and S. Reshma Yunus.

Proposition 39 bonds require independent citizen oversight because they can be approved with a 55 percent supermajority rather than the two-thirds supermajority required for school bond measures before 2001. A citizens' oversight committee is required to have at least one member who is a parent and one who is active in each of the following: a business organization, a taxpayers' organization, a parent-teacher organization or a senior citizens' group. Each of the new members belongs to one or more of the five required categories.

The new members were sworn in at the March 1 CBOC meeting at the FUSD Education Center.

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