Cypress School District Modernization Update
By Beverly M. Hempstead, Superintendent
When our community passed the Measure M General Obligation Bonds, part of the accountability provided for by the law included forming a Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC). The committee's primary purpose is to inform the public at least annually in a written report regarding the expenditure of the bond proceeds. Additionally, the law requires that the committee include membership made up by community members with specific criteria, and allows for a specific term of office.
Our Citizens' Oversight Committee continues to meet, as required by law. The following members comprise this committee, with profile and contact data listed on our Measure M website:
|Michelle Hohmann||Local business representative|
|Kiersten Eaton||PTA parent|
|Steve Robbins||Member of Howard Jarvis taxpayer organization|
|Penny Dash||Member of AARP senior organization|
|Michael Mahony||District parent|
|Steve Hwangbo||Community member-at-large|
|Karen Gibo||Community member-at-large|
At the meeting of this committee held on February 6, 2013, committee members presented and unanimously approved the Annual Report. Highlights of the report include activities of the COC during the 2011/12 school year, fiscal findings concerning expenditures, and the audit report for 2011/12. Based upon their review of the audit report, the committee found that expenditures of Measure M Bond funds by the District have been made for costs, expenses, construction, acquisition, and installation related to projects authorized by Measure M. No Measure M monies have been spent on non-construction related certificated teacher/administrator salaries or other school operating expenses. The Annual Report has been posted on the District's website at www.cypsd.k12.ca.us and anyone without access to the Internet can request a hard copy at the District office.
Through the hard work of District office staff and our modernization team, our modernization projects continue on schedule. Luther School students met last year on their interim site at Swain, with the completed and beautifully modernized Luther School scheduled to open on schedule for the 2013/14 school year. Modernization construction will begin this year at Arnold School, with those students meeting on their interim Dickerson School site this year.
Meetings of the Citizens' Oversight Committee are open to the public. The next meeting is scheduled for February 5, 2014, 4:00 p.m. at the District office. The Cypress School District is appreciative of the community support we have received, and we will continue to provide updates about the progress of our school modernization projects using Measure M funds.