Measuring up Measure U funding

By Reggie Ellis

Next week, the Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee for Exeter Union High School District's Measure S will disband after a job well done.

In a letter from Chairperson Ray Strable to EUHSD, the committee reported that all components of the project had been completed within the $4 million bond money that was approved by voters in March 2001. There was even $267,468 left over to be used for architectural and site fees for modernization projects that are part of the next bond measure passed.

&#8220We are thankful that the voters are not only willing to support but also invest more in the direction of the school district,” said Superintendent Renee Whitson.

Just as one project list has ended, another is about to begin and EUHSD is asking for applications for a new bond committee to oversee the spending of the $5.1 million provided by Measure U. Approved by 62% of voters in November of last year, Measure will fund rehabilitation and modernization projects in two phases. The first phase would include converting the old administration building on the north side into modernized classrooms for technical training in photography, audio-video production and media room. Phase 1 would also include replacing outdated electrical infrastructure from the ceiling and putting it into underground and refurbishing the restrooms.

Phase 2 would include converting the 10s wing into modernized classrooms, upgrading the ag farm and Kaweah High School classrooms to meet current standards. Phase 2 would also include refurbishing Smith Gym with new seating, restrooms, locker rooms, improved acoustics, new lobby, new concession area and improve the ventilation systems and refinish the floors in both the Smith and Holaday gymnasiums.

&#8220Bond oversight committees are required by law but are also important to the entire process,” Whitson said. &#8220They helped improve the school district's bond rating from an A minus to A and we have a quarter-of-a-million dollars left over to help fund future projects.”

The purpose of the oversight committee is to ensure that bond money is spent efficiently and timely and only on projects that were promised to voters. It is the committee's responsibility to review ongoing expenditures and to inform the public about any waste or impropriety on the part of the school district.

The oversight committee must include at least seven members to serve for a term of two years for no more than two consecutive terms. The committee must include one of each of the following:

Start typing and press Enter to search