Posted on: Oct 22, 2010 1:00:00 AM
Contact: Della Elliott
New members and leadership in place for GCCCD Proposition R oversight committee
EL CAJON – – Changes are in store for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.
The last of four recently vacated seats on the oversight committee were filled at this week’s governing board meeting with the appointment of Cuyamaca College student Jacqueline Luis. In addition, the bond committee has selected a new chair, La Mesa resident Ron Asbury, and vice chair, El Cajon resident Sharon Bullard, for 2010-2011.
The committee is charged with ensuring that revenues from Proposition R, a $207 million bond measure approved by East County voters in 2002, are spent on campus construction as promised. The new members were appointed by trustees to replace those whose terms have expired.
The independent committee’s role is to review and report on the district’s use of proceeds from Proposition R to renovate, expand and construct facilities at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. The 11-member volunteer group provides a public accounting of these funds to ensure they are used solely for facilities and not for teacher or administrative salaries or other operating expenses. The committee also oversees the district’s compliance with construction-related legal requirements.
Projects are detailed in the committee’s annual report, posted at its website, which is available by going to www.gcccd.edu and clicking on “construction news.” The annual report includes aerial shots of the campuses before and after Proposition R construction.
The four new members and their affiliations are:
As required by state law, the college district’s governing board appoints the independent committee representing a variety of constituencies. Members must reside within college district boundaries and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms of two years each. The committee is required to include those with expertise in construction, procurement and finance, as well as representatives of business and taxpayer organizations.
The oversight committee has been highlighted by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association at its Golden Watchdog Awards ceremony in recognition of the district’s judicious management of public dollars, and cited as a model for oversight committees across the state.
In keeping with adopted policies, the new members were appointed following interviews with Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.
“The expertise these individuals bring to the CBOC will serve the public well,” Governing Board President Bill Garrett said. “We appreciate their willingness to participate.”
Asbury, the new committee chair, said the district’s seven-year history of clean Proposition R audits reflect sound fiscal management of bond funds. He added that favorable independent program performance reviews show cohesiveness and cooperation between the district, its construction partners and the oversight committee.
Now beginning his second two-year term on the oversight committee, Asbury, a general contractor appointed to the group as the construction industry representative, said he is looking forward to his new assignment as chair.
“The committee serves a critical role as a watchdog over taxpayer dollars and the public can be assured that members take this task very seriously and will continue to be diligent in their oversight,” he said.
As the newest member of the committee, Luis said she welcomes the opportunity to represent her fellow Cuyamaca students in this new role.
At Grossmont College, completed facilities and projects funded in part by Proposition R include: the Health and Sciences Complex, a multistory parking structure, the Exercise Science and Wellness Complex, the Science Laboratory Building, the Digital Arts and Sculpture Complex, the Learning and Technology Resource Center, and the reconfigured entrance road. At Cuyamaca College, projects include: the Business and Technology Building, Science and Technology Center, the Communication Arts Center, the Student Center, the Automotive Technology Complex, and parking lot expansions.
Projects currently under way include the renovation of the Grossmont College Student and Administrative Services/Griffin Center and the Cuyamaca College Learning Resource Center expansion and remodel.
For more information about the colleges and the district, go to www.gcccd.edu