A goal of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District is to provide an optimal learning environment for all of its students. District and site staff worked collaboratively with the District's architect to identify the facilities needs for the Facilities Master Plan in 2003. Voters in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District passed Measure B on March 2, 2004 to fund facilities improvements. The $180 million School Improvement and Repair Bond was supplemented with an additional $145 million from the State Facility Program matching funds for a total of $325 million in facilities improvements over the past 12 years. Measure B funds have been exhausted.
The District modernized, enhanced and/or built new facilities at every one of the 36 school sites. All proceeds from the sale of the bonds stayed within the community and were used only for District school facilities. No money was spent on administrators’ salaries. A Citizens’ Oversight Committee was appointed by the Board of Education to ensure that the proceeds were used as intended. This committee has monitored all funds and reviewed independent financial and performance audits annually.
For department related questions, please call Keri at (949) 580-3374 or email Keri Follmer.
PROJECTS FUNDED BY MEASURE B
For a list of projects by site, see accomplishments section.
This community flyer was generated stating that on December 2, 2003, the Saddleback Valley Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to place a school repair and improvement measure on the the March 2004 ballot.
Voters in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District passed Measure B on March 2, 2004 to fund facilities improvements. The $180 million School Improvement and Repair Bond was supplemented with an additional $145 million from State matching funds for a total of $325 million in facilities improvements over the past 12 years. Measure B funds have been exhausted.
- Measure B Meets Taxpayer Association Criteria
- County Treasurer Tax Collector Gives Measure B an "A" Grade
Given the uncertain nature of the State’s economy and its inability to provide the District with the funds necessary to construct, improve and equip our schools; the Board of Education, based on independent polling research, found it feasible to pursue a local general obligation bond to meet these needs. The average tax levy incurred by the community to secure the bonds of this election will be $37.14 per $100,000 (per year) of assessed taxable property (not market value) located within the District.
Approved Board Resolutions: All proceeds from the sale of the bonds have stayed within the community and was used only for District school facilities. No money was spent on administrators’ salaries. In order to ensure that the proceeds were used as intended, a Citizens’ Oversight Committee was appointed by the Board of Education. This committee monitors all funds and prepares independent financial and performance audits annually.
- Aliso Elementary School
- Cielo Vista Elementary School
- Cordillera Elementary School
- de Portola Elementary School
- Del Cerro Elementary School
- Del Lago Elementary School
- Foothill Ranch Elementary School
- Ralph A. Gates Elementary School
- Glen Yermo Elementary School
- La Madera Elementary School
- Lake Forest Elementary School
- Linda Vista Elementary School
- Lomarena Elementary School
- Melinda Heights Elementary School
- Montevideo Elementary School
- O'Neil Elementary School
- Olivewood Elementary School
- Portola Hills Elementary School
- Rancho Canada Elementary School
- Robinson Elementary School
- San Joaquin Elementary School
- Santiago Elementary School
- Trabuco Elementary School
- Trabuco Mesa Elementary School
- Valencia Elementary School
The COC consists of 7-10 members that are appointed by the SVUSD School Board and serve a two-year, renewable term without compensation. The COC meets regularly.
Donald R. Froelich, Chairman
Donald R. Froelich has significant hands-on experience in the implementation of large public works construction projects. Mr. Froelich was employed by the Metropolitan Water District for 24 years as a supervising engineer in planning for water supplies and water facilities for southern California and later served as the Water Utility Manager for the City of Glendale for 14 years before recently entering into semi-retirement. He currently is President of the Board of Directors of the Moulton Niguel Water District. In these capacities, Mr. Froelich worked on numerous public works projects, helping ensure that the projects were completed on time and on budget.
A registered civil engineer and member of the California Bar, he earned his bachelor and a master's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and a law degree from Blackstone College. In addition to his engineering background, Mr. Froelich was an adjunct professor at Santiago Canyon College in Orange teaching Water Utility Management. He resides in Laguna Hills.
Walter Fawcett, Member
Walter Fawcett is the founder and president of Fawcett Technology Advisors, a consulting firm that helps businesses manage growth with Client Relationship Management software. Walter has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of business technology disciplines including consulting, application development and infrastructure design. He has worked for a range of companies including IBM, Oracle, Wal-Mart, Affinity Development Group, Boeing and USF&G Insurance.
Walter lives in south Orange County with his wife and three daughters (MVHS 2012, MVHS 2015 and MVHS 2019). Walter’s wife, Joy Fawcett, played 18 years with the US National Soccer team which included 2 Olympic Gold Medals and 2 World Cup Championships. Walter has served on the Board of Directors for South Slammers FC, Saddleback United Soccer Club and the Orange County Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.
Ernestine Jones, Vice Chair
Ernestine Jones brings a solid mix of public and private sector experience to the Bond Measure Citizens' Oversight Committee. As a Finance Director for a Municipality, Ms. Jones regularly deals with issues concerning municipal finance and accountability. She is a CA Certified Municipal Treasurer and holds a Business degree from Auburn University and Master’s Degrees in Business and Management from Webster University. She is an active member of the CA Municipal Treasurers Association and CA Society of Municipal Treasurers Association board member.
The parent of a Trabuco Hills High School graduate, Ms. Jones has been active in District activities for many years. She was a member and previously served as the Auditor for the Trabuco Hills High School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). She also served as the Education Council representative at Los Alisos Intermediate School. Ms. Jones is a former member of the Del Lago Elementary School PTA and a representative on the school's Site Council.
Matthew A. Kasa, Member
As a Financial Advisor, Matthew is passionate about helping Saddleback Valley families and small businesses realize their financial goals. Matthew’s wife and three children live in Lake Forest and all three children will eventually attend school at Saddleback Valley School District. Matthew is a member of his children's parent-teacher organization at Gates Elementary School and has more than 12 years of professional experience. After an honorable discharge for the U.S. Marine Corps, Matthew graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration concentrating in Financial Planning.
Stuart Luce, Member
Stuart Luce and his wife have lived in Laguna Hills since 1980 and their two daughters attended several Saddleback Valley Unified School District schools: Valencia Elementary, Los Alisos Intermediate and Laguna Hills High School (LHHS) from which they both graduated. Both daughters have also lived in Laguna Hills, off and on, with their respective families. The oldest granddaughter was a cheerleader for the (undefeated) 2009 LHHS football team before graduating that spring, and two grandsons attended Valencia Elementary before their family moved to Ohio. Mr. Luce retired after 33 years with the McDonald Douglas Aircraft Company where he held System Engineering and Program Management positions. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State College in 1961 and furthered his education with graduate level engineering and business management courses at UCLA.
Laura Mahfood, Member
Ms. Mahfood graduated from Capistrano Valley High School and earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics from San Diego State University. She is a resident of Laguna Hill’s since 1995. Her son and daughter went to Valencia Elementary school where she volunteered in the Art Master’s program teaching art lessons to her children’s classes. Both children graduated from Laguna Hills High School and were active in water polo and tennis. Ms. Mahfood is currently the Facilities Manager at Garden Grove Unified School District and has worked both as a consultant and district employee. She has been involved in planning and construction and is knowledgeable in budgets and schedules for public works contracts.
Mark Tettemer, Member
Mark Tettemer has many years of experience in the public sector, both as staff as well as an elected official, where he has worked on planning, policy, legislation, and regulatory matters. For the past thirteen years, Mr. Tettemer has worked for a regional water agency where he works on water resource issues. Mr. Tettemer served on the City of Lake Forest Planning Commission from 2002 – 2004, was on City Council from 2005 – 2012, and was the Mayor of the City of Lake Forest in 2008 & 2009. He also was a Board Member on the Orange County Fire Authority from 2006 – 2012 and served as the Chairman of the Board from December 2010 – August 2012. Mr. Tettemer has been active with SVUSD for many years. He was a member of PTA for many years while his kids attended La Madera Elementary School. Mr. Tettemer has volunteered at El Toro High School’s Grad Night and on the El Toro High School Boys Volleyball Booster Club. Mr. Tettemer is married to his wife of 28 years, Brenda, and has two kids, daughter Kylie (ETHS Class of 2012) who graduated from California State University, Fullerton and son Garrett (ETHS Class of 2016) who is attending California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. Mr. Tettemer has a Business Degree and a Master's Degree in Public Administration.
2017-18 COC Meeting Dates
- August 17, 2017
- February 1, 2018
Meetings are scheduled to be held at the SVUSD District Education Center, located at 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Guests attending the meeting must check-in at the District Office Main Lobby. For questions, please contact the Facilities Department at (949) 580-3250.
Regularly Scheduled Meeting
- Measure B Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC)
- February 1, 2018, 8:30 a.m.
- District Education Center
25631 Peter A. Hartman Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
- Note: Must check-in through the front office
- The Citizens’ Oversight Committee is a requirement of the “Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Safety and Repair Measure.” This is known as Measure B.
- 2004-2005 1st COC Annual Report
- 2005-2006 2nd COC Annual Report
- 2006-2007 3rd COC Annual Report
- 2007-2008 4th COC Annual Report
- 2008-2009 5th COC Annual Report
- 2009-2010 6th COC Annual Report
- 2010-2011 7th COC Annual Report
- 2011-2012 8th COC Annual Report
- 2012-2013 9th COC Annual Report
- 2013-2014 10th COC Annual Report
- 2014-2015 11th COC Annual Report
- 2015-2016 12th COC Annual Report
- 2016-2017 13th COC Annual Report