Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Citizens’ Oversight Committee


California state law (AB 1908) and Proposition 39 require that an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee be appointed by the Board of Education within sixty days of their certification of election results. The Saddleback Valley Unified School District will provide for independent, outside scrutiny by establishing an Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee for the purpose of ensuring that the bond proceeds are expended in accordance with the bond measure approved by the voters.


Composition of the Committee

The committee will consist of 10 members, 6 of whom must meet the following criteria:

Ř     One member active in a business Organization representing the business and financial community located within the district

Ř     One member actively involved in a senior citizens’ organization

Ř     One member active in a local taxpayers’ organization

Ř     A parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the district and active in a parent-teacher organization

Ř     Representative from the property and facilities management community

Ř     Representative from the construction community

Each committee member shall serve a two-year, renewable term without compensation. Members may only serve a maximum of four years. Two alternates will be selected in the event a committee member needs to step down.

In accordance with California State law and the regulations of Proposition 39, the Citizens’ Oversight Committee membership shall include no vendors doing business with the Saddleback Valley Unified School District and no current Board of Education members; it shall not have any emphasis on government employees, or on union or employee association members. Appointed members shall sign a conflict of interest pledge prepared by legal counsel for the Orange County Department of Education.

Duties and Responsibilities

The specific duties and responsibilities of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee will be to:

Ř     Review the timing and amount of each series of bonds to fund school construction and repairs;

Ř     Verify that capital facilities work is executed and the bond proceeds are expended in accordance with the bond measure and the Board-approved Facilities Master Plan;

Ř     Review the annual audit of bond proceeds and state matching funds; and

Ř     Present the annual financial and performance audits to the Board of Education at a regularly scheduled Board Meeting

The Citizens’ Oversight Committee shall exist until all bond proceeds are expended.

Selection Process

A selection committee will invite selected applicants for interviews. The final announcement of committee members will be made by the Board of Education at their May 11, 2004 meeting.


Deadline to Apply

Applications will be available beginning March 23, 2004 and may be obtained from our District Office or downloaded from our web site at All applications must be received at the district office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2004. If returning an application by mail, please allow sufficient time for mail delivery. Completed applications may also be faxed to: (949) 951-0994.


The District Office is located at 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, Ca 92691. If you have questions, please contact Laura Ott at (949) 580-3282.