Chino Valley Unified School District
Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee

Welcome to the Website for the Citizens' Oversight Committee for Bond Measure M expenditures for the Chino Valley Unified School District.

On March 5, 2002, 61.8% of Chino Valley Unified School District voters approved Bond Measure M and the issuance of $150 million of bonds for the construction of new schools and renovation of existing school sites within the Chino Valley Unified School District. In compliance with the passing of Proposition 39 on November 8, 2000, and the accompanying legislation, AB 1908, the Board of Trustees of the Chino Valley Unified School District appointed a Citizens Oversight Committee on March 21, 2002 to undertake vigorous efforts to ensure that the expenditure of Bond Measure M funds are in strict conformity with the law and to inform the public concerning the expenditure of bond revenues.
 
On November 9, 2004, the State of California Attorney General’s Office, released an official report which clarified the use of school bond proceeds for salaries. This clarification states, “that the proceeds from the sale of the bonds be used only for the purposes specified in Article XIII A, Section 1(b)(3), and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses”.
 
Article XIII A, Section 1(b)(3)
(3) Bonded indebtedness incurred by a school district, community college district, or county office of education for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, approved by 55 percent of the voters of the district or county, as appropriate, voting on the proposition on or after the effective date of the measure adding this paragraph. This paragraph shall apply only if the proposition approved by the voters and resulting in the bonded indebtedness includes all of the following accountability requirements:
 
(A) A requirement that the proceeds from the sale of the bonds be used only for the purposes specified in Article XIII A, Section 1(b)(3), and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.
(B) A list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded and certification that the school district board, community college board, or county office of education has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in developing that list.
(C) A requirement that the school district board, community college board, or county office of education conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been expended only on the specific projects listed.
(D) A requirement that the school district board, community college board, or county office of education conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the school facilities projects.
 
To date, the District has grown the original $150 million in Measure M bond funds into a $330 million construction program by utilizing additional funds available from the State Office of Public School Construction, the Deferred Maintenance Funding and interest earned.

As members of the Citizens' Oversight Committee, it is our commitment to fulfill our obligations as mandated by state law and our Bylaws. We hope that this website will be an effective medium for communicating with the public. Please make use of this website to offer any constructive feedback or recommendations concerning our efforts, to become acquainted with our committee members, to be informed of upcoming and past meeting agendas and minutes, and to monitor the progress of new construction and renovation of Measure M projects. We look forward to serving you!

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