FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2007
Citizens Invited to Serve on Measure M Committee
The Santa Clarita Community College District is seeking nominations and applications from qualified candidates who would like to serve on the Measure M Oversight Committee.
Measure M, the $160 million bond measure approved by voters on November 7, is subject to strict accountability rules mandated by Proposition 39. The law requires the college to appoint a committee to provide oversight to ensure bond revenues are expended only on those projects specified in the bond measure and that they are not spent on instructor or administrator salaries or operating expenses of the District.
The district's Board of Trustees is particularly interested in attracting committee volunteers who can bring a variety of talents to the process such as:
- knowledge of the Santa Clarita Community College District
- knowledge of the local (Santa Clarita Valley) community
- knowledge of financial/budgeting matters
- availability to invest time to attend scheduled meetings
- experience in community relations and local community involvement
- demonstrated interest in higher education issues
- involvement in previous volunteer positions.
For detailed information about how to become a committee member or to receive a nomination packet in the mail, call the Office of the Superintendent-President at College of the Canyons at (661) 362-3400 or click on the Measure M Committee button at www.canyons.edu. The Web site also has complete information about Measure M, an application form and instructions for submitting nominations. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.
By law, members of the oversight commit must represent five categories:
- a recognized community business organization,
- a senior citizens' organization,
- a bona fide taxpayers' organization,
- a student government member,
- a Santa Clarita Community College District advisory committee or foundation board member.
The law excludes from service any college employee or citizen with a potential conflict of interest.
This same process was used to oversee the bond revenues and expenditures of Measure C, the $82.1 million bond measure approved by voters in 2001. Although the committee was required to have at least seven members, 12 citizens were appointed.