Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee Overview
In July, the Governing Board took action to place a $79 million dollar General Obligation Bond on the November 6th ballot. With the passage of the bond it will now guarantee improvements to the structures and instructional operations of the District. Here is what you can expect as a taxpayer of the Bellflower Unified School District. Measure BB will provide for our children’s classrooms and all schools by:
- Expanding District vocational education programs/facilities including welding, automotive technology,medical and health technology, and construction trades.
- Upgrading classrooms with up-to-date computers and technology.
- Repairing aging school classrooms /facilities throughout the District.
- Replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.
- Upgrading and improving physical education facilities and programs.
- Making restrooms and classrooms handicap accessible.
- Repairing and replacing leaky roofs.
The Measure contains the following taxpayer protections:
- Restrictions that no funds can be spent on administrative salaries, benefits or pensions.
- Annual review by an independent citizens’ oversight committee of all expenditures.
- Legally required annual audits of all spending.
- Interest rates are at historic lows.
By law, the Measure BB funds must be used for our children’s schools and cannot be taken away by the state and spent elsewhere.
On December 13, 2012, the Bellflower Unified School District Governing Board passed a Resolution which will allow them to appoint a seven member Citizens Oversight Committee. The committee, which will meet at least once a quarter during the year, reviews expenditures, informs the public of the bond program’s status, and provides an annual report to the Governing Board at a regularly scheduled meeting.
The minimal qualifications to be a member of the Committee are that the individual is at least 18 years of age, with preference to those that reside within the District’s geographic boundary. If you are interested in seeking a position on the seven member committee, please submit a letter of interest to the Superintendent’s office. The letter may be faxed to 562-866-7713, or mailed to 16703 S. Clark Ave., Bellflower, CA. 90706, attention Superintendent’s office. You can also call 562-866-9011 ext. 2103 if you have any questions or need of further information.