District seeks applicants for Capital Construction Bond
April 4, 2017
The Gresham-Barlow School Board is seeking several community members to serve on the volunteer Capital Construction Bond Citizen Oversight Committee.
The committee actively monitors and regularly reports to the school board on the progress of the bond program including:
- Ensure bond revenues are used only for the purposes consistent with the voter-approved 2016 bond program and consistent with state law.
- Reduce long-term maintenance, construction costs and improving efficiency and longevity, and innovative practices.
- Communicate key information related to the bond to all stakeholders.
- Review bond program performance and financial audits; and may inspect school facilities and grounds related to bond activities accompanied by district staff.
- Review quarterly reports produced by the district each year the bond proceeds are being spent in order to assess general compliance with the bond program approved by voters.
The committee will consist of seven to eleven members selected by the school board and include a school board member. Members will serve three-year terms and may reapply for consideration to serve additional terms. A member may not serve more than eight consecutive years.
The committee will meet quarterly or as requested by the school board, superintendent, or district staff. Committee meetings are advisory. Committee meetings shall be open to the public and include an opportunity for public comment.
Oversight Committee Charter (pdf)
- Committee membership will reflect a combination of experience in development, building design, construction, construction financing, public contracting, budgeting and/or auditing. Community members should demonstrate sustained volunteer engagement in Gresham-Barlow schools.
- Good reputation in the community for fairness and transparency.
- May not be an employee or official of the district, vendor, contractor, or consultant of the district.
†Individuals interested in applying should submit a letter or email of interest and a current resume by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017.
Please send letters or emails of interest and resume to:
Gresham-Barlow School District Business Office
1331 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, OR 97030
Or email to: email@example.com
For more information, please contact Mike Schofield, chief financial officer, at 503-261-4567.
About the 2016 Bond
In November 2016, the voters of Gresham-Barlow School District approved a capital construction bond in the amount of $291.17 million.† Additionally, the state of Oregon awarded the school district a capital construction grant of $8 million.† This grant was only available upon successful passage of the bond measure.
School bond projects will increase student and staff safety, improve access to modern technology, and address chronic overcrowding through upgrades and updates made to schools and classrooms throughout the district.
Significant projects include major renovations of Gresham High School and Sam Barlow High School, replacement of North Gresham and East Gresham elementary schools (on the same sites), classroom additions at Hall and Hollydale elementary schools and an addition at the Deep Creek Elementary School building to better meet the needs of the current K-8 program.†
About the Gresham-Barlow School District
The Gresham-Barlow School District serves families with students in grades K-12 and has a student population of more than 11,700. The district has 18 schools and a solid reputation for providing its students with a quality education. On Oregonís Statewide Assessment, students compare favorably with those from other districts of similar socio-economic make-up.
The districtís curriculum is designed to promote the basic skills and positive attitudes required for students to lead full and productive lives in the 21st century. The district is also proud of its exceptional staff. Several of our staff members are recognized nationally for their effectiveness.