• Measure W Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee

     
    On June 5, 2012, the community approved Measure W, a $67 annual educational parcel tax to improve local elementary and middle school education for all students, with funds that cannot be taken by the State. As stated in Resolution 10, passed by the school board on February 22, 2012, funds from Measure W will be used to enhance reading, writing, math, and science skills; attract and retain qualified teachers; and support school libraries.
     
    The resolution passed by the Board for Measure W requires reporting and oversight, including formation of a Citizen’s Oversight Committee:
    “Independent Citizen Oversight Committee. The Board shall provide for the creation of an independent citizen oversight committee to oversee the special taxes collected pursuant to the Measure to ensure that moneys raised under this Measure are spent only for the purposes described in this Measure. The Board shall provide by resolution for the composition, duties, funding, and other necessary information regarding the committee’s formation and operation.” (Resolution 10, passed on February 22, 2012)
     
    The Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee is  comprised of 9 citizens, including:
          a.    3 parents of current students
          b.    3 community members
          c.    3 local business owners
     
    As an Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee, the committee is comprised solely of individuals who are not staff members or trustees of the Redwood City School District.  However, the Chief Business Official and one board member attend Oversight Committee meetings for the purpose of reporting on Measure W expenditures and answering questions from the Committee.
     
    Committee members serve 2-year or 3-year terms, with 4 slots designated for 2-year terms, and 5 slots designated for 3-year terms.  This allows for continuity on the Committee as terms phase out.  Committee members will be able to reapply to serve a second term, if desired.

    Process for appointing the Committee:
     
    The Administration reviewed the applications and recommended a slate of candidates for board approval.  All applications were provided to the board and are  available for public review.
     
    The first meeting of the newly-formed Citizens’ Measure W Oversight Committee was held at 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2013 in the District Office Conference Room, 750 Bradford Street, in Redwood City.  The Committee membership was approved by the Redwood City School District Governing Board at their regular meeting on October 10, 2012.  Committee members addressed several organizational matters during the course of this session. Terms of office were determined by drawing of lots.

    In 2013, the following five members drew three-year terms of office:
        •    Alan Tidwell, Parent   
        •    Lisa Carlos Queener, Community Member
        •    Stacey Wagner, Parent
        •    Alpio Barbara, Local Business Owner
        •    Don Gibson, Local Business Owner

    In 2013, the following four members drew two-year terms of office:
        •    Margie Carrington, Community Member
        •    Janet Borgens, Local Business Owner
        •    Carol Sanders, Community Member
        •    Tim Kreidler, Parent
     
    In 2015, the following two members returned to serve three-year terms of office:
        •    Margie Carrington, Community Member
        •    Janet Borgens, Local Business Owner
     
     
    In 2015, the following two members were appointed to serve three-year terms of office:
        •    Rhea Yauch, Community Member
        •    Matt Schoenstein, Parent
     
    In 2016, the following two members returned to serve two-year terms of office:
        •    Alpio Barbara, Local Business Member
        •    Don Gibson, Local Business Owner
     
     
    In 2016, the following two members were appointed to serve two-year terms of office:
        •    Carol Sanders, Community Member
        •    Hannah Steiner, Community Member
        •    Teresa Lucas, Parent 
        •    Melissa Aimee Walter, Parent 
        
    In related organizational matters, Committee members elected Margie Carrington to serve as Chair and Alan Tidwell to serve as Vice-Chair, from April, 2013 - April, 2015.  In May, 2016, Committee members re-elected Margie Carrington to serve as Chair and Carol Sanders to serve as Vice-Chair.

    Through May 2016, the Committee has met the following additional occasions:
          1)  May 16, 2013
          2)  October 24, 2013
          3)  January 30, 2014
          4)  February 26, 2014
          5)  June 24, 2014
          6)  January 20, 2015
          7)  September 22, 2015
          8)  October 27, 2015
          9)  May 31, 2016 
     
    In addition, since the first meeting on April 23, 2013, Committee updates have been regularly provided to the Redwood City School District Governing Board in open session by Board subcommittee member Dennis McBride.  Committee member consensus was reached during the course of the Committee meeting held in October on an action plan and timeline leading to the presentation of a closing Year One report to the Redwood City School District Governing Board.