Citizens' Oversight Committee
Kern County voters approved in November 2004 the Kern High School District’s Measure N, a $219 million general obligation school construction bond. District trustees proposed Measure N in order to fund construction of, among other things, four new comprehensive campuses, modernization efforts at all existing district schools, and a vocational facility for Special Education students. The new schools and other construction are needed to accommodate strong enrollment growth.
Measure N was presented to voters through the State's Proposition 39 program under which a measure is passed with 55% voter approval. Measure N passed with a 67% voter approval.
In 2016, Kern County voters approved Measure K, a $280 million general obligation construction bond. The Kern High School District Board of Trustees proposed Measure K to fund construction of, among other things, a new comprehensive high school, a new vocational educational facility for special education students, a new career technical education center, two aquatic centers, and modernization projects at a number of existing high schools.
Measure K was presented to voters through the State's Proposition 39 Program under which a measure is passed with 55% voter approval. Measure K passed with a 66% voter approval.
State law requires that the formation of a Citizens Oversight Committee to ensure that bond funds are properly used. This committee has been formed. Current members include:
- Don Carter - Senior Citizens' Group
- Donna Chaffee - Representing Community Member/Parent
- Adam Cohen - Representing Kern Tax Payers’ Association
- Jay Gauthier - Representing Community Community
- Russell Johnson - Representing Business Organization
- Marianne Keathley- Representing Parent/Parent-Teacher Organization
- Frank Ramirez- Representing Representing Parent/Parent-Teacher Organization
- Mark Summerhays - Representing Community Member
- Lydia Villa- Representing Parent/Parent-Teacher Organization