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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
  • Jay Gauthier - Representing Community Community
  • Russell Johnson - Representing Community Member/Business 
  • Marianne Keathley- Representing Parent/Parent-Teacher Organization
  • Frank Ramirez- Representing Representing Parent/Parent-Teacher Organization
  • Rolly Rhodes- Representing Community Member
  • Oscar Rudnick- Representing Business Organization 
  • Tim Rushing- Representing Kern Tax Payers’ Association
  • Dawn Silberberg- Representing Community Member
  • Mark Summerhays - Representing Community Member
  • Grover Waldon- Representing Community Member
Email the Citizens' Oversight Committee:
All Committee proceedings shall be open to the public and shall be subject to the provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act. All documents received by the Committee and reports issued by the Committee shall be a matter of public record and be made available on an Internet website maintained by the governing body of the school district. [Education Code §15280(b)]
The next upcoming meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM at  the Regional Occupational Center (ROC). All minutes of Committee meetings will be made available on this website upon adoption.