OUSD appoints members to bond citizens' committee

By Sentry Staff

The Orange Unified School District Board of Trustees appointed seven people to serve on the oversight committee that will monitor expenditures if the Measure S school bond is successful. The appointment of a citizens committee is legally required,once a school bond passes.

OUSD opted to select the committee in advance of the bond vote to let taxpayers know who will be minding the store.

The appointees represent a variety of constituencies, including businesses, taxpayers and parents. Members are, from Anaheim, Trevor O’Neil, representing a business organization, and William Utter, representing senior citizens. Carolyn Cavecche From Orange is president of the Orange County Taxpayers Association, and will represent taxpayers on the committee. Jennifer Schuerger, also from Orange, represents district parent-teacher organizations, and Diana Fascenelli of Villa Park represents parents in general. Bill Campbell from Villa Park, and Shah Mrunal from Anaheim will serve as representatives at large.

The committee members were chosen from 18 applicants. O’Neil is a business owner and member of the Orange Chamber of Commerce. Utter is a retired banker and chief financial officer, now serving on the board of directors for the Orange SeniorCenter. Cavecche became president and CEO of OC Taxpayers after serving six years as the mayor of Orange. Schuerger is a business owner and chief financial officer, serving as president of the Orange Community Council PTA.

Fascenelli is a law office administrator/accountant, and is a member of the Villa Park City Council, having served a one-year term as mayor. Campbell is a retired business owner, state assemblyman, and was third district supervisor for eight years. Mrunal is an attorney and member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

The committee’s role is to inform the public about the expenditures of bond revenues, and ensure that the money is spent for the construction or rehabilitation of school facilities, equipping or furnishing school facilities, or leasing property for school facilities. The committee will review copies of annual independent performance and financial audits, inspect school facilities and grounds, review deferred maintenance proposals, and review district efforts to maximize bond revenues.

The committee has no authority over the school board or district personnel. It is required to meet annually, but may convene more often if it desires. Its members' terms are two years.