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Bond Oversight - Members Sought To Serve On Committee
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With a hopeful eye toward passage of a bond next month, the Escalon Unified School District is looking for members to serve on the bond oversight committee, if the Measure B passes.

"Students' education is Escalon Unified's core focus. Over the last year, the Escalon Unified School District has undertaken a planning process to assess our educational and school facilities needs at each site and to provide options to modernize and improve our facilities," explained Escalon Unified School District Superintendent Ron Costa. "Many of our facilities are over 50 years old and while the District has done a good job of maintaining its schools, substantial improvements are now required. This has been evidenced by the recent failure of the natural gas system and irrigation well at EHS."

After careful study, the district's Board of Trustees has placed Measure "B" on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election. The measure is a local $19.5 million bond to fund required improvements at each school site

Measure "B" would also require an independent oversight committee and annual financial and performance audits to ensure money is used only for voter approved school improvements and repairs and not for salaries, administration, and overhead.

"The Escalon Unified School District is committed to the principles of having an effective citizens' oversight committee and are beginning the process of recruiting individuals to serve on the oversight committee for the proposed bond," said Costa.

The committee must have at least one member representing each of the following categories: active in a business organization representing the business community; active in a senior citizens' organization; active member of a bona fide taxpayer organization' parent or guardian of an Escalon Unified School District student; parent or guardian active in the Escalon Unified PTA/PTSA or school site council

An at-large community member will be sought as well, said Costa.

Applications for the Citizens' Oversight Committee are available at the district office or online at the District website,, in the facilities section under school bond information. Completed applications must be received by Monday, Oct. 22 at the Escalon Unified District Office at 1520 Yosemite Ave.

The district encourages all interested parties to apply. For further information contact the district office at 838-3591.