Members sought for high school district’s Independent Citizens Oversight Committee

By Karen Billing

By Feb. 16, the San Dieguito Union High School District is required to have an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC) for its bond program.

The ICOC ensures that all Prop AA funds are used in support of voter-approved projects, will review cost saving measures, and perform annual audits. The group will be independent from the district’s decision making on items such as contractors or building design, and will have open meetings in accordance with the Brown Act.

The board must decide on the makeup of the ICOC—the committee is required to have no fewer than seven members and it must have individuals from the business community, one active in a senior citizens organization, one member of a taxpayers organization, one member of a parent-teacher organization, and one parent/guardian of a district student.

The board has options on how it will make the selection decisions for the ICOC, whether applicants are publicly interviewed and screened by the board or selected from recommendations from district staff that would handle the screening process.

District superintendent Ken Noah was in favor of the public process involving the entire board because as it is the district’s first time dealing with an ICOC, he thought the entire board should be responsible in the selection.

The board is expected to make a decision about the selection process at its Jan. 17 meeting.