BARSTOW — The Barstow Unified School District is starting the process to establish a citizens' independent bond oversight committee in connection with the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds.

Voters during the Nov. 8 general election approved the $39 million bond measure to repair and upgrade aging infrastructure. Trustees are now authorized to issue and sell bonds to finance the upgrades.

The Board of Trustees on Tuesday also will consider a resolution to approve a debt issuance and management policy of the district. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. with Superintendent Jeff Malan administering the oath of office to Trustee-elects Julie Clemmer, Kris Okamuro and Barbara Rose. The election of officers and a closed session will follow. The regular board meeting will start at 7 p.m.

Staff is recommending trustees approve a resolution to establish the oversight committee. According to the staff report, the committee is charged with overseeing the expenditure of bond proceeds. It will consist of seven appointed members by the board from a list of candidates submitting written applications. It will be made up of the following:

• One member will be the parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the district;

• One member will be both a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the district and active in a parent-teacher organization, such as a parent-teacher association or school site council;

• One member will be active in a business organization representing the business community located in the district;

• One member will be active in a senior citizens' organization;

• One member will be active in a bona fide taxpayers association;

• Two members will be selected from the community at-large.

The staff report says the district expects to execute and deliver its Measure F bond in 2017 and must adopt a debt issuance and management policy.

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