• Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee Releases Annual Report

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    April 3, 2023
    Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee Releases Annual Report
    Report highlights include GUHSD's perfect score for transparency from San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation
    EL CAJON – The Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) has released its 2022 Annual Report. The report offers a wealth of information regarding District expenditures on GUHSD construction projects approved by voters through their passage of Proposition U, a $417 million bond passed in 2008, and Measure BB, a $128 million bond passed in 2016. This year’s report reviewed construction projects that were completed in 2022 and those scheduled to be completed in 2023.
    A highlight of the report was that GUHSD received a perfect score of A+ on the School Bond Transparency Report Card from the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation. A perfect score was awarded to only two school districts in San Diego County.  The report concludes “that the projects for 2022 were consistent with the plan established and approved by the GUHSD Governing Board. Further, the financial reports presented to the CBOC from the District for the projects completed and underway were consistent with reported expenditures.” The full report can be found here.
    "The investment made by East County citizens demonstrates their unyielding commitment to delivering a world-class, well-rounded education for our students,” said GUHSD Superintendent Mary Beth Kastan. “We take our responsibility to be good stewards of that investment very seriously, and that’s why we’re extremely proud to have earned a perfect score for transparency from the San Diego Taxpayers Education Foundation,” she added.
    In the report, 2022 CBOC Chair Randall Sanner explains that the "CBOC provides an independent examination of District bond project planning and spending to afford the taxpayers and community at large validation that funds are being spent as intended and designed.” The committee consists of eleven volunteer members appointed by the GUHSD Governing Board. The CBOC examines expenditures by reviewing planning documents and financial reports, and they also visit construction sites and completed projects to ensure that project work is consistent with reported expenditures. 
    "We promised East County voters that we’d build safe, modern high schools, that we’d do so with transparency, and we’d always be accountable to them,” said GUHSD Governing Board President Robert Shield. “We have delivered on that promise, thanks in large part to our CBOC members’ countless hours of dedicated service,” continued President Shield.