by David Taub

The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee is supposed to oversee bond spending in the Fresno Unified School District. It is currently comprised of 12 members appointed by school board members who meet four times a year. The Fresno Bee recently endorsed Measure X, based in part because there would be a group of citizens watching over spending.

The committee meets four times a year. Based on board minutes, the highest attendance at any given meeting the last four years topped out at 83%. There have been times where members not attending equaled  those who did attend.

The committee’s most recent meeting took place the morning of October 25 at the Fresno Unified Service Center, a location on the west side of Fresno. Seven of the 12 members attended.

They heard presentations from district staff on Measure Q, the current bond. Spending projects and audits were reviewed. Information on the potential recipients of Measure X, which will be decided by voters in less than a week time, was presented. At this meeting, there was no full on discussion.

None of the seven members present ventured in depth about any information received. Some think there is not much oversight going on.

Brooke Ashjian, an elected school board member who is often a critic of the district staff, feels the oversight board has no teeth. “The district doesn’t listen to me. Why would they listen to the board?”

Each board member is allowed to appoint two members. The term lasts two years, with a maximum of three terms. Ashjian’s picks were Jamee Moltini and Dennis Zeuner. Neither has attended a meeting since July of 2015, missing five in a row. Ashjian questions what’s the point of going?

Moltini attended her first two meetings since becoming a board member in 2015 and hasn’t been back since.  Guillermo Moreno also sits on the committee. In the last four years, he is listed as attending three meetings, missing 13. Chuck Riojas has missed at least eight meetings since 2013.

William Clark has the best attendance, making 13 of 16 meetings since 2013.

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A list of the committee members by the trustee who appointed them:

Trustee Brooke Ashjian: Jamee Moltini, Dennis Zeuner

Trustee Luis Chavez: William Clark, Michael Lopez

Trustee Valerie Davis: Guillermo Moreno, vacant

Trustee Cal Johnson: Patricia Pointer, vacant

Trustee Chris De La Cerda: Jose Mejia, vacant

Trustee Carol Mills: Chuck Riojas, Michele Rodriguez

Trustee Janet Ryan: Bruce O’Neal, Dominic Papagni

Superintendent Michael Hanson: Barbara Steck (chair)

 

Fresno Unified Citizens Bond Oversight Committee attendance (last four years)

Meeting date Present Not present
10/25/16 Barbara Steck (chair)

William Clark

Michael Lopez

Dominic Papagni

Patricia Pointer

Chuck Riojas

Bruce O’Neal

Jose Mejia

Jamee Moltini

Guillermo Moreno

Michele Rodriguez

Dennis Zeuner

8/30/16 Barbara Steck (chair)

William Clark

Michele Rodriguez

Al Meyer

Patricia Pointer

Michael Lopez

Jose Mejia

Jamee Moltini

Guillermo Moreno

Dominic Papagni

Chuck Riojas

Dennis Zeuner

4/26/16 Al Meyer  (temporary chair)

William Clark

Michael Lopez

Jose Mejia

Dominic Papagni

Patricia Pointer

Michele Rodriguez

Barbara Steck

Jamee Moltini

Guillermo Moreno

Chuck Riojas

Dennis Zeuner

1/26/16 Nick Yovino (chair)

William Clark

Michael Lopez

Jose Mejia

Al Meyer

Guillermo Moreno

Dominic Papagni

Patricia Pointer

Barbara Steck

Jamee Moltini

Chuck Riojas

Dennis Zeuner

10/27/15 Nick Yovino (chair)

William Clark

Michael Lopez

Jose Mejia

Al Meyer

Patricia Pointer

Chuck Riojas

Kelly Trevino

Jamee Moltini

Guillermo Moreno

Dennis Zeuner

7/28/15 Nick Yovino (chair)

Francine Farber

Al Meyer

Jamee Moltini

Chuck Riojas

Kelly Trevino

Dennis Zeuner

William Clark

Michael Lopez

Jose Mejia

Patricia Pointer

Guillermo Moreno

 

4/28/15 Nick Yovino (chair)

William Clark

Francine Farber

Michael Lopez

Jose Mejia

Al Meyer

Jamee Moltini

Patricia Pointer

Kelly Trevino

Dennis Zeuner

Chuck Riojas

Guillermo Moreno

 

1/27/15 Nick Yovino (chair)

Al Meyer

Guillermo Moreno

Chuck Riojas

Dillon Savory

Kelly Trevino

Mark Babcock

William Clark

Francine Farber

John Farrell

Patricia Pointer

10/28/14 Nick Yovino (chair)

Mark Babcock

Francine Farber

Al Meyer

Chuck Riojas

Patricia Pointer

Kelly Trevino

William Clark

John Farrell

Guillermo Moreno

Dillon Savory

8/26/14 Nick Yovino (chair)

William Clark

Francine Farber

Al Meyer

Dillon Savory

Kelly Trevino

Mark Babcock

John Farrell

Guillermo Moreno

Patricia Pointer

Chuck Riojas

4/22/14 Mark Babcock

William Clark

Francine Farber

Al Meyer

Patricia Pointer

MaryJane Skellerup

Kelly Trevino

John Farrell

Jose Mejia

Guillermo Moreno

Chuck Riojas

Jim Sandrini

Dillon Savory

Nick Yovino (chair)

1/28/14 Mark Babcock

William Clark

Francine Farber

John Farrell

Jose Mejia

Al Meyer

Guillermo Moreno

Patricia Pointer

Chuck Riojas

Kelly Trevino

Jim Sandrini

Dillon Savory

MaryJane Skellerup

Nick Yovino (chair)

10/22/13 Nick Yovino (chair)

William Clark

Francine Farber

Al Meyer

Chuck Riojas

Kelly Trevino

 

Note: Riojas was listed as both attending and not attending in the official minutes

Kacey Auston

Mark Babcock

Guillermo Moreno

Patricia Pointer

Chuck Riojas

Judith Sanchez

Jim Sandrini

Dillon Savory

MaryJane Skellerup

8/27/13 Nick Yovino (chair)

William Clark

Francine Farber

Al Meyer

Kelly Trevino

Kacey Auston

Mark Babcock

Guillermo Moreno

Patricia Pointer

Chuck Riojas

Judith Sanchez

Jim Sandrini

Dillon Savory

MaryJane Skellerup

4/23/13 Nick Yovino (chair)

Mark Babcock

William Clark

Francine Farber

Al Meyer

MaryJane Skellerup

Kelly Trevino

Kacey Auston

Guillermo Moreno

Patricia Pointer

Chuck Riojas

Judith Sanchez

Jim Sandrini

Dillon Savory

 

1/22/13 Nick Yovino (chair)

William Clark

Francine Farber

Al Meyer

Chuck Riojas

Georgia Sisson

Kelly Trevino

Kacey Auston

Mark Babcock

Guillermo Moreno

Patricia Pointer

Judith Sanchez

Jim Sandrini

Dillon Savory

MaryJane Skellerup

 

 

 

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