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Don Gattoi chairs Ripon oversight for school bonds

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POSTED March 6, 2013 1:08 a.m.

Don Gatti was named chairman for the Measure G Citizens’ Oversight Committee.

At Monday’s meeting at the Ripon High library, Superintendent Louise Johnson appointed Gatti, who had experience on the previous committee.

He was also tabbed via luck of the draw to serve a two-year term on the nine-member group.

 Under the bylaws set forth by Proposition 39 – according to consultant Yuri Calderon of Caldwell Flores Winters, Inc., this bond measure required 55-percent voter approval for passage, but with safeguards for taxpayers under the conditions of appointing an oversight committee – the Ripon Unified school board-approved group will have the role of informing the public, reviewing expenditures on the project list, and keeping tabs on the audit that’s separate from that of the district.

The actual audit for the $25.2 million bond measure will be conducted by district personnel, Calderon said.

The project list includes renovating Colony Oak and Weston schools – both campuses consist primarily of aging portable units – and paying off the Clinton South parcel used as the Ripon High school farm.

Marge Imfeld, meanwhile, was picked as the vice chair. Her position and that of Gatti’s are limited to consecutive (two-year) terms. Imfeld and Gary Sively, however, are only serving one-year terms.

Committee members Dick Dunham, Stephanie Hobbs, Chad Huskey, Roger Valdez, James D. Moore, and Lori Adams were also picked randomly to serve two-year terms.

The committee also agreed to meet quarterly each year, with the annual organizational meeting scheduled for March.

The group’s next meeting is planned for late June.

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