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Mon, June 17

Mingus names bond oversight committee

COTTONWOOD - A key component to the Capital Bond process is making sure nothing is forgotten.

Mingus Union High School Superintendent Dr. Paul Tighe recently created a Bond Oversight Committee to do just that.

Having met earlier this week, the committee has been charged with monitoring the progress of the bond project and to make sure Mingus Union High School District delivers what it promised its voters.

"We developed a list of capital projects and equipment that was summarized in the voter information packet," says MUHSD Business Manager Kirk Waddle. "The committee consists of community leaders and supporters that have a vested interest in the integrity of the plan."

MUHSD's Bond Oversight Committee includes district Business Manager Kirk Waddle, Plant Manager Gary Allred, Board Member Dr. Robb Williams, teacher Mike Westcott, Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh, retired school district accountant Dave Gross, retired police chief Jody Fanning and local business owner Tandy Taylor.

Waddle and Tighe will oversee the committee. Though Tighe will step down as superintendent at the end of the school year, Waddle will oversee the committee with Tighe's replacement.

Tighe likens the oversight committee to "an accountability layer as an assurance to taxpayers that we spend the bond money as intended and advertised in the voter information pamphlet."

At this time, the oversight committee plans to meet bimonthly, Tighe says, "to get updates on projects and expenditures."

Cottonwood-Oak Creek

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District also has a community member-based Bond Oversight Committee that meets monthly to review projects and budgets.

"We contracted with H2Group as our project manager. It is their job to represent the district in contract negotiation and oversight of the building projects," says COCSD Superintendent Barb U'Ren. "The H2Group also assures that our projects are within the scope of the bond."

Both U'Ren and COCSD Director of Business Services David Snyder visit community groups to review projects and budgets. U'Ren says that not only does Snyder provide a monthly report to the district governing board, he "also has spreadsheets always available for public inspection."

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