Bond Oversight Committee set to watch bond processes

The School District 55 Bond Oversight Committee met Thursday night defining its role and organizing the way it will function.

The committee was developed to oversee the School District’s bond projects.

School District 55 passed an $18.5 million bond in May. Among bond projects are the demolition and reconstruction of major portions of the high school and new classrooms at Hawthorne Elementary School as well as a number of projects ranging from roofing to blacktop.

The establishment of the Oversight Committee was a provision within the bond itself to ensure the accountability of the School District in spending the bond funds.

The committee does not make decisions, but members of the committee would like to keep tabs on the various steps of the bond projects.

The committee’s role is to observe the use of bond funds and relay the information to the public, committee member Michelle Petersen said.

At the same time, members of the committee will want to see bids after they close for various projects.

Carol Babcock volunteered to review financial statements relating to bond projects.

The committee selected Charlene Adams to be spokesman for the committee as it does its review work.

The committee will meet again at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 in the School Board room at the Central Office.