At yesterday's Marion County School Board workshop, Marions United co-founder Ray Seaman presented our recommendations for the "Independent Citizens Financial Oversight Committee" authorized by the passage of the one mill school funding referendum earlier this month.
Our recommendations are based off of similar oversight committees in Alachua and Pinellas counties. Here are some of the main highlights:
- The Oversight Committee would be made up of seven members, with five members appointed by each individual school board member, one from the superintendent, and one from the Marion Education Association (MEA).
- An open application process would allow any Marion County citizen to apply to be appointed to the committee, provided they're not an employee of Marion County Public Schools or the MEA.
- The committee's main responsibilities include reviewing the expenditure of the one mill referendum's revenues, writing an annual report on those expenditures, and reporting potential inconsistencies between the referendum's wording and actual expenditures.
- The committee would be subject to both sunshine and open records laws. All meetings would be open to the public.
- Marion County Public Schools would have a number of responsibilities to the Oversight Committee, providing appropriate resources, assistance, and attention where needed.
The full "Responsibilities and Guidelines" proposal presented to the Marion County School Board is below.