Pearland ISD bond oversight committee will ensure effective bond administration

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With voter approval of the Nov. 8 school bond election, Pearland Independent School District will appoint a bond oversight committee to assure taxpayers that bond projects and funds are managed effectively.

The committee’s purpose will be to review the scope, cost and timeline of each project included in the $220 million bond referendum until all bond projects are completed — approximately four years.

Beginning about six months after the bond is passed, the committee of board-approved community representatives will meet quarterly to review reports on the status and implementation of bond projects to determine whether projects are on schedule, budget and target with the program approved by voters.

While the committee will not have decision-making authority, it will serve in an advisory role to the board of trustees, reporting its findings publicly during open meetings.

“Our top priority is transparency with the community. With voter trust and confidence, we have the responsibility not only to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars but also to show we are addressing the district-wide needs we promised to address with bond funds,” Superintendent Dr. John Kelly said.

Pearland ISD’s bond election focuses on safety/security, technology, growth and aging facilities needs district-wide. This is the first bond election the district has held in 10 years.

To learn more about the bond, visit www.pearlandisd.org/bond2016.

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