Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Two new members on district's bond oversight committee

         A retired bank manager and a healthcare educator have been appointed to serve on the citizens’ committee charged with ensuring that revenues from two construction bonds for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District are spent as promised to voters.

Sharon Bullard, who managed bank branches in East County for more than 15 years, was selected to serve on the district’s Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee, along with Marlene Ruiz, director of  Education and Consulting Services for Southern California Kaiser Permanente.

Both appointments were approved by the district’s Governing Board Oct. 21. Board trustees also voted to extend the term of the oversight committee’s student member Zack Gianino, the Grossmont College student trustee.

The committee consists of at least 10 members who reside in the college district jurisdiction and  are charged with assuring public accountability for revenues from two general obligation bond measures, Proposition R and V.

Bullard filled a vacancy on the committee requiring a  member with expertise as a financial professional; Ruiz filled a vacancy that required a member of a college advisory committee. Ruiz serves on the Grossmont College Health Workforce Initiative Advisory Committee.

Bullard has been a long-time supporter of the college district. She is  a member of the college district auxiliary board of directors and past co-chair of the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, and previously volunteered as a bond oversight committee member from 2007-2011.

“It has been very exciting to see the physical growth at both colleges,” said Bullard, a Santee resident . “I feel I can bring my experience and understanding of our community to the CBOC.”

Ruiz, who lives in El Cajon, became licensed as a registered nurse in 1960 and worked at  several local hospitals. She returned to college to earn a bachelor’s in nursing and a master’s in education from San Diego State University, where she was an adjunct faculty member in the nursing program for the past 15 years.

From 2002-2013, she was coordinator of a program at the San Diego Welcome Back Center that prepares internationally trained nurses for the National Council Licensure Examination. The Welcome Back Center has worked in partnership with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District since 2001 to help more than 3,600 foreign-trained doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals acquire the credentials needed in the United States to continue their careers.

Proposition R, a $207 million bond measure, was approved by the East County electorate in 2002.  Along with $68 million in state matching funds, money from Prop. R was used to construct or renovate 13 major projects on the Grossmont and Cuyamaca college campuses. Independent annual audits of the bond funds have been spotless throughout the life of the projects .

Voters passed the $398 million bond measure Proposition V in November 2012 to continue the work started by Prop. R to address longstanding facility, infrastructure and technology needs.

 “We are most fortunate to have such an accomplished and dedicated pair of volunteers to serve on the oversight committee,” Governing Board President Bill Garrett said.  “The knowledge and expertise of these individuals will serve the committee and public exceedingly well.”